Lisa was invited as a special guest today to attend the care home’s fun open day.

It was lovely to see so many residents and their families at the Open Day. The sunny hot weather made it even more special. Lisa attended with Mark her husband and they were looked after by Fran the Manager and Kaye one of the management staff and offered some refreshments.

Everyone was having lovely time with music entertainment. The entertainer was dressed in a Pearly King outfit and played and sang some old songs.

Fran then introduced Lisa to say a few words. Lisa was informed that all the residents took part in painting a very big painting of The White Cliffs of Dover. In fact some residents still had paint on their hands. Lisa was also shown another painting that residents made previously from the film The Sound of Music.

Lisa congratulated the residents for their beautiful works of art. Lisa was then presented with a beautiful pot of flowers which was a lovely surprise.

Before leaving Lisa went to talk to some of the residents and families and just before leaving, care staff surprised Fran with a birthday cake. Fran celebrated her 70th birthday last year and had no idea Care staff were going to surprise her again this year. Fran was very overwhelmed by the surprise birthday.

Lisa would like to thank Fran the care home manager and Kaye for the invitation today. It was so lovely to see all the residents having so much fun and also wonderful to hear from the families what an outstanding care home it is and how lucky they are to have such an amazing care home manager and great care staff.

It was lovely to see quite a few new members which also included members from our other venues.

Sarah and the Rotarians made sure members were served their teas and cakes and Lisa distributed some word searches and a quiz for everyone to guess the names of some old well known brands. They found the quiz very interesting and some of the brands were not so easy to guess.

It was then time for chair Yoga exercise as Richard arrived. Everyone enjoyed the exercises as Richard always makes it fun.

Chair Yoga at Eversfield Centre with Richard
Chair Yoga at Eversfield Centre with Richard

The session then continued with Lisa doing some social activities which included playing some of the favourite songs like ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’, The Birdy song’ and the ‘Hokey Cokey’ Members also sang some other favourites from the song book Lisa provided.

Lisa also got members to play catch with the 2 fluffy balls which everyone really enjoyed. It was a fun afternoon and everyone enjoyed their time.

Thank you to Sarah, Rotarian's President Desmond and his wife Bobsie, Jeanette, Jane and Ken and of course Mark my husband and Trustee who helped with the tables and chairs.

Summer is finally upon us and members of Dementia Club UK at today’s session in Hendon Town Hall felt the heat. Refreshments were ready to be served as members arrived needing to cool off.

Members and their carers preferred to have long and interesting conversations amongst each other rather than any other activities. This is one of the beauty and flexibility of the sessions at Dementia Club UK and session leaders being able to adapt to members wishes.

The session would not be complete without Eon our exercise guru putting us through our paces with soft exercises. However he decided today to increase the pace a little and got us all working a lot harder. We were out of breath at the end of the session but it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Our resident musician for Dementia Club UK - Dennis was also in attendance. Dennis performed different genre of music to delight members, carers and volunteers who danced and sang along with pleasure.

Special thanks goes out to volunteers from Rotary Club of Hendon Charlyn and Eugenia who are also session leaders, Stella a friend of the Club, Lisa and Mark Rutter and other family carers present.

The session was led by Dr Angela Parker today as Lisa was away at a meeting in town.

Members enjoyed looking at a selection of books brought in by Dr Parker covering children’s stories and nursery rhymes. When members finished their teas and coffees, Dr Parker gave a short talk about looking after each other in the hot weather - making sure that you keep hydrated properly as well as using shade and suntan cream.

The time went quickly when Moshe arrived to give a great musical recital of various favourites which included new and old time music. There was some Karaoke and many joined in singing and there were a lot of energetic dancers.

Members were reminded that next Wednesday is the outing to Southend with the coach leaving at 10 am from the Finchley Memorial car park.

Thank you to the volunteers today Melissa, Melvin and Arzu for their help during the session. Great team work running the sessions smoothly in the absence of our Lisa.

As members arrived Lisa welcomed them. They also received a warm welcome from Rotarians Jim, Malcolm and Victor who are always happy to sit and chat with the members.

As always Andrew the Church warden makes sure that all the tables are set up and Dorothy and Brenda always ensure members are served with their teas and coffees and cakes straight away.

Lisa then gave out some quiz questions to the members. The quiz was organised by Simon our quiz master who was absent today but made sure that the quiz was delivered. Today’s quiz was about naming some famous brands. Most of the brands were easy but there were a few tricky ones which made it challenging. The quiz also brought back some memories and Lisa got members to talk about them.

It was then time for some exercise and as Richard was away, we had a new Yoga teacher – Kathryn Jackman. Members really enjoyed the exercises with Kathryn who not only made them work hard but also made it fun.

Members were now ready for their music entertainment with James and as usual James knows the right type of music to get members interested. The music quiz game is also a great enjoyment as members like the challenge to get as many points as possible.

Everyone then enjoys a good dance before going home. Thank you to all our volunteers and of course Mark one of our Trustees who also helped during the session.