Great first session of the year. Members were greeted with the usual warm welcome which also included tea and cakes prepared by Rotarians Mollie and Helen.

There was still a festive atmosphere especially as Lisa decorated the tables with some left over Christmas crackers which members were happy to see. The room was buzzing with chat whilst members enjoyed their teas and cakes and doing some colouring in which is always a favourite.

I welcomed everyone and then Lisa filled us in about forthcoming events. I then ran a general knowledge quiz which members found enjoyable and created conversations.

Richard then arrived and got us all moving with chair Yoga, warming us up ready for our new music entertainer, Aaron.

Members really enjoyed Aaron’s music and were happy to have the usual music quiz which as usual also has a bit of cheating with the feet as the big dice is thrown. The score was amazingly high with 144 points and this now sets a tough challenge for the other dementia clubs to beat.

Lovely to see members Irene, Mabel and Ruth rocking to the music, along with Simone, Rita, Joy and Kevin. Thanks to Mark for his usual sociable banter. It was a fun session all round!

Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 6th January at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone. Our members were served tea, coffee, delicious biscuits and cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other.

Our members then took part in an exercise session lead by Jane which everyone enjoyed. David K entertained our members with a variety of popular songs, including Elvis! to which many of the members and helpers danced.

27 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of seven helpers who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Keith, Dot, Judy & Radha.

A small group today but still a very enjoyable session. Adriana as usual set up the tables with mince pies, biscuits and fresh fruit. Lisa also brought some Christmas crackers.

Lisa then welcomed everyone and started off with a picture quiz to name different celebrities. It was a challenge but Mark is always to the rescue providing the clues. The session then followed with music entertainment with Wayne which got everyone up dancing.

Thank you to Adriana today for setting up and providing lovely refreshments.

Thank you also to Mark for helping throughout the session This was our last session for 2019

Today was the Finchley Memorial Hospital Christmas party and Lisa and Mark made they were there in time to decorate the tables with red table cloth, Christmas napkins, a real small Christmas tree for each table to be won by one person from each table. There was also mince pies and other biscuits and Christmas foil money chocolates scattered all over the tables.

It was a lovely surprise for members as they walked in and there was also Christmas music. Lisa had prepared a Christmas picture quiz for members to guess the which Christmas movies the characters in the picture appeared. Lisa also provided some other Christmas quizzes to keep them busy whilst enjoying their chats and eating their mince pies and chocolates.

Lisa welcomed everyone and also introduced David K – a new entertainer who will be starting on the 6th January. Lisa also welcomed back Lizzy one of our volunteers who has unwell for a number of weeks. Lizzy was enjoying being spoilt today and everyone was happy to see her.

It was then time for the music entertainment to start as Wayne and Charlie arrived. Everyone was so excited and as usual Wayne and Charlie got everyone up and dancing and having a good time.

Thank you to my volunteers today, Melvyn, Angela Chen, Dr Angela and Melissa and of course Mark for all his support.

Today we had our Christmas Party. We had a very good attendance, about 12 of our members plus 8 members with their carers, from Aarandale care home in Mill Hill. Also attending were 3 members of the Rotary Club, 3 from the Church plus Lisa and Mark.

Mince pies, biscuits, tea and coffee were given to all the members to start the Christmas celebrations. The session started with Lisa welcoming everyone and providing a Christmas picture quiz where members had to guess from the picture the Christmas film titles. They also had some Christmas word search too which was given out by Faz.

This kept everyone busy and created a lot of discussion on each table. The session then continued with the usual chair yoga by Richard. Richard always makes exercising interesting but also great fun.

The yoga was followed by our new music entertainer Aaron, who replaces James. This was Aaron’s first performance for our Dementia Club, and everybody enjoyed his singing. Aaron sang some very popular songs which made most members get up and dance. We also had birthday celebrations, and everybody sang happy birthday to them. Aaron then started a music quiz and had prepared 10 music quiz songs to ask members to identify the songs and singers by playing a few seconds. If they guessed them correctly then they were asked to throw the large fluffy dice. As usual someone would keep the points and some cheating to get a six on the dice is sometimes necessary. The members enjoyed themselves by getting a lot of points and this now sets a challenge for other dementia clubs.

Thank you to our church volunteer Dorothy and Sue for making teas and coffees and Andrew for setting up the venue. Thank you also to our Rotarians from Barnet; John, Jim and Malcolm. Also, many thanks to Lisa and Mark for their continuous support making the Dementia Club at St John’s Church successful.