Doris Ajayi clinical skills facilitator in Dementia care came to visit Dementia Club UK last April 2015 and in a recent email to Lisa she said, "I must let you know that my visit to you last April has inspired me, and it was through that inspiration that I am now opening Lindsey's cafe at Barnet General Hospital." Lindsey's Cafe is open to elderly patients and patients with dementia, their carers, their families and relatives.

Launch of Lindsey's Cafe at Barnet General Hospital
Launch of Lindsey's Cafe at Barnet General Hospital

Doris invited Lisa to attend the launch on 22 September 2016. The cafe is on Level 3 corridor of Barnet General Hospital. The cafe is named after Lindsey Mckenna who is matron at the hospital where she has worked for the last 30 years.

Members were really looking forward to seeing Moshe again. This was our first session at Hendon Town Hall after the launch and we also celebrated 3 birthdays and the GB team doing so well in the Olympics. All the members enjoyed their dancing and singing to their favorite songs.

Dementia Club UK members singing 'Happy Birthday' at Hendon Town Hall, Union Jack flahs are to celebrate the GB teams Olympic medals
Dementia Club UK members singing 'Happy Birthday' at Hendon Town Hall, Union Jack flags are to celebrate the GB teams Olympic medals

 

Dementia Club UK members having a romantic dance.
Dementia Club UK members having a romantic dance.

Following a request from members in a feedback meeting, members highlighted the difficulty of taking lots of different tablets when they are all provided in white. Shobhna Rokad a Medicines Management Pharmacist from Barnet CCG came to explain to members the reason why all tablets are manufactured in white. She explained it was mostly to do with the 'E' numbers for colouring as some people are allergic to these colours. She explained the difference between brands and generics. Shobhna also showed members a template to use to help them take their medication.

Shobhna Rokad Medicines Management Pharmacist from Barnet CCG explaining a medication chart to the members of Dementia Club UK
Shobhna Rokad Medicines Management Pharmacist from Barnet CCG explaining a medication chart to the members of Dementia Club UK
London's TV Antique Expert Ian Towning and Dementia Club UK chairman Lisa Rutter
London's TV Antique Expert Ian Towning and Dementia Club UK chairman Lisa Rutter

We were delighted to welcome London's famous TV Antiques Expert Ian Towning to the Dementia Club UK Finchley Memorial Hospital venue. Members were interested to hear about Ian's life growing up and his professional life on a day to day basis at his shop Bourbon Hanby in Chelsea and on Channel 4’s hit series, Posh Pawn.

Ian Towning from TV's Posh Pawn interacting with members from Dementia Club UK
Ian Towning from TV's Posh Pawn interacting with members from Dementia Club UK

Members had previously been asked to bring in some items to be valued and to Ian's surprise the members did not let us down and had brought quite a number of interesting items. To some members astonishment they could not believe how valuable some of the items were.

Ian asking
Ian asking "Does this suit me"

There were some 18th century ink pads and pocket watches, some Victorian Jewellery and a gorgeous sapphire and diamond ring. In fact the member that brought the sapphire ring in was previously only offered a few hundred pounds, Ian said it was worth a lot more.

Dementia Club UK group photo with Ian Towning
Dementia Club UK group photo with Ian Towning

The chairman of Dementia Club UK Lisa,  thanked Ian and his partner Les for attending today. Lisa said "Ian is a lovely person and the members really appreciated him staying for the whole session and interacting with all the members".

 

Dr Rhonda Cohen and Professor Trish Hafford-Lecthfiled from Middlesex University have received funding from the Saracens Sports Foundation to evaluate the impact of exercise and other psychosocial activities on the well -being of people with dementia and their carers in a community based setting.

A fundamental aspect of the research will be to evaluate the support provided by Dementia Clubs as a service in the community. The latest Dementia Club is being launched today 28th July 2016 at Hendon Town Hall by the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff. Dementia Club UK is one of his chosen charities during his Mayoral year.

Hendon & Finchley Press article on dementia research Middlesex University is conducting
Hendon & Finchley Press article on dementia research Middlesex University is conducting, click on the image above to read article

Dr Cohen said: “We’re very pleased that we’ve been awarded this funding by the Saracens Sports Foundation.  While research has shown that regular exercise can increase fitness and physical functioning in people with dementia, our study will provide a better understanding of the specific impact of Dementia Club activities on people with dementia and their carers.

“The results of our study will help develop new services locally and nationally in the future. This is particularly important as we understand that a national charity called Dementia Club UK is being developed.”

Dementia is a condition characterised by decreases in cognitive functioning. The number of people with the disease will substantially increase as more people live longer. The number of people in the UK with dementia is expected to rise from 850,000 in 2015 to just over two million by 2051*. This will have an impact on the quality of life for those with dementia and on their families and carers.