Members enjoyed doing a word quiz today to start with. Lisa gave members a few letters and asked them to find one 9 letter word, 8 letter words and as many other words they could find. They worked together in their groups and they did really well and enjoyed the challenge.

The session then followed with some Tai Chi and then Moshe arrived and everyone had a great time singing and dancing.

We were honoured that tonight's concert was in aid of Dementia Club UK. The theme tonight was music from around the world, the music started in the UK, went across Europe, ended in Australia and came back to the UK via the Americas.

The concert was held in St Andrews Church, Southgate. We were introduced to the different clarinets some of which were very rare. Adele played a solo in "Waltzing Soprilda" with an 'Ab Clarinet' which is the smallest Clarinet in existence and might be the only one in the UK today. The largest instrument was Craig's Contra Bass Clarinet which was capable of playing the very low deep notes.

The ICC can be contacted at the following websites:

http://www.ionianclarinetchoir.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/ionianclarinetchoir

Ian Rogers conducting the Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church
Ian Rogers conducting the Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church
Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK thanking the ICC for the concert
Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK thanking the ICC for the concert

 

This is the last session unfortunately at Allum Manor. Despite all the advertising it has not attracted many members to this beautiful venue. Lisa has therefore decided to start another new dementia club at a different venue in Borehamwood in the New Year.

Although only 2 members attended today, Lisa still made it enjoyable and challenging. Lisa brought some artificial fruit and organised it in a bowl. The members then tried to draw the fruit bowl. Mel was very proud of his picture. This was then followed by a quiz and other games.

Mel with his excellent rendition of a bowl of fruit
Mel with his excellent rendition of a bowl of fruit

Today's session run by Danielle:

Lisa decided to let our two Rotary clubs run this week’s session without her and delighted to say, thanks to her guidance over the past few months, we did ok.

Danielle made the introductions and was glad to welcome a new gentleman service user with his lovely wife from Canons Park. Dr Nandini answered some particular medical queries and comments about our good cups of tea by the ladies of Northwick Park : Helen, Ritu, Mollie and Lucille were, in part, down to having a good tea pot and proper cups and saucers, all very English! Yummy cakes and biscuits where served, and eaten whilst colouring in using groovy 60s patterns.

Much chatter and laughs with Kevin and Mabel until Richard started the chair yoga, which we all participated in with smiles. Musician Ronnie kept the 60s theme going with ‘why must I be a teenager in love’? and everyone joined in dancing. No real time for games this week, as it was a rather chatty and active session with Sonia and Anne from Edgware and Stanmore tapping to the beat till packing up time.

Looking forward to our Christmas meet-up 19 December. Time flies when you’re having fun, which we certainly did.

Dementia Club UK joined together with 1st year Pharmacists from Boots Brent Cross today to do a Dementia Awareness Day.

We displayed various literature about dementia, the Pharmacists from Boots had designed a pull up banner depicting the Alzheimers bookshelf. At the bottom of the bookshelf are all the memories of your younger days and as you move up the bookshelf you have the recent occurrences. If the bookshelf wobbles then the recent memories will start falling off so new memories are hard to retain. The memories at the bottom of the bookshelf are not affected but in time these will also be affected as the bookshelf gets weaker.

Alzheimer's bookshelf
Alzheimer's bookshelf

When approached by the public today the Alzheimers bookshelf was explained and each person was given a yellow sticker to write one of their memories. Dementia Club UK Christmas cards in packs of 10 were also given as a freebie to raise awareness.

Pharmacists from Boots and Lisa and Mark from Dementia Club UK
Pharmacists from Boots and Lisa and Mark from Dementia Club UK

It was a very successful day. I would like to thank Anisha from Boots Brent Cross for organising the event and inviting Dementia Club UK. I also like to thank other Staff from other Boots stores from around North London who joined us - Ting, Heather, Narmeen, Anmol, Vishnu and Bhumika. It was also a pleasure to meet the Boots Brent Cross General Manager Kunjal Sutaria and also the Boots NW Regional Manager Andrew Gordon. I would also like to thank Brent Cross for hosting this event and Karl from the from the Brent Cross Information desk who offered to help with some bucket collecting.

We had an arts and crafts session today to start with as Dr Angela brought in some blank male and female figurines for members to colour. The idea would be for Angela to use these figurines to decorate a Christmas tree for the Christmas tree festival at Christ Church Southgate.

Members were therefore very busy with their colouring and produced some really lovely colourful figurines. Nick, one of the Trustees and Lisa’s son also attended today. Nick is the IT expert and Lisa announced to members that Nick would be taking these figurines away to create a poster for the church and will also create a banner and also to create a new Christmas card for Dementia Club UK.

Members of Dementia Club UK busy colouring in figures for the banner
Members of Dementia Club UK busy colouring in figures for the banner

The session then followed with Lisa doing exercises with the members which they all enjoyed. Some singing then followed and then the Tovertafel. It was an enjoyable session. My thanks to our volunteers – Melvyn, Eleanor, Nick and Dr Angela.