Today was a very busy session. Lisa introduced a new exercise instructor called Jane. Jane tried various exercises to music with members and they all really enjoyed the exercises and also liked Jane.

The session then followed with a special birthday. It was Gilda’s birthday today. Gilda brought lots of fancy cupcakes for members to enjoy. Lisa however also had a surprise cake for Gilda and her birthday was celebrated in the usual Dementia Club UK way with a cake firework. Gilda and Stephen her husband were so pleased.

It was then time for some dancing. James Le Bec as always gets members excited and up dancing. James usually brings Joy his assistant to help with the music quiz but there was no problem as Dot one of the volunteers stepped in to help James who was very grateful.

The session was a great success and everyone left with a smile.

Thank you to all the volunteers today.

Members enjoyed starting the session today chatting and reminiscing together about holidays they really enjoyed in the past. Lisa then gave members a quiz which was challenging as usual and then the session followed with Tai Chi with Egon.

The session followed with various games which everyone enjoy like table tennis and Putting golf and magnetic darts. Members always like to finish with their favourite songs and leave with a smile.

Lisa had no volunteers today but as usual carers always step in to help

Day after the torrential rain. Members were thankful that today was warm and dry. A very busy session as always.

A quiz to start with about advertising slogans. Not so easy but always fun. We celebrated 2 birthdays. Laurie’s 95th Birthday is on 1st June and we also celebrated one of the carer’s birthday Joan which is on 31st May.

Laurie blowing his birthday candle
Laurie blowing his birthday candle

Lisa bought 2 chocolate cakes with the usual firework candles on each and Moshe who had already arrived was ready to play Happy Birthday to both. Everyone always looks forward to Moshe as he plays music in different languages and gets everyone up dancing.

Joan and her birthday cake
Joan and her birthday cake

Thank you today to our student Karish for continuing to attend and help. Thank you to our regular volunteers Eleanor and Melvyn for their help.

Torrential rain kept some members away today but those that came all had fun. It was lovely to see the tables with some pretty table cloths today.

Lisa started the session with some activities of golf and a quiz. Members also like to do some colouring pictures too. It was then time for some exercise yoga with Richard which everyone looks forward to as Richard makes it fun.

Chair yoga with Richard
Chair yoga with Richard

The session then followed with James Le Bec and again this is always fun especially when James does his music quiz with the big dice. By the time the session ended members were pleased that the rain had stopped.

Thank you to our lady volunteers making teas Dorothy and Sue. Thank you to our Rotarians John, Malcolm, Victor, Jim - Rotary President Elect, Andrew - Church warden & Tony- Church secretary.

Lisa - the Ageing Well & Mental Health Champion of the Borough of Barnet organised a Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross Shopping Centre today. The last few years this was organised in the centre but this year Lisa decided to stand in the balcony area which looks down in the centre.

Risom, Lisa and 5 Brent Cross security team ready to start the day
Risom, Lisa and 5 Brent Cross security team ready to start the day

I would like to thank Brent Cross and 5 of their volunteers from the security team for helping with the bucket collections. They helped for 4 hours. I also like to thank the following; Risom who helped out for 5 hours continuously, Dr Angela one of our Trustees, Danielle from Rotary Club Edgware & Stanmore and of course my husband Mark who is also one of the Trustees. It was a pleasure to see Gordon Banks from Saracens who came to show his support. We wish the Saracens all the best tomorrow at their game in Twickenham.

Lisa and Gordon Banks from Saracens
Lisa and Gordon Banks from Saracens

We had quite a few people approach us to ask questions about someone they know with dementia. Over the years it is evident that we have been successful in raising awareness about dementia which is good. I am grateful to Brent Cross for their continued support.

Final lineup with Dr Angela Parker
Final lineup with Dr Angela Parker