One of members today Chrystalla celebrated her 89th birthday and this was celebrated in the usual DCUK fashion.

Chrystalla celebrated her 89th birthday at Dementia Club UK
Chrystalla celebrated her 89th birthday at Dementia Club UK

We also had 2 visitors. I introduced our first visitor Serena Dhaliwal who is a Development Assistant Producer of Boundless. From the makers of Channel 4’s Grand Designs and BBC ‘s The Apprentice, Boundless are putting together a unique exciting expedition of a lifetime for anyone over the age of 65. Members were certainly very excited to hear this. Serena stayed for most of the session and also interacted with members.

 Serena Dhaliwal who is a Development Assistant Producer of Boundless TV Company
Serena Dhaliwal who is a Development Assistant Producer of Boundless TV Company

I then introduced our second visitor - Linda Gilling Director of the British Reflexology Association came to talk today to members about the benefits of reflexology. She brought her special chair to show us which looks like a luxury sun bed which elevates your legs. Linda explained how every part of a foot plays an important part to your Wellbeing as there are many pressure points. It is still unfortunately not recognised by GPs to refer patients but Linda gave us a few real life stories of how she has made a difference to many people’s lives.

Linda Gilling Director of the British Reflexology Association
Linda Gilling Director of the British Reflexology Association

Linda then asked if anyone wanted to experience a short treatment and Marina one of the carers wanted to take this opportunity. Linda performed this infront of all members who watched attentively as Marina was being treated. A full treatment would normally take one hour but Marina’s treatment was only 10 minutes. Marina did however feel very relaxed after even after a short time.

The session then followed with a Halloween quiz. Lisa surprised members when she put on a witches hat during the quiz. Everyone was very amused. The winner of the quiz who most answers correct in fact was also given a witches hat.

Before moving on to the next part of the session, Lisa read out a few jokes which everyone always enjoy. Members were now ready for the exercise part of the session which Lisa took and was then followed by games and some singing.

Lisa had no volunteers today but this was not a problem as carers offered to assist. We had 2 new members today who enjoyed the session.

NCS students returned today at Hendon Town Hall for the second day. Members were very pleased to see them again. We also had some new members.

Members from Dementia Club UK and students from NCS on the stairs of Hendon Town Hall
Members from Dementia Club UK and students from NCS on the stairs of Hendon Town Hall

The students started with some singing from Lisa’s song sheets and Stefan the mentor brought in his guitar to play along as everyone sang. The session then followed with a game of charades by the students. The members were very good at getting the answers. Tina one of the Carers also had a go.

NCS students singing at Dementia Club UK
NCS students singing at Dementia Club UK

Members enjoyed playing charades and laughed so much. Lisa then took the exercise part of the session and then followed with games as usual. The students really enjoyed interacting with the members and playing table tennis. Lisa then suggested to give the students a little guided tour of the Town Hall showing them the Mayors pictures and the Chamber.

They were very grateful. Before saying goodbye to our students we all grouped together on the stairs for a photo. As usual NCS students were amazing and the members really enjoyed having them for 2 days.

Lots of laughter for everyone as charades is played
Lots of laughter for everyone as charades is played

Thank you to our volunteers Melvyn who attended today and also the Mayor’s secretary Mary who had time to volunteer today.

We had a very busy session today with a visit from 12 students from National Citizen Service ‘NCS’ The students were led by their senior mentor Stefan Filby and Nora Perone.

We also had some birthdays to celebrate. It was Pantelis birthday celebrating 81 years. His wife brought a huge fresh cream cake and other special biscuits which everyone really enjoyed.

Pandelis celebrates his 81st Birthday at DCUK
Pandelis celebrates his 81st Birthday at DCUK

We also celebrated another belated birthday for Ruth who is 66 years old. All members sang Happy Birthday to both Pantelis and Ruth and of course celebrated with a firework candle.

Ruth celebrates her 66th birthday at Dementia Club UK
Ruth celebrates her 66th birthday at Dementia Club UK

The students were great as usual with the members interacting and helping during the session. The leaders introduced themselves informing members that they would be putting together a drama for tomorrow’s session at Hendon Town Hall and this would be based on what they have heard and learnt from members during today’s session.

NCS visit us again at the Finchley Memorial Hospital
NCS visit us again at the Finchley Memorial Hospital

The session then followed with Richard taking the chair yoga exercise with everyone and even the students joined in. The last part of the session we took out the games and the students were happy to play with members. Lisa then read a couple of jokes before everyone left and also gave members some new badges today.

Our thanks to our volunteers Eleanor, Melvyn, Dr Angela and we also had a new volunteer today Maureen.

Lisa took the session today with Eleanor. The session started with 2 challenges. The first challenge was all members to copy a picture of a house and a stick man in the middle. The challenge was to keep the pencil on the paper without lifting it when drawing the stick man. This was not easy for members but when Lisa showed them how it could be done they were very surprised and amused. The second challenge was to guess how many sweets in a big jar. The person who guessed the nearest figure was given a prize.

Today was also celebrating World Polio Day and Sasha made some purple cupcakes to commemorate Rotary who have nearly helped to eradicate polio worldwide. When children are immunized against poliomyelitis the little finger is dipped in purple ink. This colour has now been carried World-wide as a symbol of the battle to finally eradicate polio. Members got together for a group photo holding up a purple cupcake.

Members holding up purple cup cakes baked by Sasha to celebrate Rotary's fight against Polio
Members holding up purple cup cakes baked by Sasha to celebrate Rotary's fight against Polio

The Town Mayor, Eric also joined us in the photo. The session then followed with chair exercise with Sarah and then some singing and a music quiz led by Eleanor.

Our GP was unable to attend today as she had an emergency but we had a visit from an Admiral Nurse Hayley Cooper who introduced herself and informed members that she would be happy to speak to anyone who needed any help or advice.

Our thanks to our volunteers Sandra, Yvonne and Marijke for helping with the teas and washing up. Also thanks to Eleanor for taking the latter part of the session. 

Lisa was invited to speak at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday 21st October 2017.

Lisa presenting at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference
Lisa presenting at the Rotary London UK District 1130 conference

Lisa spoke about dementia and Dementia Club UK to 400 Rotarians who attended from different London clubs. There were other speakers during the weekend including the District Governor Mike Hodge who spoke before me so that he could introduce me as the next speaker.

Rotary District Governor Mike Hodge with Lisa
Rotary District Governor Mike Hodge with Lisa

In his speech he announced that his charity during his year was Dementia and wanted to encourage all Rotary clubs to consider setting up a dementia café especially as 2 Rotary clubs have already set up dementia cafes in partnership with Dementia Club UK.

Lisa and Valerie at the Dementia Club UK stand
Lisa and Valerie at the Dementia Club UK stand

Lisa was very pleased at the end of my speech she had a number of people who approached the DCUK Stand and wanted to know how to go about setting up a dementia café in partnership with Dementia Club UK.