This was a very busy session. Everyone enjoys coming to Stephens House. The mood amongst members today was lots of chatting.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave you updates about coming events. Lisa then gave out the songs sheets and a couple of songs were sung but the mood was not for singing today. Lisa played ‘Coming Round the Mountain’ and that was like flicking the lights on. Everyone was singing.

Tita celebrating her birthday with Rosetta.
Tita celebrating her birthday with Rosetta.

We also had a birthday today to celebrate for Tita who was 85 years old and everyone sang Happy Birthday. Richard then attended and everyone was ready to do some exercises. Richard did extra time today with members which was really enjoyed.

Richard leading the exercises
Richard leading the exercises

Thank you to our volunteers Mark my husband and Rotarians Valerie and Ian and it was also a pleasure to see Adrian. As always Risom is amazing looking after the members with tea and coffee and serving the lovely cakes.

James one of the carers was invited by the Whittington Hospital on the 27th September to give a speech to clinicians. His speech was very moving talking about his dear wife Mollie, the challenges of dealing with dementia and a few tips for carers. James has allowed us to re-print here.

James's speech to the Whittington
James's speech to the Whittington

Today was a very busy session and although Lisa had to set up the session by herself, she was delighted to be joined later by Eleanor and Dr Angela. As usual carers always also step up to help with teas and coffees.

Lisa welcomed everyone and informed them about the good news with the BBC visit and how the film which was produced has generated a lot of viewers.

It was a pleasure to welcome back 2 of our members Helen and Chrystalla who have been away on holiday to Cyprus for 3 months. Members were delighted to see them.

We also had a visitor - Sally Larner from Barnet Council Prevention and Wellbeing Team and Lisa welcomed her.

It was also a pleasure to see Dr Angela today who had some news to deliver to members about this year’s flu vaccine. Dr Angela informed us that as the effectiveness of flu vaccines has declined, this year’s flu vaccine contains extra ingredients designed to help aged immune systems develop a stronger defence against flu. It is hoped the “adjuvanted vaccine” will help ease pressures on the health service. The only problem however is that there is a low stock at the moment. Dr Angela is however trying to organise for members who want to have their flu vaccine at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

James one of the carers then wanted to read to members his speech he gave at the Whittington Hospital on the 27th September. His speech was very moving talking about his dear wife Mollie, the challenges of dealing with dementia and a few tips for carers. Lisa will be adding the speech to the website.

As Lisa was very busy with members needing to talk to her, Eleanor stepped up to take the session leading members with some singing from Lisa’s song sheets. The session then followed with Lisa giving members some exercises and fall prevention exercises and then followed with everyone’s favourite song ‘Coming Round the Mountain’.

Lisa then read out a few jokes for members which everyone enjoyed and laughed and the last part of the session followed with members playing Tovertafel and other games.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

The BBC have published a film after their visit to a Dementia Club UK Session at Finchley Memorial Hospital. The Tovertafel mentioned in the film was donated to the hospital by Dementia Club UK for the use by the community.

 

It’s Show Time at Hendon Town Hall dementia club today.

We also had some visitors from Rotary Club of Hendon – The Rotary Club President Eugenia who attended with Rotarians Rita and Francisca.

It was also a surprise and a pleasure to see 2 other visitors – Dr Rhonda Cohen and Tija Hubej who were passing by as they work at Middlesex University.

Tija Hubej and Dr Rhonda Cohen  who work at Middlesex University
Tija Hubej and Dr Rhonda Cohen who work at Middlesex University

Members arrived and as usual enjoyed the teas and cakes to start with. Mark are quiz master then introduced some quiz questions which prompted several topics of interesting conversations. Lisa then followed with giving all members a verse to read from a poem called ‘A Simple Hug’ which then followed with everyone giving their loved ones a hug.

It was then time for exercise as Jane had arrived. Everyone moved to the other side of the room ready for their exercises which always finishes with Lisa playing to members ‘Coming Round the Mountain’ and other music favourites.

Everyone was now ready for the highlight of today which was Show Time with The Zimmerettes. The performance included musical numbers like; ‘All That Jazz’, ‘New York, New York’, ‘Pennsylvania 65000 – Ceroc dance ‘and much more finishing off with ‘Dancing Queen’ and getting everyone up and dancing.

Zimmerettes performing
Zimmerettes performing "New York, New York"

It was an amazing magical afternoon with plenty of smiles and dancing and singing along to the musical numbers.

Members of Dementia Club UK with the Zimmerettes
Members of Dementia Club UK with the Zimmerettes

Our thanks to Shelley Blackstein and Loz Pitts and all the rest of the performers who were star performers. It was a spectacular and amazing performance and members really enjoyed the afternoon.