Today we all had interesting conversations about 'scams'. One of the carers has recently had a phone call pretending they were from the inland revenue informing the member they were being investigated for fraud and needed information from him. Luckily our member had good sense and put the phone down.

This led to a conversation where members described similar situations, Lisa passed on further safety tips from the Safer Neighbourhood Police team who reported new scams about car key fobs and their weaknesses. Eleanor showed members her RFID blocking wallet/case that prevents data being stolen from credit cards. Lisa also gave further safety tips ready for the Christmas season holiday.

We had a visitor from Ashford Place in Brent, Gabby Horecka, a Dementia Cafe coordinator who wanted to see how we run the club as she has had instructions to open more clubs in Brent.

The session continued with yoga exercise with Richard, some quizzes, singing and games.

All members enjoyed this informative session.

We want to thank Ionian Clarinet Choir who are giving a concert in aid of Dementia Club UK. The concert will be at St Andrews Church, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 5PP.

There will be refreshments provided by the church in the interval.

Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church, Southgate.
Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church, Southgate.

We had over 40 members today. Our Doctor Angela organised with the hospital pharmacy to give members the opportunity to have their flu jab. Quite a few members were very grateful and we thank Dr Angela for organising this.

The members were pleased to welcome Kevin (one of our carers) who once a month does a quiz and plays Family Fortunes with members. Members always look forward to Kevin’s quiz and have great fun.

Kevin leads a quiz modeled on Family Fortunes
Kevin leads a quiz modeled on Family Fortunes

The session then followed with chair yoga exercises with Richard which everyone really enjoys and then Lisa introduced the lyrics of a new song which everyone read and then sang. More singing then followed and the session ended with Lisa reading some jokes and everyone leaving with smiles.

Happy Birthday to Miltis
Happy Birthday to Miltis

Thank you to our volunteers Eleanor, Melvyn and Dr Angela.

We welcomed 4 new members today. 2 had come under their own steam. Time for refreshments and a quiz. After the sandwiches and cakes Sara started the exercises. It was great to see so many join in.

Dr Rebecca is getting to know the members and had time to circulate and chat to people.

We caught our breath, welcomed the fruit juice as we listened to Clare. A range of songs to tap our feet to the gradually most got up and joined in the dancing. We ended with Knees up Mother Brown and the Okey Cokey finishing with Show Me The Way to Go Home. Beryl and John won the quiz.

We practised our smiles and we had much to smile about before the session ended. Thank you to Yvonne for the lovely table decorations. That brightened up the hall.

Written by session leader Pat Strack

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Today we had 2 visitors.

We had Ms Ellen Bernstein a speech and language therapist who specialises with stroke victims but has also had some experience with dementia sufferers. She gave various examples of her work which everyone found interesting.

We also had a visitor from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Ms Simone Chinman-Russell, Executive Director of Housing and Communities. Her visit was to observe a Dementia Club UK session with the opportunity of may be setting up a similar dementia cafe in Welwyn Hatfield with Dementia Club UK. Members welcomed our visitors.

Ms Ellen Bernstein a speech and language therapist
Ms Ellen Bernstein a speech and language therapist

I also informed members that Valerie recently became a new Trustee for Dementia Club UK. Everyone congratulated Valerie.

We also had 2 birthdays today. Adrian’s mother Stella is 96 years of age and Tita had her birthday yesterday and is 84 years of age. Stella also had a few family members with her and friends. Adrian the President of Rotary Club of Golders Green brought a beautiful balloon display for his mother and also arranged for the tables to have lovely tablecloths. He also brought a very large chocolate cake. Members were very spoilt today with so many cakes.

Stella & Adrian and Tita & Rosetta celebrating birthdays at DCUK
Stella & Adrian and Tita & Rosetta celebrating birthdays at DCUK

We celebrated the 2 birthdays in the usual DCUK fashion and Stella and everyone sang Happy Birthday. The session followed with some singing and poetry reading and reading some jokes and then followed with Exercise to music with Lisa and dancing and then with social activities. It was a very busy and enjoyable session.

Thank you to all our Rotary volunteers Jeff, Dick, Ian, Kuljit and of course Risson for helping with the session teas and coffees. Thank you also to our Rotary President Adrian for all the extra pleasures which were appreciated. Also thanks to Sara from Barnet Carers who was able to help a few members who needed advice and information.