Today was a very busy session. We had about 50 people.

Lisa gave out a quiz for members to do during the session. Also provided members with different pictures for colouring. Lisa welcomed Ms Yael White who is an Occupational Therapist Volunteer from Jewish Care and also announced an outing on 7th July with steam trains.

We celebrated Helen’s birthday today in the usual fashion. Lisa also read out 2 jokes which everyone really loved. Our Doctor Angela then gave her doctors talk of the day which was about ‘itchy bottoms’.

Helen’s birthday
Helen’s birthday

Lisa then did some singing with members followed by their 3 music favourites which got members up and dancing. It was then time to announce the quiz answers and then it was Tovertafel time. There were some new members today who really enjoyed playing with Tovertafel.

Everyone left very happy. Thank you to Eleanor our volunteer for helping out today during the session. Thank you also to Mark and Dr Angela our 2 Trustees for helping.

 

We had a few members today and 2 visitors Talia Lief Care Quality Advisor for Barnet Adult Services and Simon Smith a Rotary member and Clerk of Jesus Hospital Arms Houses.

Lisa started the session with a quiz and social activities which members really enjoyed. Richard then arrived and members enjoyed some yoga moves in couples which was fun.

The session then followed with James Le Bec and his music entertainment and as always members were up dancing. Lisa ended the session with a couple of jokes and the answers to the quiz. It was an enjoyable session.

Dancing to James Le Bec's music
Dancing to James Le Bec's music

Thank you to our Rotary volunteer Malcolm, Andrew from the church, our 2 ladies who helped with the teas and washing up.

Today was our second session and first session in association with Edgware & Stanmore and Northwick Park. It was a lovely warm day and we had quite a few members attend.

Lisa welcomed everyone including our Rotarians from both clubs. Mollie, Helen, June, Lucile and Ritu all from Rotary Club Northwick Park and from Rotary Club Edgware & Stanmore - Danielle, Dr Nandini, Fran, Selwyn and Mrinal Choudhury.

Richard taking yoga which was enjoyed by all
Richard taking yoga which was enjoyed by all

It was also a real pleasure to see one of our regular volunteers Theresa and also one of the Trustees Dr Angela Parker who attended with her friend Melissa.

Lisa started with a quiz and informed members that she would provide the answers at the end. Lisa then read out 3 jokes which members really enjoyed and then Lisa introduced Dr Angela who gave a talk to members about shingles. This was however introduced in the form of a quiz and members were given picture cards and beach stones to try and guess what Dr Angela was going to talk about. After some thought one of the members guessed it was ‘shingles’.

The following is a note from Dr Angela Parker about Shingles

“Shingles, lovely on the roof as tiles, on the beach as beautiful soft pebbles but really not very nice on the skin as an illness with blistering spots and long term pain caused by nerve damage. Dr Parker introduced this diagnosis, and discussed the immunisation which provides some protection against shingles. The jab Zostavax is available free to restricted age groups under the NHS. The news of a new vaccine which is thought to give better protection to a wider range of ages is very welcome and we all look forward to it being evaluated quickly by the Public Health departments and hopefully being made freely available to older people.”

The following links take you to patients UK Shingles info sheet;

https://patient.info/medicine/shingles-vaccine-zostavax#nav-0

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/697573/Shingles_leaflet.pdf

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/shingles-vaccination/

Members were very grateful for this information from Dr Angela.

Richard then arrived and members were ready for their yoga which was really enjoyed by all. The session then followed with Ronnie who entertained everyone with his lovely music and everyone was up and dancing. Lisa also had some games around the room which some members enjoyed especially ball catching and Putting golf.

It was a very successful enjoyable session and thank you to all our volunteers for their help during the session.

Today was a fun packed session. Lisa first gave members a quiz to do and this was followed with an egg challenge.

Lisa had a few red Easter eggs left over. Each egg was placed in a plastic cup and Lisa asked those members that wanted to take part in the challenge to place it on top of their heads. The winner would be the person who could walk across the room and back without dropping the egg. There were 2 winners. Everyone thought it was great fun.

Lisa showing the members of Dementia Club UK how to balance the Red Easter Egg
Lisa showing the members of Dementia Club UK how to balance the Red Easter Egg

Richard then arrived to do Yoga and as usual members always enjoy this. The session then followed with Helen Tierney our musical entertainer who brought 3 musical instruments- the accordion, the harp and also a piano keyboard. Members were really looking forward to seeing Helen as they love the variety of songs she plays especially as she also relates the songs to memorable dates and themes.

On this occasion Helen also brought and introduced Alexis Leighton who is an actress. Alexis read some beautiful poems relating to Spring. The poetry and Helen’s music performance was both brilliant. Some members got up and danced. Valerie and Helen were a great duet singing together and Terry sang with a fantastic Frank Sinatra voice.

Thanks to our Rotary volunteers today - Valerie who is also one of our Trustees and Ian. Also thanks to Mark and Dr Angela our other Trustees. Thank you also to Risom who looks after members with refreshments.

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Dr Angela was leading the session today and she also brought a friend called Melpomene a.k.a. Mellissa from Australia. There were a lot of members as usual. Angela started the session with a First Aid quiz which everybody enjoyed and learnt some vital First Aid by a Doctor. She also did some reminiscing games that brought back lots of memories.

Moshe then arrived and was ready to entertain the members in his usual fashion. Melissa, Eva, Karish and Valerie got everybody up and dancing.

My thanks to all the volunteers who attended; Melvin, Valerie, Kevin and our 2 students Eva and Karish.