Today’s session was led by Eleanor with the help of Dr Angela and Melissa.

We had a good turn out and plenty of chat and laughter. We started with a picture quiz about well-known people. This proved to be a popular team activity which everyone could participate in. The most challenging picture was a photo of John Paul the Second! Pat’s team were the winners with twenty correct answers out of twenty. Well done!

Afterwards, we had two games of card bingo. Nearly everyone can play this game without any help and at one point, James was left in charge of three cards while Joan and Lynn were washing up!

It is lovely to see the enjoyment some of our members who have memory difficulties get from playing card bingo and to watch them correcting their carers when they make a mistake.

We finished with another team activity naming things associated with Scotland: food and drink, clothing, sports and pastimes, famous buildings and famous people. Between us we came up with a very long list!

This activity also led to discussions about Scottish holidays. At the end, we listened to a humorous song called ‘Donald Where’s Your Troosers’. It was a high note on which to end our session.

Thank you to our volunteers and especially to Marina, Lynn, Joan and Helen who stepped in to help with the refreshments and washing up in the absence of Melvyn.

Today’s session was run by Mark as Lisa had to attend a meeting in London. There were only a few members today but it was still a very enjoyable session.

Mark started with a few true or false quiz questions which always gets members to chat.

Jane then arrived and members enjoyed some exercises. The session then followed with music entertainment with Moshe who never fails to really entertain everyone and get them up dancing.

Thank you to Mark for running the session today.

As usual we had so many members today, we had 4 new members. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave everyone a quiz to start with which all enjoyed.

We then celebrated 2 birthdays. Miltis’s birthday on 15th October will be 84 years old and Ruth’s birthday which was on the 6th October. Both were celebrated in the usual DCUK fashion.

Dr Angela then gave members an update about the Flu jab and suggested that everyone should book their Flu jabs with their GP's as the FMH chemist this year is in short supply. Dr Angela also advised everyone that they should check before they have the vaccine to make sure that they have the ‘adjuvanted vaccine’ as this is the vaccine which has the extra ingredients for older age to help them develop a stronger defence.

The session then followed with some singing and name that tune and then bingo which is a real favourite. Lisa then played their favourite songs ‘Coming Round the Mountain’, the ‘Birdy song’ and the ‘Hokey Kokey’. This got members up dancing including the new members. The finale dance was the Zorba dance which Lisa got all members moving by exercising to the music. Everyone was buzzing with joy.

It was then time for the Tovertafel and we also had our new members round the table. It was lovely to see how members interacted with the games with smiles. It was a really fun pack afternoon.

Thank you to our volunteers Melvyn and Eleanor for their help today during the session and Dr Angela.

 

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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