Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 2nd December at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone and led by Justine.

Our members were served tea, coffee, delicious biscuits and cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other. Our members then participated in an exercise session which was lead by the lovely Jane. They thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was Connie, one of our member's birthday and we gave her a birthday cake and sang 'Happy Birthday' to her!

James LeBec, our wonderful entertainer, has decided to retire from his London gigs and therefore we would not be seeing him anymore! Lisa, Chairman of Dementia Club UK, presented James & Joy - his partner - with gifts from everyone at Dementia Club UK. We are all very sad, but also extremely grateful for the wonderful performances, fun and much laughter that they have provided to DCUK!

We wish them both good health and happiness in the future. James entertained our members with a variety of popular songs to which many of the members and helpers danced. He also did a music quiz and our members had to guess the name of the song! It was very funny & very competitive! 24 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of five helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Stephen, Caroline, Dot & Judy.

It was good to see quite a few members today. Lisa welcomed everyone and then introduced Muz who came by himself today. Muz has been visiting all the dementia club venues. The session first started with a quiz which Muz had prepared.

Members enjoyed doing the quiz whilst chatting and drinking their teas /coffees and cakes. Richard then arrived to do the chair yoga. Mark had already set up the chairs for the exercise and members were therefore able to take their seats quickly. As usual Richard got the members working all parts of their body whilst also making it fun.

After the exercise, Muz then invited all the members to sit around some small table tennis tables which were already set up with lots of colourful cups. Muz explained the games and members were soon enjoying rolling and bating balls across each other. Some of the games were challenging and even the Rotarians were eager to play. It was a very enjoyable session.

Thank you to Muz for showing members such wonderful games. Thank you to the Rotarians – Jeanette, Jane, Desmond and Bobsie. It was also nice to see Theresa attending to volunteer and of course thank you to Mark for helping Muz to set up and also set up all the tables and chairs.

Today’s session at Hendon Town Hall was led by Charlyn and was extra special.

The day started with our usual chitty chatty among members, family members and volunteers. The room was brightened up with colorful decorated table tennis tables brought in by Muz and Faz from Ping is King Ltd. Ping is King is a company based in Barnet that promotes increased dexterity and motor skills to prevent or slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer's in sufferers by playing table tennis.

Members enjoyed playing table tennis so much leaving all wanting more. We all hope to see Faz and Muz again very soon. The ever jovial Eon was present to lead the group with gentle physical exercises. As usual we were all breathless but truly enjoyed the session.

Mark took to the stage and was our bingo master for the afternoon. We all had refreshments. The volunteers and members were ready for the Christmas session as some had their Christmas gear on. The afternoon ended with both volunteers and members in high spirit and looking forward to Dementia Club UK Christmas party sessions.

Thank you to Charlyn and Eugenia from Rotary Club of Hendon and of course Lisa and Mark who also helped throughout the session.

The Christmas tree and decorations were set up at Carlton Court care home today and residents were also feeling the seasonal joy.

Lisa welcomed everyone and introduced James Le Bec to start his music entertainment. As usual James gets everyone singing and some residents and carers up and dancing. His music quiz is also popular and residents like to throw the big fluffy dice. Everyone had a great time.

The session then followed with the OM Interactive game system which residents enjoy playing. A successful event.

Today was another very busy session with lots of fun activities and lots of smiles.

Lisa welcomed everyone giving a brief update and also welcomed Muz and Faz who had already set up various activities for each table before members arrived.

Lisa then mentioned one of the members - Shital’s birthday which was celebrated yesterday and everyone sang happy birthday to him. Shital kindly brought a box of chocolates which was shared out.

One of the carers – James, who attended the recent Blenheim Palace outing brought in the Alice in Wonderland book to read a small paragraph from the book. James decided to read the passage where Alice meets the Cheshire cat. Everyone enjoyed listening to that and thanked James.

It was now time for Muz and Faz to take the second part of the session. They had a warm welcome from all the members. Muz and Faz had various games on each table and the aim to day was to circuit the games so that each table had the chance to play all the games. Members really enjoyed especially the egg box game where they bounce the ping pong ball which should then go into the egg box.

There was a lot of fun and competition amongst the members. Some members wanted to also do some exercises and therefore Lisa did a few exercises with those who wanted to exercise.

It was then time for music entertainment and members were delighted to see James Bernard. James as usual always plays the right music and it was not long before most members were up and dancing.

Thank you to our volunteers today – Melvyn, Angela Chen, Dr Angela, Melissa and her husband Bob and of course Mark who helped throughout the session. It was lovely to see Melissa with her Christmas tinsel hat which members really liked as this also marked the beginning of Seasonal joy.