Our Dementia Club session today was attended by 8 members.

Our doctor Rebecca Hatjiosif also attended the session and offered to take blood pressures for anyone who wanted. Dr Rebecca also reminded everyone that if they didn’t have their flu jabs yet then they should go to have it done. She also mentioned that the Shingles injection was also important to have if you are between 70 to 80 years of age.

Lisa welcomed everyone giving some updates and letting members know that they had an exciting afternoon to look forward to. Lisa then informed everyone that there was a birthday to celebrate first. It was Shital’s birthday today and all the members sang happy birthday to him. Lisa brought a cake and as usual the birthday was celebrated the Dementia Club UK fashion with a firework candle. Shital also brought a box of chocolates to share with everyone.

Lisa then introduced Muz and Faz who brought some exciting games for everyone. They brought with them a table tennis table for 8 players. The members were asked to roll, bounce and throw the tennis ball and hit it with their tennis rackets to the person sitting opposite. They then introduced some colourful cups to try and get the tennis balls inside. All the members enjoyed themselves and tennis balls were flying everywhere.

A cold rainy day but this did not prevent members attending. Lisa welcomed everyone and gave a brief reminder of upcoming sessions and events.

Mark was then in charge today with doing the quiz and called out some Television quiz questions on comedy programmes. Members needed some clues which Mark was happy to provide.

Joanna then attended ready to do some Chi Kung exercises with everyone. Members concentrate as they move different parts of their bodies and learning at the same time the benefits.

It was then time for some music entertainment and Lisa started with the favourites which prepared everyone and when Wayne and Charlie arrived to start their music entertainment, members were ready to start dancing and singing. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

There were no volunteers but as usual carers always help out with the teas and coffees. Thank you to Mark for setting up the tables and helping during the session.

 We took our members to "Alice in the Palace" at Blenheim Palace, we had the following e-mail from one of our members - Sunil, who describes perfectly the day:

"We must all thank you for the absolutely wonderful day we enjoyed at the Christmas at Blenheim Palace. We were allowed free time to catch up on our shopping at the Christmas market and have a bite to eat before we got together for our exclusive Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea which included teas and coffees and other refreshments, home-made scones, finger sandwiches and various cakes in the Marlborough Room - one of the private rooms in Blenheim Palace with a roaring log fire.

Refreshed we then went onto the highlight of the day, tour of the Alice in the Palace themed walk in the sumptuous state rooms that was truly a magical transformed fairy-tale experience. It was a memorable day with good company like family and all smiles and laughter. Once again many thanks to Lisa and Mark for a great day. With all good wishes Sunil"

Today was the first session after the launch on 17th October. It was lovely to see some of our Barnet members and also to welcome new members from the local community.

Adriana set up the tables with biscuits and fresh fruit and Lisa also brought some fairy cakes. Lisa welcomed everyone and then suggested a game of Bingo. Everyone was enjoying the game so much as they started with one line to win and then wanted to continue to get a full house.

Lisa then did some sitting and standing exercises to music with everyone by which time members were warmed up and ready when Wayne our music entertainer arrived and members were ready for some dancing. It was a successful first session.

Thank you to Adriana for setting up and organising the biscuits and fruit. Thank you also to Andrew and Tom for their help and support during the session and of course Mark also helping throughout the session.

A very cold day but as usual a very busy session. Lisa welcomed all the members and gave a talk about - "Fire Safety"

James one of the carers got up to talk to members about his invitation to march in the Parade on Sunday 17th November at The Cenotaph at Whitehall. The march organised by AJEX – a Jewish Military Association charity organises this ceremony and Parade every year in remembrance of all who died in the Great War. James told members how he was proud to be there and also wore his medals.

Lisa then talked about the history of television as the ‘21st November is World television Day’. Lisa briefly went through all the years from 1926 when it was first invented and talked about all the developments over the years. This brought back memories for members and conversations. This followed with some television quiz questions.

It was then time for some exercise to music and Lisa got members to start with various chair exercises leading to some standing exercises to music. As it was a cold day everyone enjoyed doing the exercises. The session then finished with the Tovertafel which is always great fun and other members enjoyed a deserved rest after the exercises with more chatting.

Thank you to my volunteers today – Melvyn, Angela Chen, Dr Angela (Trustee), Melissa, Valerie from Rotary Club Golders Green and (Trustee) and of course Mark who is also (Trustee). Thank you for their help.