We had 27 members today. Lisa welcomed everyone and informed them that her mum was sadly in hospital with Covid. Lisa also reminded everyone that she had special visitors attending later in the carers meeting – Admiral nurses and members from the Barnet Memory Service. Also as it was now December, Lisa informed everyone that the last session date will be Monday 21st December and returning back on Monday 4th January 2021. One of the members Laurie in the chat session today had some interesting news to share with everyone. He had an old Fulham football programme dating back to 1951 when he took his wife to see a football game. This had some very treasured memories for Laurie as this was his wife’s first football game she attended and Laurie was pleased that Liverpool beat Fulham.

Lisa then started the Lisa & Mark Karaoke Show which everyone enjoys especially as they also hear their special requests. The session then continued with dance exercises with Sian. Everyone loves Sian’s exciting exercise moves and today there was also some salsa and as usual at the end everyone cools down to ‘When you’re Smiling’ and everyone also looks forward to seeing her little boy Owen who really enjoys taking part.

Lisa then finished the session with calling out the Bingo numbers and the winner today was Joan and as Joan had a 3rd win, Lisa will be delivering a gift to Joan at her house, (with PPE).

We had 22 members today. The session started promptly at 2pm with the Lisa & Mark Karaoke Show and then members always then enjoy their chat time before the session starts again at 3pm. Lisa welcomed everyone and reminded them that an Admiral Nurse will be attending the carers session tomorrow evening.

Members were ready and excited to welcome our new singer Katie Paine who surprised us with a variety of music that got everyone singing and in one of the songs tap dancing. Katie half way also introduced her partner (Ricky)- Richard Groves an actor best known for playing Garry Hobbs in EastEnders from 2000-2009. Before his role in EastEnders he appeared in the series Burnside, a spin off from The Bill. Members were delighted to meet Ricky. As the first of December was tomorrow, Katie then decided to play a couple of Christmas classics joined with Ricky in the chorus which everyone enjoyed singing along.

The session then followed with Eon and as usual got everyone doing an enjoyable but great workout. Lisa then continued with doing 10 quiz questions about food and drink and the winners with the highest score were Keren and Pam. Lisa then informed members that she was going to have 2 Bingo sessions today as one was missed last week. The winners were Joan and Maurice.

We had 23 members today. Lisa started the Lisa & mark Karaoke Show at 2pm which everyone enjoyed. Members then had their 30 minutes chat time and Lisa welcomed everyone and again announced in case some members had not heard about the money that was raised from Karin’s Quince tree.

Lisa then welcomed James Le Bec and Joy to start the music entertainment. James announced that it was Joy’s birthday today and therefore everyone wished Joy a very Happy Birthday. James sang Pretty Woman as a song for Joy and for all the ladies which was really nice. After a few songs, James started the music quiz which is really a great success. Providing 3 possible answers to each music quiz makes it more exciting and the spin of the digital dice is always great fun especially when the dice spin again if a low number comes up. The winners of the music quiz were Ann and Connie who got 9 out of 10 and this was followed by Pam and John who got 8 out of 10. The additional name 10 famous names from a letter of the alphabet which James provides is another bonus and everyone loves to shout out the names.

Richard Kravetz then continued the session with the chair Yoga exercises and to add a bit of a difference today, Richard ended by playing ‘Staying Alive’ and members following Richard’s moves. Everyone’s feedback was that they really enjoyed it. A couple of suggestions were made which Richard took on board to add for next week’s routine.

Richard then continued with the general knowledge quiz and today he had 10 questions and members had to answer – Who/What/How to each question. Everyone always enjoy Richard’s quizzes.

Unfortunately Lisa had a call from her mum’s care home and was unable to call out the Bingo numbers today.

We had 23 members join including Mike Rich from Barnet Carers. Lisa welcomed her special visitor Dr Paresh Malhotra a consultant neurologist and senior clinical lecturer at Imperial College London. He studied medicine at the university of Oxford. He gave us a very interesting talk about his clinical trials and his research which initiated quite a few questions from members about the various dementia drugs in particular Donepezil and Rivastigmine which are the most common used drugs for dementia.

Dr Malhotra then talked about the various Covid vaccines - Astrazeneca which is the one developed in the UK and recommended by the Government as it is easier to store in comparison to the 2 other vaccines Pfizer and Moderna. Members again had a number of questions especially about any side effects and also questions with the flu vaccine.

Lisa thanked Dr Maholtra who had stayed longer than anticipated.

Lisa then started to discuss about the forthcoming Forum on Thursday and introduced Mike to speak about the agenda for the evening and how the discussions will be steered. Lisa then reiterated the importance of this forum and to hopefully have a productive discussion. There are many families who have not seen their loved ones since March and are "dying of heartbreak".

Mike said that he would send me the zoom joining link for the session so that I could pass it on to members.

We had 23 members today. Lisa welcomed everyone and gave members some updates and announced how one of the carers Karin raised £283.24 from selling Quince from her tree. Lisa then reminded everyone that Dr Paresh Malhotra will be visiting later in the carers session. Lisa also mentioned about Smile.Amazon.co.uk and asked if members could all start shopping with Smile Amazon as they could choose Dementia Club UK as the charity to receive a small donation at no extra cost.

Lisa then started the Lisa & Mark Karaoke Show. Members always look forward to this.

This followed with exercises with Sian which members really enjoy as her music and style makes exercising fun. It was lovely at the end when Sian sings ‘When you’re Smiling’ as she also brings her 10 year old son Owen who today was dressed in a reindeer outfit which was very cute.

Lisa then continued and read a few jokes and then called out the Bingo numbers. Today’s winner was Jo, Grazia and Enzo.