We had 22 members today on this lovely hot day. The Karaoke session started at 2pm and then the chat session followed at 2.30pm. Lisa welcomed everyone. One of the members Laurie was celebrating his 98th birthday and Lisa played the Happy Birthday song and everyone sang along. Laurie was delighted and overwhelmed. Lisa also mentioned 2 other birthdays Joan and Valerie celebrating on the 3rd June. Ian James our music entertainer then joined us and as usual Ian sang a variety of favourites that everyone really enjoyed. Rachel the exercise/dance instructor then joined us which was as usual great fun with all the routines.

The session then followed with Kevin’s quiz which today was ‘riddles’ Our top winners with 8 and a half out of 10 was Keren and Francis and Pam and John.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and we had 2 winners today – Joan and Keren and Francis.

We had 23 members today. The Karaoke session started at 2pm followed by the chat session at 2.30pm. Lisa welcomed everyone including our new members today Sharon and Fia. Lisa also reminded everyone that there was no session on Bank Holiday Monday. James Le Bec and Joy then joined us for music entertainment. James sang a few old-time singalongs and then the music quiz which today was naming the persons in the title of the songs. The winner was Jackie and Joan with 9 out of 10 followed by Gina and Chris. James finished off singing Rock around the clock which got a few members dancing in their chairs and Chris and Gina up dancing together.

Richard Kravetz then joined us for the Yoga which everyone enjoys as always and then Richard continues with a quiz which today was politician names. Our winners Pam and John, Lillian and Karen and Jackie and Joan all did well. Lisa then called the Bingo numbers and the winner today was Jackie and Joan.

Lisa had a another meeting tonight so Keren very kindly ran the carers session.

Keren went around the group and asked everyone to introduce themselves and say what issues they have with their loved one. some interesting points were raised which are listed below:

  • Family dynamics - this might be a future discussion in the coming weeks
  • Andrew discussed about Carlton Court was having an open week soon.
  • 2 people mentioned "cluster headaches", there does not seem to be data on what these are.
  • Someone mentioned that it would be good to have another seminar on "sleep"
  • Fridges with locks was discussed as people living with dementia often 'raid' the fridge and eat food that is not safe for them. This alo applies to the bathroom with bleach, soap etc.
  • A useful suggestion was made was always have a picture of a loved one on hand so it can be given out if they get lost if you were for example shopping.

Over the weekend Lisa had a number of calls from worried families that were unable to see their relatives who were ill in hospital, as they had dementia they were unable to communicate with nursing staff in the ward.

Lisa spoke to the Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers who said she would bring up in parliament.

Two videos were shown, one of Theresa Villiers in Parliament today who was raised a question to the health ministers that people were not being allowed into hospital. The health minister is going to investigate..

The other video was one commissioned by the BBC Inside Out team about Dementia Club UK. It gave a good description about what Dementia Club UK does and as we "get back to normal" and start opening cafes again it allowed new members who only have been on zoom meetings to see what we do in the cafes.

Many thanks to Keren who took today's carers session.

We had 22 members today. Everyone enjoyed the new Tuesday Karaoke session and then the chat session followed. Lisa welcomed everyone and gave a few updates. She also mentioned about Theresa Villiers MP who spoke at Parliament today after Lisa spoke to Theresa during the weekend informing her about 3 families that had loved ones in hospital and the hospital was not allowing the relatives to visit and help. Mark showed a 2-minute video clip of Theresa. Tuesday afternoon is also reminiscing time and Lisa tries to encourage a chat prompting members with different topics of discussion.

Today’s chat was memories of babies left in prams outside when it was sunny and bikes left out. There were no worries in the past about leaving your baby out or your bike. In comparison to nowadays, no one would do that as your baby and your bike would be taken. Other discussions were road trip memories and naughty moments. There was lots of laughter about some of the memories.

Ian James then joined us and today’s choice of songs were cockney songs which everyone enjoyed singing along to. Rachel then joined for the exercises to music which everyone follows as they enjoy the dance routines.

Lisa then called the Bingo numbers and there were 3 winners today – Booba Beryl and Hazel, Jackie and Joan and Keren and Francis.

We had 22 members today. The Karaoke session started at 2pm followed by the chat session at 2.30pm. Everyone always looks forward to Monday for a catch up. Lisa welcomed everyone and mentioned her busy weekend trying to sort out people that contacted her with problems visiting their loved ones in Barnet hospital as the hospital would not allow any visiting. Everyone was also complaining about the weather being so dull and wet and hoping that some sunny weather comes soon. Lisa also informed members that if all is well and all restrictions are lifted then Dementia Club UK will be opening on the 7th July at Finchley Memorial Hospital. Everyone was really excited by this announcement.

Katie Paine then joined us and decided to sing some Neil Sedaka music today which everyone enjoyed. Eon Walters then joined us for the exercise to music and as usual his great music got everyone working out hard.

Kevin then did a Family Fortunes quiz which is always great fun and everyone likes to hear Kevin’s jokes. The quiz winner was Booba Beryl and Hazel. Thank you Kevin for doing the quiz. It was then time for Bingo. We had a winner last week for Bingo 11 and therefore we were starting a new game today. Lisa called out the numbers and the winner today was Helen and Chrystalla.