We had 22 members today and we also had a visitor – Gay Saunders (community care co-ordinator) from Mosaic Reform Synagogue in Harrow.

It was also a pleasure to see Charlyn from The Rotary Club of Hendon. Lisa welcomed everyone. Everyone was very chatty today which was lovely. Ian James our music entertainer then joined us and as usual gave a great performance making everyone smile and sing along.

Eon Walters then joined, getting everyone exercising. It’s great to see everyone taking part.

Lisa then took over and showed everyone a picture quiz today to name the Royal Family faces. Lisa gave a few hints to each face which made it easier. Pam & John and Suzanne & Sheila got the highest quiz scores today. Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and today’s winner was Fulvia.

Today we had 26 members. We also had a visit from Nigel Wray who is our Patron. It was a great pleasure to see him and all the members were also delighted to see him. Lisa welcomed Nigel and then Nigel said a few words of encouragement to everyone, saying that in these difficult times we all need to focus on something that we enjoy doing and we will get through this. Nigel stayed for the whole session and enjoyed the Music quiz, the Yoga exercises and the general knowledge quiz after.

Just before he left he said how he enjoyed the session and was pleased that he got quite a few of the music quiz songs right. As usual are music quiz with the digital dice was a success and members always laugh when Mark our technical master behind the scenes spins the dice a few times to get a higher score.

Richard also was great with the Yoga exercises and his questions today were 5 questions about the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ film and then 5 general knowledge questions naming TV Shows of the 1960’s. The winners for the quiz were Gina and Chris.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and the winners today were Stephen and Brenda.

Thank you to Kevin who chaired this evening's Carers meeting:

As Lisa had a Council meeting that clashed with the DCUK Tuesday evening carers meeting initially tonight’s meeting was cancelled. Recognising the value of these meetings and owning a Zoom account, Lisa agreed for me to host and chair tonight’s meeting.

There were 14 participants who were assured this was a confidential space to air what was on their mind regarding their carer’s role. With no fixed agenda I invited everyone in the virtual room to introduce themselves explain who they care for, naming a major challenge and any positives in their role. This was meant to be an icebreaker, but given some complex issues bought up with each participant having a say, this took us to 8pm.

What was evident everyone’s experience was different. Dementia is not a “one size fits all” and each individual needs to be looked at specifically how this dreadful condition affects them.

There were some common themes. The major challenge is the demands of the loved one with 24/7 care. A carer not being able to even make a private phone call without the cared for person demanding attention.The lack of freedom provides a great strain, which has been accelerated due the Pandemic with fewer options of external activities.

A number of participants mentioned the difficulties of their cared for person being compliant in drinking liquids needing to keep them hydrated. Dr Angela recommended, if water is refused try providing more soups, jellies, sorbets and supply liquids in small glasses.

Everyone was able to find a positive, although for some not so easy to find, It was mentioned how the cared for enjoy certain TV programmes and other activities e.g. arts and crafts for stimulation. For some DCUK Zoom sessions provide an enjoyable social outlet.

It was unanimously agreed the biggest positive is the privilege of caring for a loved one and adding quality to their lives. There was a brief discussion about POA (Power of Attorney). This could be a theme for a future session.

I finished off stating my Harrow Cares Card arrived. This officially identifies me as a carer. I will urge through Lisa that Barnet follows suit.

We had 17 members today and we also had a few new members trying the zoom session for the first time which was really lovely.

Lisa welcomed everyone and then started the Lisa and Mark Karaoke Show. Everyone really enjoyed the Show and then it was time for the exercises with Sian Kenrick. Sian had some very interesting dance moves as usual which everyone enjoyed.

Lisa then continued with the session and called out the Bingo numbers. Today we had 2 winners – Kevin and Pamela.

We had 24 members today and their carers and we also had a visitor – Christine Johnson from Rotary Club of Roding. It was also lovely to also see Lawrence from Rotary Club of Hendon again. It was really lovely to also see new members join.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave a few updates and reminded everyone that tomorrow evening’s carers session will be run by Kevin who is one of the carers.

The session then started with Ian James. It was sad to hear that Ian had an injured finger today. He had a deep cut and although should have gone to the doctors he still wanted to do his performance not to let anyone down. A big thank you to Ian. We are very grateful and hope his finger is OK.

Everyone enjoyed a good singalong and then Eon Walters took over with the exercise to music which for some is challenging but the variety of movements means that everyone gets involved. Lisa then continued the session with a short quick joke and then a quiz. Today’s quiz was to find with the letter ‘D’ some boys names, Countries, food and animals. The person who found names that no one else used were winners. Everyone enjoyed playing this game.

It was then time for calling out the Bingo numbers and today Mark are technical support manager introduced each number that I called out on to the screen so it was easy to read. Everyone thought this was an excellent idea and not only did the numbers flash up on to the screen but Mark also had a Bingo card on the screen displaying all the numbers called. Everyone thanked Mark. The winners to day was Maria.