Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 3rd February at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone.
Our members were served tea, coffee, delicious biscuits and cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other.
The fabulous Jane then led an exercise session which all our members participated in and enjoyed.
It was Keith, one of our amazing volunteers, birthday and we gave him a birthday cake and sang 'Happy Birthday' to him! He was very chuffed!
Then the very talented Aaron 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 everyone got very involved in guessing the artists!
32 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of eight helpers who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Caroline, Keith, Dot, Judy & Risom.
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It was a busy session today as we were also joined by a group from Aarundel Manor Care Home. Lisa welcomed everyone and provided some programme updates and other news. She introduced Muz and Faz as the session leaders and welcomed and thanked all the volunteers. Lisa had a surprise visit from Sarah who used as a volunteer for the dementia club and she very kindly gave a small soft memory ball as a gift to Dementia Club UK. Everyone thanked Sarah and wished her all the best for the future.
Muz and Faz started the session with some fun games on the tables and also handed out some colouring in while everyone had their teas and coffees. Whilst chatting to one of the members Muz was inspired to do a fun game using the phonetic alphabet. Another member then decided to recount the phonetic alphabet in German and amazed us all!
The session then followed with Richard who always runs a fun packed seated Yoga session. As well as making everyone work their muscles, Richard also uses humour to make exercising fun and as it was also Brexit Day he also added a joke to mark the occasion.
After the seated exercise, Muz decided to also use the memory ball that Sarah had brought and started to throw the ball around to members asking them to catch it and share a memory. The members enjoyed sharing facts about themselves. There was an avid gardener in the room. Someone recounted that their longest journey ever had been to Tunisia. Amongst the memories, we also found out that Doris Day was a member’s favourite singer. Lisa then played some music and distributed the lyrics to all the members. This was like turning on the light in the room as members started singing and were also up and dancing.
The room was now buzzing with joy and everyone was having lots of fun so we brought the games over to the dance area. There was a tin can alley game, a ball throwing game and a hoop throwing game where Muz even became a table for the target cone to rest on! Finally, there was table tennis to finish the afternoon. Some members played seated but today there was also a table for people to play standing up, which some members thoroughly enjoyed.
[Everyone had a really fun afternoon with lots of games, singing and dancing.
Thank you to our Rotarians from Mill Hill - Rotary Club President Desmond, Bobsie, Jeanette & Graham and thank you also to our other volunteers - Theresa, Annette, Risom and of course Lisa.
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Members were very studious today. They were concentrating on their word searches whilst also enjoying their teas/coffees and biscuits and cakes. There was also time for a quick quiz on True and False questions which the member also enjoyed as some of the questions were challenging. Eon then arrived to do the exercise and as usual gets everyone moving and having fun.
The session then followed with Ian James with his music entertainment. Ian played some great favourites which soon got some members up dancing and other singing. It was a very enjoyable session.
Thank you today to Risom who was are only volunteer. Thank you also of course to Mark.
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This was a very busy session today as many members and other visitors wanted to come and hear our speaker Mr David Jefferys talk about new dementia drugs and also the latest drug which has been announced in the media called Aducanumab. This ground breaking drug could slow Alzheimer’s disease change the lives of thousands of people living with dementia. Biogen’s drug – Aducanumab would be the first treatment to reduce the clinical decline of early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Lisa introduced David and everyone gave him a warm welcome. David then introduced himself saying a little of his background. He was a Professor of Medicine and then he was asked to do a review of medicines in the UK and ended up doing this for 21 years. He was in charge of medicines licensing and medical equipment in the UK and setting up the European system.
He then decided to retire early and became an advisor to Eisai (which is also called Aricept) and other dementia drugs and became Senior Vice President discovering new drugs and new treatments for dementia and other neurological conditions.
David is also a Councillor for Bromley in charge of The Health & Well Being Board. Members then had the opportunity to ask David various questions. The session then followed with Bingo and David was happy to remain to call out the bingo numbers with Lisa. We are very grateful to David giving his time to attend our session today. Lisa thanked David and also mentioned to everyone that his wife Anne Marie will be the next Master of The Guild of Freemen and we would be delighted to welcome them both again.
Thank you to our volunteers today – Annette, Angela Chen, Theresa and Risom and Dr Angela and Mark
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The first Dementia Club session of the New Year went very well. We had a very good attendance, 15 of our members plus two guests Maria and Pam who also brought her cute little dog Lottie to meet all the members.
Muz and Faz had already set out on each table some colouring for members to do whilst they were enjoying their teas and coffees and lovely cakes and biscuits. Lisa welcomed everyone and gave some updates and also thanked all the volunteers.
Muz and Faz then started the session with their colourful table tennis, set up for 8 players. The players were asked to roll, bounce and throw the tennis ball and hit it with tennis rackets to the person sitting opposite. The members that took part enjoyed themselves, as shown in the photos below, and table tennis balls were flying everywhere – keeping the volunteers busy catching the balls. The other members that did not take part were given some pictures to colour using colourful pencils.
The session then continued with the usual sitting down yoga with Richard. Richard did some interesting exercises for about 30 minutes. As usual all the members enjoyed the exercises and all joined in and had a laugh.
The yoga was followed by our new music entertainer Aaron. Everybody joined in the singing. Aaron sang some very popular songs which made quite a few members get up and dance. We had a surprise when Terry, one of our members, took the microphone from Aaron and sang, James also joined him. Aaron then started the music quiz asking members to identify the songs and singers by playing a few notes and if they guessed them correctly then they were asked to throw the large red fluffy dice. The aim of course is to try and throw a six to get a high score and beat the previous score from another dementia club. The members enjoyed themselves by getting a lot of points. Unfortunately the score was not high enough this time. The challenge is always fun.
Thank you to our church volunteers Dorothy and Sue for making teas and coffees and Andrew the church warden for setting up the venue. Thank you also to our Rotarians from Barnet; John, Jim, Malcolm and Victor. Thank you to Muz and Faz for providing fun activities. Also, many thanks to Annette for her assistance, Doctor Rebecca Hatjiosif for her support, plus Lisa and Mark for their continuous support making the Dementia Club at St John’s Church successful.
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