The Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet Martin Russell at the Dementia Club UK
Martin Russell DL cutting a birthday cake to celebrate HM the Queens 90th Birthday
At the Dementia Club today at Finchley Memorial I invited Martin Russell the Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet who presented a slide show to all the members explaining his role as the Queens representative and showing different events he has attended. He then cut the cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday to the Queen followed by 3 cheers.
‘Singalong’ with Jonathan Fenton, Carole and Caroline
The session then followed with a sing along by Jonathan Fenton and his wife Carole accompanied by Caroline the pianist. Everyone enjoyed singing various familiar songs. This was a great birthday celebration. Our Best Wishes to HM The Queen for her 90th birthday.
Arts Depot kindly hosted a lunch for 22 members of Dementia Club UK. We had a light lunch and we were shown around an exhibition which we all found interesting. It was also Marina’s birthday so we all celebrated as she brought 2 large chocolate cakes. Our thanks go to our hosts Estelle and Tim for looking after us.
Lunch at Arts Depot for Dementia Club UK
Lucy Whitman discusses her book “People with Dementia Speak Out”
Today we had Lucy Whitman who came to present her book “People with Dementia Speak Out”. Lucy came with Andy Bellisario and her mum Dizi Conti, step dad Derek Norman and Lucy’s cousin Jo Farley. Also attended was Jane Moore. Jane read a story about the life of her mother, Lorna, which was very moving and in some parts funny. Lucy Whitman summarized to say that people with dementia is not the end, you can still have quality of life. This prompted one of the members of the group who got up to speak and say that she did not feel that dementia has reduced her quality of life.
Tija Hubej shows some dance steps to the Dementia Club UK
The Zorba Dance at Dementia Club UK
The book reading session was followed by dancer Tija Hubej who studied Dance and Music at Ljubljana in Serbia, She has been dancing since the age of 3 years old. Members were able to learn various dance steps from Italy, Hungary and Spain and also famous ballet dances. This inspired all the members to continue dancing to further Greek Music led by one of the members who knew the Zorba dance.
Sadie from Visbuzz showing the device
Zoe Garbett from Barnet Council
Zoe Garbett from Barnet Council and Sadie from Visbuzz came to show us a new communication device called Visbuzz. This is a one touch technology on a tablet. Visbuzz aims to connect people who don’t have social contact by providing them with a simple tablet which only allows video calls to family, friends, practice nurses etc. For more information visit:
Sgt John Hourihan Met Police
Sgt John Hourihan, from Brunswick Park and Totteridge Neighbourhood Policing gave a talk about Community Safety providing tips for avoiding ‘scams’. He spoke about ‘smart water’ to mark and trace your goods if they are ever stolen. He had various safety products for doors and windows. Everybody was very interested and a lot of questions were asked on various policing matters.
Launch of 4th Dementia Club UK venue at Sha’arei Tsedek with special guest Lady Poppy Cooksey Master of The Guild of Freemen of the City of London
We are delighted to announce that we celebrated today not only the fact that this is our 4th Dementia Club in the Borough of Barnet but also this is the first dementia café opening in a Synagogue open to all faiths. This is a new partnership with Sha’arei Tsedek and a new Interfaith venture. As we live in a society which is so multicultural, we believe it is important that we work together to combat the challenges in life. Dementia hits us all.
Cllr Lisa Rutter receiving a cheque from Lady Poppy Cooksey for Dementia Club UK
We had a special guest – Lady Poppy Cooksey who is the Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London. She selected the Dementia Club UK as one of her beneficiaries from her year as Master. Lady Cooksey presented a cheque to the Dementia Club UK. Lady Cooksey spoke about her year as Master and the fact that she is the 7th lady to be Master. This is a great achievement and everyone congratulated her. This followed with some questions and answers as people wanted to know what the Guild of the City of London was about and also about the various Liveries and great City Halls. Everyone was also fascinated by her impressive chain and badge representing the Guild of Freemen of the City of London. Other guests included;
Rabbi Judith Levitt
Rabbi James Baaden
Father Gregory Platten – All Saints Church in Whetstone next to the Synagogue
Richard Woolf – Chair of Sha’arei Tsedek
Rabbi James Baaden promoting the importance of the new partnership with Dementia Club UK and Sha’arei Tsedek
Rabbi James Baaden wanted to say a few words to express how delighted he was with our new partnership and to commend our new Interfaith venture. We then had exercise to music. everyone was involved in the exercises which also involved some dancing which everyone enjoyed.
Louise Ranger & Daniel Knag from Revitalise Respite Holidays
Daniel Knag and Louise Ranger attended from Revitalise Respite Holidays. They specialise in holidays for carers and dementia suffers at three locations in the UK. The holiday gives the carers a rest from caring.
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Annette Nathan & Susan Dawson from Jewish Care
Another huge turnout this week, we had to find extra chairs around the hospital. Luckily we had a good turnout of volunteers which kept the members topped up with tea and cakes and in good spirits.
Annette Nathan and Susan Dawson were invited to give a presentation on Jewish Care. They gave us some top tips for carers as well as discussing “The Care Act”, which states that carers should be considered to have equal rights for care as Dementia Sufferers.
Tina and mum Joan sharing the same Birthday
We had two birthdays today, Tina and her mum Joan were both born on the same day so both had to blow some candles out on a cake.
We rounded off the session with a group discussion. One member mentioned their visit to the British Museum and another member mentioned their adventurous trip to Cornwall by train.
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We had a contingent of residents from Appletree Court Care Home. We had a sing-a-long which led to dancing and some gentle exercises.
We had a “Name that tune” quiz and read a poem called “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou which everybody enjoyed.