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.
This was our biggest session yet with 50 people attending. Rhonda Cohen launches the Middlesex University research on dementia and explained what her team would be doing. Estelle Buckridge from the Arts Depot in North Finchley announced that they will be hosting the Dementia Club at the Arts Depot.
London Fire Brigade on fire safety
We were very lucky to have 3 fire fighters from the Finchley London Fire Brigade to give us a talk about fire safety. We want to thank Chris Burrows, Peter May from Finchley station and Chris Blackwood from Hendon Station.
Tai Chi teacher Ken Wu
Ken Wu a Tai Chi instructor attended for the last part of the session who gave us some Tai Chi hands and shoulders exercises which everybody enjoyed.
This was a busy session today so I was unable to take any photos, my thanks to Marina one of the carers who helped making the teas.
Paul Higgins reading poems at the Dementia Club UK
We had a successful Valentine’s day at one of our new venues at North Road in Edgware. We had Paul Higgins and his assistant Alison Friend from the Reader Organisation who read 2 famous poems to the group. The group loved the poems which stimulated memories and discussion.
A trip down memory lane at the Dementia Club
Love is in the air
We had a full house today, there was ‘love in the air’, we needed extra chairs. Lisa is holding one of the member’s photo album of her young days and sharing her memories with everybody.
Martin Haines from the Quality Care Commission
We had a presentation from Martin Haines who is an inspection manager for adult social care directorate Care Quality Commission, London Region. He explained the work that they do and how important it is for people to report matters however trivial they might think regarding Care Homes, Hospitals etc. Everyone was very interested and had lots of questions.