Introduced for the first time Bingo which everyone really enjoyed, then some poetry reading, exercises which led to the dancing. Finally various activities such as ‘Putting Golf’ and even more dancing by everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.