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A whole year of Zoom!

Published on 14 May 2021 12:02 PM

Update : This article was published in the Hemel Gazette on Thursday 17th June 2021.

Ruth Wright, Hertwise Locality Worker and Memory Loss Coordinator, shares with us her year on Zoom with clients from our Memory Loss Support Group.

Our club, for those with memory loss and their carers, went online during lockdown and we have now completed our 52nd session – a whole year of Zoom!

Zoom

It has been challenging, especially in the early days with helping clients connect to Zoom, getting their sound and cameras on, only for dogs to bark, phones to ring and the Sainsbury or Amazon delivery person to arrive! But, we persevered! Along the way, we’ve had a lot of fun and the clients are very supportive of each other.

We have done quizzes, singing, played bingo, and enjoyed chair-based exercise routines. A few times, clients even got up and danced together – it was lovely to watch.

There was a game we played every week. Each week we had a letter and clients brought 2 items beginning with that letter to show – from an Apple for A to a Zebra for Z.

Some were very creative and our prize for creativity must go to Rose & Carolyn. Carolyn spent many hours with her mum helping her with the weekly craft project.

Here below is D for Dragon 

and H for hands, a cast of their entwined hands. Amazing!

Now that face-to-face clubs are opening up, we are putting down our Ipads and giving ZOOM up.

It worked, we had fun but we are all definitely ZOOMED out. A cup of tea together in the same room is so much nicer.

See you at the Clubs!

Ruth Wright - Hertwise Locality Worker and Memory Loss Coordinator  AgeUK Dacorum

 

Here is a testimonial by 2 attendees of the zoom meetings,

Dear Ruth,

Thank you so much for the Zoom meetings over the last year. John and myself really appreciate all the thought and organisation that has gone into filling an hour with variety and entertainment. Not only has it been an hour of enjoyment but for me it makes me realise that there are others in exactly the same situation. 

I would also like to add that I would really recommend to anyone who has memory issues that should they have the opportunity to attend a Memory Club they ought to give it a try. It’s a very fun experience and you ladies that run the clubs have the knack of making everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

Best wishes
Val and John