Six Pillars of KYN’s Approach to Dementia

KYN’s Approach to Dementia comprises six pillars of focus that guide us towards achieving our aim, excellence in the delivery of person centred dementia care. The six pillars are:

  • Pillar 1- Language Matters: How We Talk About Dementia
  • Pillar 2 - Lean on me: Supporting Family and Friends
  • Pillar 3 - Use it or Lose it: Meaningful Engagement and How the Environment Can Help
  • Pillar 4 - Knowing Me, Knowing You: My Life Story
  • Pillar 5 - Food Glorious Food! Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia
  • Pillar 6 - What Do We Know About Dementia? Improving Our Knowledge

The events programme below aims to celebrate each pillar.

Events Programme
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Words Matter: Redefining Language in Dementia Care


Join us for a thought-provoking panel event on the use of language in dementia care. Our esteemed panellists will discuss the significance of language, its effects on individuals living with dementia, and alternative approaches. Led by Emma Hewat, Head of Dementia at KYN, this event sheds light on the importance of respectful and empowering language in dementia care.

Hilary Woodhead on Activities for People Living with Dementia


Join us for an insightful conversation with Hilary Woodhead, CEO of NAPA (National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People). Hilary will share valuable ideas and top tips for providing engaging activities for individuals living with dementia in their own homes. Whether you're a caregiver, family member, or support worker, this event offers practical strategies to enrich the lives of those living with dementia and their loved ones.

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Motitech Journey Through Paris


Take a trip around Paris at our Motitech event. At KYN, our Life Enrichment and Wellbeing programme goes beyond mere activities, aiming to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of our residents. Through initiatives like Motitech, we strive to boost emotional wellbeing and empower the participants to discover new capabilities and relish the joys of living. Don't miss this opportunity to connect, explore, and enjoy. Share your own travel tales while indulging in themed drinks and light refreshments. Cycling is optional!

Songs and Scones: An Afternoon with Sondheim


Delight in an afternoon of timeless melodies as Lily Armstrong performs a captivating selection of songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim. Enjoy the ambience with a delightful spread of scones, jam, cream, tea, coffee, and more.

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Living with Lewy Body Dementia: Conversations


We invite you to join a discussion on living with Lewy body dementia. Rachel Thompson, Consultant Admiral Nurse specialising in Lewy body dementia, will engage in conversation with Chris Maddocks about her experience living with this condition. From the difficulties in getting a diagnosis to what makes DLB different to other dementias, Rachel and Chris will share their experiences and strategies for living well. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from their expertise and personal perspectives.

River of Life: Discovering and Capturing Family Stories


Join us for a special workshop led by Alison Charles of Real Resilience and Wellbeing for Life, designed to help families unearth and preserve their treasured memories. Participants will be encouraged to compile their life history using sections of KYN My Story, exploring past, present, and future aspirations. Alison will introduce the concept of reminiscence through the 'River of Life' model, illustrating different chapters of a lifetime with her own examples. Attendees will then be invited to creatively construct their own 'River of Life,' fostering meaningful connections and storytelling.

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Supporting Dementia Action Week

KYN Bickley proudly supports Alzheimer's Society Dementia Action Week, recognising the importance of raising awareness and support for those living with dementia.
Dementia Action Week is an awareness-raising campaign. Each year, the Alzheimer's Society works with individuals and organisations across the UK to encourage people to act on dementia. It aims to raise awareness about dementia, challenge the stigma surrounding the condition, and encourage people to take action to support those living with dementia. During Dementia Action Week, various events, initiatives, and activities are organised nationwide to educate the public, provide support to individuals, families and caregivers, and advocate for better policies and services for those living with this condition.


Please note that attendance for this event is by booking only. To secure your place, please RSVP with the KYN Bickley concierge and inform us of any food allergies. Contact us at 44 (0) 20 4530 9700 or