Changing the Culture of Aging in the 21st Century

Inspiring culture change, supporting innovation, providing an opportunity for learning.

Pioneer Network is the national leader of the culture change movement, helping care providers to transition away from a medical, institutional model of elder care to one that is life affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful. Pioneer Network advocates for a culture of aging in which individual voices are heard and individual choices are respected. Our goal is transformational culture change in organizations to foster care that is directed by the person receiving it.

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Resources to Help you Begin or Continue Your Culture Change Journey

We are here to help you every step of the way. Whether you are just getting started or you have been on the culture change journey for some time, here are valuable resources, developed by leading experts to help you implement organizational culture change and person-directed care.

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Toolkits, Books & More

In our store you'll find the tools you need to be successful implementing culture change. We have starter kits and staff education programs, developed by experts and tested by care providers.

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Viewing the World Through Different Eyes: Gaining a Perspective

“Sympathizing with someone? That’s the easy part. But to really know how someone else feels, you have to walk in their shoes.” Leslie Pedtke Educator for Quality Improvement, King Management For many years as the administrator at Aviston Countryside Manor,… Read more

Don’t We All Want to Make a Difference

Joan Devine, Director of Education Pioneer Network “The meaning of life is to give life meaning.” ~Viktor Frankl Working in nursing homes, assisted living and other senior services or healthcare settings is not something most people get into because they… Read more

Running, Thinking, Dreaming, Hoping, Living

Sonya Barsness, Revisionary Gerontologist Sonya Barsness Consulting, LLC I like to run. I’m pretty sure that, when I am running, people around me think I am one of those workaholic types who can’t put the phone down for a second…. Read more


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We want you — to help make culture change the norm in this country!  Each person can, and does, make a difference — and we need your engagement to achieve the vision of a culture of aging that is life-affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful.

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