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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A Message to the Community of Pioneers

Penny Cook, President & CEO, Pioneer Network It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven months since I began my role with Pioneer Network. August seemed such a long way off and now here we are, less than a week… Read more

Empowering Elders: How Residents Fought for and Won Person-Directed Care

Lori Gonzalez, Ph.D. Research Faulty, Claude Pepper Center Florida State University Elder empowerment challenges ageism and the medical model of care that persists, despite culture change efforts, in Long-Term Care (LTC). Empowerment is essential to person-directed care, or “…care that… Read more

Starting the Conversation: Bullying, a Reality in the Aging Network

Tim R. Johnston, Director of National Projects, SAGE We all need to be part of community. Whether that community is rooted in our geographic area, certain interests, friendship, or something more formal like a senior center or assisted living community,… Read more

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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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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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