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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Resident-Directed Reading Groups in Skilled Nursing Communities? Really?

Susan Ostrowski, MA, MS, CCC-SLP Co-Creator and President, Reading2Connect® A skilled nursing resident hovering over a book, reading on her own, absorbed. Two skilled nursing residents, nestled close, reading to each other, sharing thoughts. A group of skilled nursing residents,… Read more

Discovering Ikigai

Angie McAllister Ikigai, a word deeply rooted in Japanese culture has been one that I’ve adopted on a personal level even more over the past few years. Ikigai roughly translated means “reason to live” or more commonly known as “purpose.”… Read more

An Invitation from Vicki de Klerk

to those coming to Denver for the conference and also to those who won’t be able to join us. Culture change begins with individuals. You are an important link in the chain that creates a person-centered environment. When you are… 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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