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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Empathy: A Key to Connection and Learning

Kathy Dreyer, Ph.D., AGE-u-cate® Training Institute Federal and state initiatives aimed at culture change and person-centered dementia care are calling upon providers to equip care partners with practical tools. Those tools must generate knowledge in providing person-centered care that creates… Read more

The Magic of Music in the Chaos of Long-Term Care

Donna K. Woodward, CNA Originally printed in Singing Heart to Heart Connecting Through Music: Music Resources for Dementia Care and Activity Professionals  ( Being a new CNA is challenging. Yes, in training I learned how to make a hospital bed… Read more

I’m Sorry. The power in just two little words.

Reprinted with permission from DRIVE A troubling incident at a senior living community made national news recently. Not so surprising, it happens way more than any of us cares to admit. The daughter of the alleged victim, a resident living… 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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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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