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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The Buzz from the Pioneer Network Conference

“There was an Elder who shared how best we should be communicating with our residents. ‘When we’re first getting there, give us space.  Don’t push us, but don’t give us too long’.”  Dayne DuVall, attendee at the session, Leveraging the Wisdom of our Elders. “I… Read more

Convener’s Opening Remarks Pioneer Conference, Rochester, NY, April 19, 1999

Carter Catlett Williams I JOIN ROSE MARIE IN WELCOMING YOU MOST HEARTILY TO ROCHESTER, AND WAIT TO TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT THIS PLACE AND ITS HISTORY.   Through our city there runs a river. It is the Genesee not world… Read more

If aging is so awful, how come no one wants to be younger?

Ashton Applewhite Activist Reprinted with permission from www.thischairrocks.com Sunday June 25, 2017 You hear people say, “I wish I were young again,” all the time. Yet I’ve never met anyone who would actually choose to move their game piece back on the… Read more


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