Better Together 2021: Live Events

Better Together 2021: Live Events

Working together is nothing new for the team at Pioneer Network and The Eden Alternative, so when we decided to team up last year for a series of webinars, Better Together seemed like the perfect title.

This year, The Eden Alternative and Pioneer Network are again teaming up to provide education, working Better Together on a series of four educational events using Facebook Live and Zoom discussion rooms.


Life is Better in Community: Declare Your Interdependence

In our first Facebook Live event, originally aired on March 8,  we explored the connections we have that make us ‘better together,’ and discussed the interdependence that happens when we have the passion to make a difference in the world of aging services. We shared our commitment to interdependence, and challenged participants to explore this topic with us, knowing that “by declaring our interdependence, we recognize that when we are united, we have endless possibilities; when we are partners, we build community; when we are proactive together, we reduce our fear of change, and when we cultivate the common ground, we grow individually and collectively.


What Comes Next?  It Sure Won’t be the Same

Originally aired on June 7,  our second Facebook Live event was hosted by Penny Cook and Patrick Bultema who were joined by 3 people who are in the know about what the future may hold for the world we live and work in, services and housing options for people as they grow older. Bob Kramer, is the founder and strategic advisor to NICThe National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care and he is also spearheading his new firm, Nexus Insights, to focus on providing insights and models for the next generation of aging and aging services. 

Dr. Bill Thomas is a physician, professor, entrepreneur, playwright, and performer whose work since the early 1990’s explores the realm of human aging. Bill founded The Eden Alternative, launched The Green House Project, was one of the founders of Pioneer Network and is now working on a new project called Kallimos Communities. 

 Lori Smetanka is the Executive Director of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, the leading national nonprofit advocacy organization representing consumers receiving long-term care and services in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home and communitybased settings.  Lori has her pulse on the resident experience, what residents are feeling about their experiences of the past 16 months and what they want the future of their care and support to look like.  

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