Pioneer Networking and the Culture Change Movement

We are glad you are interested in staying up to date with the latest news and events in the culture change movement.  Check back here regularly to read blog posts from both Pioneer Network staff and other culture change and person-directed care experts.

Countless Points of Inspiration through the Pioneer Network Conference

Kristian Partington Reprinted with permission www.schlegelvillages.com Six years ago after more than 20 ambassadors returned from the Pioneer Network Conference held in Jacksonville, Florida, team members were struck by countless new points of inspiration. The Music and Memory program, centred on the… Read more

A Thanksgiving Message

Penny Cook, President & CEO, Pioneer Network What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Family, friends, turkey, pie, football, travel, Black Friday, Christmas decorating (that’s true for some people!)? This coming Thursday, those of us in the United… Read more

Leave A Legacy and Live it Now!

Ramona Oliver Reprinted with permission from ChangingAging Blog How do you want to be remembered? And for what? A Legacy of Choices Every day we are confronted with choices. What are some of yours? To: Determine a life of continuing incline or… Read more

Supporting Diet Liberalization in Health Care Communities

Devra Shiba, RD, CSG, LDN, CDP Sr. Manager Clinical Nutrition-Midwest/Southeast-Sodexo Seniors Since  Pioneer Network released the New Dining Practice Standards in August 2011, agreed to by twelve standard setting organizations, health care communities continue to look for ways to support… Read more

A Team Versus a Collection of Individuals

Mike Hawkins, President, Alpine Link Corporation, author of Activating Your Ambition: A Guide to Coaching the Best Out of Yourself and Others   Contrast two teams each within a different company. The first team calls itself the “Silos.” The Silos… Read more

Sometimes You Just Have to Shake it Up!

Joan Devine, Director of Education, Pioneer Network   “I like stirring the pot – I think it’s part of my duty, to shake people up a bit – make them look at things in a different way.” Nina Bawden  … Read more

A New Culture of Aging — Making it Happen

Penny Cook, Pioneer Network President & CEO Advocating for change is what Pioneer Network is all about. Not just any change, but deep and meaningful change. It’s what we ask of others, and it’s what we have to ask of… Read more

Reviving the Joy of Reading

Susan Ostrowski, MA, MS, CCC-SLP Reading2Connect, Co-Founder Mr. D stared out the window. When I approached him, he asked, “Tomorrow’s Sunday?” I said “Yes.” He looked forlorn. For years, Mr. D and his family had discussed the week’s political events… Read more

Wisdom from our Leaders: The Importance of WHY

Sonya Barseness I remember when I first learned about the Pioneer Network and culture change. I had been in the field of aging and long-term care for several years and I was disappointed. I felt that we could do better… Read more