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.


Mel Coppola I’ve stopped making New Year’s Resolutions. Seems they’re just another way to set myself up for failure and cause me to feel badly about myself. Don’t get me wrong — I certainly think the end of the year… Read more

A Pioneer Network Guide to the Holidays

Joan Devine, Director of Education Here we are in the midst of the holiday season, this season of giving, when we take the time to stop and cherish our friends and family, celebrating with parties and gift-giving. As I think… Read more

A Family Focused Approach to the Holidays

Tips from Sam Fazio and Doug Pace from the Alzheimer’s Association The holidays are often filled with opportunities for togetherness, laughter and memories. They can also bring about stress, disappointment and sadness for some people. A person living with dementia… Read more

Countless Points of Inspiration through the Pioneer Network Conference

Kristian Partington Reprinted with permission 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