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SAGE and Pioneer Network: Creating Environments Which Support Culture Change

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Wednesday, May 25
2 – 3 pm ET


Join Pioneer Network CEO Penny Cook and SAGE (Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments) President Rob Simonetti for this discussion about the intersection of culture change and thoughtful building design in creating enriching, positive, healthful environments for seniors and those who love and work with them.

SAGE is a community committed to inspiring and creating engaging environments and experiences where older adults and those that interact with them live healthy, impactful, and full lives. A collaborative community of action that is engaged in research, innovation, education, and innovation, SAGE members have been influencing and driving the humanization of senior-living environments since 1994.

Penny Cook is the President and CEO of Pioneer Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the culture of aging and empowering a network of senior living and care communities by fostering person-directed practices and environments. For 30 years Penny has provided education, training, and advocacy related to the care and support of older people. She worked with the Long-term

Penny Cook

Care Ombudsman Program in the Denver region, Telligen, the Quality Improvement Organization for Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado, and Colorado Access, a Colorado-based non-profit health plan. With Pioneer Network, she is working to fulfill her life-long goal of changing the culture of care and support for people as we all grow older. She is passionate about helping us value and respect our own aging as well as those that we serve.

Rob Simonetti

Rob Simonetti is a Project Architect with 25 years of professional experience. He has been focused on skilled nursing and senior environments for the last 20 years and is dedicated to designing meaningful environments for elders. His experience includes design on many senior housing and healthcare projects. He works with providers to define environmental requirements, educates regulators and stakeholders, performs code analysis, project design, and consultant coordination.

Rob is a trained Certified Eden Alternative Associate which has allowed him to better understand providers seeking to change their culture of care and their environments. With Pioneer Network, Rob has been involved in Life Safety Code and International Building Code Task Forces, working to revise Code affecting senior environments. He has worked in various models designing small house memory care homes, community based Green House homes, and Household renovations. Rob has presented at EFA, Eden, Pioneer Network, and Green House Conferences and serves as President of SAGE and on the Environments For Aging (EFA) Editorial Advisory Board.


This program has been approved for Continuing Education for xx total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval #20230518-1-A84821-DL.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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