Thursday, September 3rd (Session FD7) - From the Campfire to Zoom: A Conversation with Pioneer Network Sages
Throughout the years, Pioneer Network has brought together the early innovators, Sages, to share their vision and inspire us to move forward on our culture change journeys, both individually and as organizations. At this virtual gathering, you will once again have the opportunity to meet and hear from PN Sages as together you explore and envision the future of aging. Be prepared for some radical thinking and to be challenged to step out of your comfort zone, just as these individuals did over 20 years ago!
1. Discover the work of the early innovators and the vision they held in the early days of the culture change movement.
2. Engage in conversation, sharing ideas for innovation and next steps in the movement that will help to drive the mission of Pioneer Network.
3. Engage in conversation, developing ideas that can be brought back to your community that support challenging the status quo as you envision the future for aging.
RN, MN, Co-Founder of Pioneer Network, Consultant
|Joanne Rader is a recognized expert in the LTC culture change movement, She has published numerous articles and books addressing the emotional needs and behavioral symptoms of persons with dementia including Individualized Dementia Care: Creative, Compassionate Approaches, and Bathing Without a Battle which received AJN Book of the Year awards in 1996 and 2002. Joanne has spoken extensively throughout the country, and is probably best know for her work on the development of the program, Bathing Without a Battle. Joanne is one of the Co-Founders of Pioneer Network.|
President & CEO, Pioneer Network
Penny Cook, MSW, President/CEO: Penny’s commitment to changing the culture of aging and long-term care began early in her professional career as a social worker in Rochester, New York and continued as she moved to Colorado. She strongly believes that the care we provide to elders is directly related to the way we, as a society, view aging. She is passionate about spreading the message that we are in the midst of a revolution about how we age and where we do it. Penny comments that, “no matter whether people live, in nursing homes, assisted living communities or in their family home, we all deserve and should expect respectful and dignified care and support that is centered, directed and tailored to us as individuals.”
Penny previously served as the Manager of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in the Denver metropolitan region and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Culture Change Coalition. There she expanded the Coalition’s reach to look beyond nursing homes and brought the message of culture change to assisted living communities and home care organizations. Most recently she was the Director of Long-Term Services and Supports for Colorado Access where she managed a state Medicaid contract to connect individuals to long-term services and supports. Penny received her Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Binghamton University.