We are honored to be a part of the National Pioneer Network Conference kicking off today in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Ushering in a New Culture of Change promises to be an enlightening and invigorating educational and networking event for participants and those serving the elder care industry. AGE-u-cate® Training Institute will be offering it’s internationally acclaimed Dementia Live® Experience and Compassionate Touch® Program to innovators
Pioneer Network was founded in 1997 by a small group of prominent professionals in long-term care who were pioneers in changing the culture of aging. These forward thinkers developed the mission and vision, as well as the values and principles, that continue to guide their work to this day. Today, Pioneer Network is a large, diverse group of passionate individuals from the entire spectrum of aging services. Most are engaged in some aspect of senior living or long-term care which includes nursing homes, assisted living, and other providers of services and supports for elders, as well as the generous supporters, including people that work, live in or visit these settings.
The goals of Pioneer Network have and continue to be a model of care that supports and makes possible for our elders these elements:
Life-Affirming, that is promoting a positive outlook that encourages optimism about life; one that is hopeful and ultimately enjoyable.
Satisfying, meaning that desires, expectations, and needs of the individual are being met so that the person has a sense of contentment.
Humane, which is characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for our elders and those who are suffering.
Meaningful, which simply is having a sense of purpose and a meaning in their lives.
Pioneer Network was started by pioneers and to this day continues to lead the way for a culture of change in elder care around the world. We face many challenges ahead in meeting the needs of the fast-growing elder population, but it is through the efforts of organizations such as this and many others, collaborating with passionate-life minded people that we have a future for elders that can usher in new opportunities for personal growth, improved care, and certainly a life worth living. Thank you to the leaders at Pioneer Network for the hard work you do every day to improve the lives of our elders and those who serve them.
Pam Brandon is President/Founder of AGE-u-cate Training Institute and a passionate advocate for older adults and their caregivers. Pam is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Dementia Live® Simulation Experience and other innovative dementia programs. Pam may be reached at pam@AGEucate.com.