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Plenary Sessions




Hear the Voice. Honor the Choice Opening Ceremony

Sunday, August 11, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for our Opening Ceremony as we ring in our 13th Annual Conference. This is the new time for our Roll Call which is a tradition at every Pioneer Network Conference since our beginning. Join your State, Province or Country in celebrating your home, whether there are 2 of you or 52 of you – let us hear YOUR voice!

As part of our Opening Ceremony, one of our early Pioneers, Wendy Lustbader, will be engaging in conversation with two Elders from the Seattle community who will tell us a story of when a request of theirs was honored, no matter how small,that meant a lot to them -- that changed things for them in terms of feeling heard or seen as a person.



Effervescence: How Lead Change with Enthusiasm

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

This session is for everyone who came to the conference dedicated to bringing ideas back to their communities. Do you know that feeling of going to a conference and being inspired, having new visions, obtaining resources and networks and then returning home and feeling overwhelmed with not knowing how to lead these changes? Have you tried to bring back culture change approaches and they haven't been successful? This session will offer insights on how to build the skills needed to lead transformation. Presenters will share steps to facilitating change and methods to create a culture which is adaptable to bringing new ideas for person centered care to life!

Kelly Papa, Masonicare
Denise Scott, Denise B. Scott


In Their Own Voice: What Matters Most
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

The mission of Pioneer Network is to create a culture of aging that is life affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful. But what exactly does that mission mean to the elders we support? This session will answer the question of what matters most to elders--regardless of where they live. Video clips and interview results will bring the voice of elders directly into the conference experience as they share what's most important to their quality of life.

Sue Misiorski, PHI & Pioneer Network Board Member


Expanding the Possibilities of Person-Centered Care Through Technology – The Future is Now
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Since the "Greatest Generation" invented the framework of today's technology, isn't it appropriate they get to use it?! This fun, interactive session will demonstrate how adaptive computer technologies can transform the lives of older adults regardless of any physical or cognitive disabilities. You will see multiple examples of off the shelf technologies that benefit independent older adults as well as individuals dealing with late stage dementia, and everyone in between.Today these types of tools and experiences are considered innovative –tomorrow they will be demanded.

Lynette Ladenburg, Leading Age Washington
Jack York, It's Never 2 Late


Networking Elders to Provide Them with a Greater Voice
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

"Seniors Aid New Hampshire" is an organization comprised of Elders that reside in Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Independent Living settings. Through their communication method of monthly conference calls over the past 7 years they have been able to host senators, state representatives, as well as members of government agencies on their calls and provided video testimony in a Senate Committee Hearing regarding medication administration. This group gains its momentum from peer networking and purposeful work as well as the experience and knowledge of "Being Heard."

Darlene Cray, Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman – New Hampshire
Panel of Seniors Aid New Hampshire Members will be joining by phone, their normal way of having their voices heard.


The Power of Language to Create Culture
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

It is not news that the language of institutional long-term care needs some work. Even CMS notes that language can affect elders' quality of life by encouraging the elimination of labels such as "feeder" in its2009 interpretive guidance for Tag F241 Dignity. Some are working toward new language, many want to. Come and consider the power your community's language has to affect its own culture. This session builds upon the Rothschild funded paper with the same title authored by Judah Ronch, Galina Madjaroff and Carmen Bowman.

Carmen Bowman, Edu-Catering