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September 2016

The Pioneer Conference 2016: Revolutionizing the Culture of Aging

Attendees:  Daniella Pantal, Mary Traver, Teresa Vaughan, Liz Harris, Janice Vare, Lorraine Pasadino

Attendees: Daniella Pantal, Mary Traver, Teresa Vaughan, Liz Harris, Janice Vare, Lorraine Pasadino

The Pioneer Network Conference is the nation’s most influential annual gathering of individuals and organizations that share the mission of culture change within the realm of aging services. The network advocates resident-centered care, a model of care that emphasizes the importance of the resident above all else.

The Pioneer Network Conference is just one of many efforts Pennswood Village has participated in through the years to cultivate a resident-centered culture. Pennswood’s culture is evidenced through its representation at the conference by, not just staff, but residents as well. Residents’ valued participation in shaping the community is a truly unique addition to the network that makes it much richer.

Pennswood resident Lorraine Pasadino attended this year’s conference, and she wrote the following piece about her exceptional experience:

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Exploring Middle Eastern Culinary Delights from Pennswood’s Dining Room

Photos by Nicole Jones

puff-pastry-02Pennswood residents celebrated August birthdays, Middle Eastern style, with an intriguing international exploration experienced from their own dining room. This event was a festive and flavorful mix of good friends and diverse cuisines including Arab, Persian, Israeli, Kurdish, Armenian, Georgian and Turkish foods.

appetizer-02There was chatter, big smiles and clinking of glasses as diners sampled Chef Steve’s authentic menu developed through his research of the many cultures represented. Through their combined efforts, residents indulged in intriguingly tantalizing tastes from fresh mint and rich cheeses, to creamy yogurt sauce and sweet honey.

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