Here is a Canadian take on the culture change movement:
Culture Change is a catchy phrase that rolls nicely off the tongue.
Type it into Google and at the top of the search comes a Wikipedia page, which describes “a term used in public policy making that emphasizes the influence of cultural capital on individual and community behaviour.
“It places stress on the social and cultural capital determinants of decision making and the manner in which these interact with other factors like the availability of information or the financial incentives facing individuals to drive behaviour.”
In a nutshell, people define their culture and thus, people define its evolution.
In imagining the future of elder care in a society that isn’t getting any younger, and seeking out the visionaries who’re blazing the path to a new approach, the term culture change comes up a lot.
In this frame of mind, the key is determining what the existing culture of aging is before stretching towards what may come through its evolution.
An article in the New York Times that ran Oct. 31, 2011 ran under the headline: A Nursing Home Shrinks Until It Feels Like a Home.
It details the efforts of the director at Green Hill Retirement Community in West Orange, New Jersey to create a different opportunity for the seniors served there.
Following the principles and philosophies of the Green House Project the operator has built four homes for a maximum of 10 [Elders] adults, staffed in a more personal way in an environment that truly feels like “home” for those who live there.
More the newly launched Canadian aging news source AxiomNews.com