In January of 2015, Nancy Madsen (program manager of the Utah Caregiver Support Program) and Jackie Eaton (faculty at the University of Utah) met to discuss a partnership to support the needs of Utah family caregivers.
This project involved twenty-two individuals providing support to an older adult family member. Meeting in small groups between December of 2015 and March 2016 participants asked one another about their caregiving experiences.
These conversations were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed to identify major themes. Portrait of a Caregiver is a research based play created from these themes, using only the words of participating caregivers. It is our hope that Portrait of a Caregiver will engage the community in conversations that lead to greater understanding and active support.