Jacqueline Eaton, PhD (Project Lead) is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She holds a bachelor of art in theatre art studies, a master of science in gerontology, and a PhD in nursing. Her research focuses on arts-based approaches to improving quality of life for older adults and their caregivers. She developed and teaches a course called Aging and the Arts.
Nancy Madsen, MS, SSW (Co-Project Lead) monitors the National Family Caregiver Support Program in the 12 Area Agencies on Aging in Utah, provides training and education opportunities as Program Manager of the Caregiver Support Program. As a previous family caregiver for her elderly mother and late husband, she understands the role of a caregiver well. Previously she worked as a Certified Long-Term-Care Ombudsman overseeing 71 long-term-care facilities and volunteered with AmeriCorps VISTA for Mountainland Association of Governments revitalizing and expanding caregiver education to seven locations in Utah County and teaching community caregiver education classes.
WALK-ONS, INC. is a non-profit company with a mission to produce live theatrical performances for audiences who are often underserved. In recent years, Walk-Ons has taken a special interest in projects that explore issues related to aging. This is their second partnership with playwright Jacqueline Eaton. Her earlier ethnodrama, Possible Selves, which arose from the experiences of residents in elder care facilities, was produced by Walk-Ons, Inc. in 2013. Other recent projects have included Driving Miss Daisy, Senior Stages-The Art of Aging (in partnership with Davis Arts Council), and The Senior Theatre Project, a touring production which has brought original plays for, by and about seniors to retirement residences and senior centers in Utah since 2006.
Utah Caregiver Support Program (UCSP): The Utah Caregiver Support Program provides support services to family caregivers. Services include information and assistance, counseling, support groups, respite, and other home and community-based services.
Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative: This project was funded with support from the Spring 2015 Hartford Change AGEnts Action Award with the goal of changing policy and practice in order to improve the lives of older adults and their families.