1. Legacy and Innovation: Bridging the Generations with Sasha Dawn, Founder of Utopia Experiences & Jack York, Founder of TaleGate willGather, Nicole Will 38:12

Sasha Dawn and Jack York share with us the heartwarming and inspiring lessons learned from transforming challenges into opportunities for connection and joy, through the innovative use of technology and storytelling.

Amid the global isolation of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Sasha faced a personal crisis: her father, a once vibrant Vietnam war hero, fell and had to be placed in a skilled nursing community far away. Confronted with seeing the loneliness her father experienced, she embarked on a mission to alleviate the isolation experienced by seniors like him. This journey led to the innovative use of technology through Utopia Experiences, transforming the way we engage with the older adult population in senior living communities and supporting family caregivers at home. They now harness the power of virtual, live-hosted interactive game shows to not only entertain but to stimulate, engage, and connect residents and their families, creating moments of joy and rekindling cherished memories.

Joining our conversation is Jack York, a visionary who values connecting people to nostalgic memories. Jack’s journey began in Silicon Valley, where he realized that his passion is in connecting people. This realization led him to co-found It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), and now Founder of TaleGate, he has witnessed the power of storytelling and its ability to bring families together, creating bonds that transcend time and distance.

In our conversation, we look at how Utopia Experiences is revolutionizing family gatherings and supporting caregivers in community settings. We’ll explore the unique value of connecting people to cherished memories, the role of game therapy in connecting families, and how Jack has witnessed the transformative effect of showing up with curiosity, asking meaningful questions, the power of listening and shared experiences in uniting families. From his travels in a 42-foot trailer capturing the lives of our oldest generation, Jack’s tales are not just stories, but bridges that connect the past with the present. Join us as we journey through these tales and learn how Utopia Experiences is not just a game, but a catalyst for bringing generations together.

Thank you, Sasha and Jack, for the meaningful conversation!

Learn more at www.utopiaexperiences.net & www.talegate4joy.com


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Nicole Will is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of our aging community by equipping older adults, their family members, and eldercare professionals with valuable information and resources. Nicole is the creator, host, and producer of the willGather Podcast: Navigating the World with Your Aging Loved One.