Bringing meaning and purpose into the lives of elders
through creative engagement

Who We Are

Founded by MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting, we are an international network of artists and caregivers committed to bringing joy to late life.

What We Do

As our bodies and minds change with age, people ask - “How can I connect with my mom? My clients? My neighbor?” TimeSlips says try imagination…

What is Meaningful and Creative Engagement?

Do you know someone who is isolated or perhaps wrestling with dementia? You want to engage but don't know how?  

Let us help. Ask a Beautiful Question and invite someone to imagine, using words, sounds, movements and images. Shift away from the expectation of memory - toward the freedom that imagination can bring.


Which best describes you?

I am part of an organization.

Bring joy to the elders, families and staff you serve.


I am a student or teacher.

Explore meaningful educational experiences with elders.


I am a family member or friend.

Learn to creatively engage and connect with a loved one.


Creativity Center


Here is where you can read and share stories!

Have a Gentle Conversation

Images and questions to inspire a brief poetic exchange. 


Ask a Beautiful Question

Inspire someone to think a little differently - with no right or wrong answers.


Make Up a Story

Our classic creative storytelling - you can say anything.


Explore the World

Coming soon! We are gathering creative prompts from museums and artists around the world.


Just Sign-in And It's Free!

Explore the full Creativity Center


Follow the outpouring of creativity among
our trainees across the world

Signature HealthCARE


Over a two year period, 12 Signature HealthCARE nursing homes became Creative Communities of Care.  What does that mean?  They collaborated with regional and national artists on the TimeSlips team to draw on and celebrate the creative strengths of elders, staff, and volunteers. Together they reimagine the story of Peter Pan and integrated the exploration into daily activities. The project culminated with the performance of an original play.  Our CCC training is inspiring aging services providers of all shapes and sizes all across the United States!  

Spark your imagination

Looking to bring TimeSlips to your community?
We gathered some resources to help.


We Reached 1,000 Certified Facilitators!

TimeSlips recently met a large milestone - welcoming our 1,000th Certified Facilitator!

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Call for Community-Based Artists in Western New York

TimeSlips is recruiting four Community-Engaged Artists located in Western New York to engage isolated older adults in rural and suburban Western New York communities.

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Delivering Non-Stop Engagement to Reduce Social Isolation

As we close out 2021, we reflect back on our efforts for continued engagement for those living with memory loss, their caregivers and those who may be under-connected or socially isolated. Read on to learn more.

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TimeSlips Friends & Family Resources

Recognizing the need for additional resources for unpaid caregivers and those caring for a loved one at home, TimeSlips recently collaborated with support groups from the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter to develop resources to support the growing community of friends and family caregivers. Learn more about how you can use these resources today!

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TimeSlips Board & Staff Updates

Behind all of the visible work that TimeSlips offers to its communities, there are people who take on the very real work of guidance, financial and mentorship support, as well as fiduciary responsibilities. These are TimeSlips’ board members. As we look to the end of 2021, TimeSlips is saying goodbye to two valued board members as their terms expire, and welcoming three new board members to the TimeSlips’ community. We are also saying farewell to Carol Varney, who has served as TimeSlips’ executive director for nearly two years. Kate Britton, TimeSlips’ former Operations Director, will be coming back part-time as our Managing Director, ensuring a smooth leadership transition.

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Coming Soon: TimeSlips Membership!

TimeSlips will soon release our membership offerings! TimeSlips membership will provide training, professional development, resources for creative caregiving, and new ways to connect with one another in a time of continued disconnection. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to be part of a community of creatives and caregivers!

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