OUR MISSION

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?

We created this short animation to explain a bit about the TimeSlips approach. 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.

GET TRAINED!

Which best describes you?

I am part of an organization.

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

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I am a student or teacher.

Explore meaningful educational experiences with elders.

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I am a family member or friend.

Learn to creatively engage and connect with a loved one.

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Creativity Center

LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR!

Here is where you can read and share stories!

Have a Gentle Conversation

Images and questions to inspire a brief poetic exchange. 

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Ask a Beautiful Question

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

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Make Up a Story

Our classic creative storytelling - you can say anything.

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Explore the World

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

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Just Sign-in And It's Free!

Explore the full Creativity Center

TIMESLIPS NETWORK SPOTLIGHT

Follow the outpouring of creativity among
our trainees across the world

Signature HealthCARE

Kentucky

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.

News

Seniors Celebrating Seniors

We asked our NextGen sites to ask their resident's the Beautiful Question, "What Advice Would You Give the Graduating Class of 2020?" Their responses are wise and heartwarming.

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NextGen Program Says "Yes, And..." Even in Challenging Times

The thirteen universities, colleges, and youth-serving programs around the country that started out the school year with intentions of providing a high quality intergenerational, community-based learning experience through our NextGen project, found themselves having to quickly pivot to meet many unknowns. 

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Healing Together Podcast

Anne Basting talks about her new book Creative Care on the Healing Together Podcast with Deirdre Tomlinson and Nicolas Boillot. 

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Postcards - A Little Creative Care

TimeSlips is assembling a list of nursing homes that are interested in receiving postcards. Read on for more info. 

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Meet the Student Artists in Residence - May 14 at noon (Central)

Register to join as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students share their stories from their time in community with elders.

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Certified Facilitator Spotlight

With almost 900 Certified Facilitators around the world, the TimeSlips team is continually enriched by those who cross our paths: you are the spark in the world bringing meaning and joy to others. We are excited to introduce some "spark-finders" to you in the coming months. 

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