About

Our Story

Founded by MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting, TimeSlips supports a global movement to bring meaning to late life through creative engagement.


Our evidence-based and award-winning approach inspires awe and brings joy to elders and their care partners. Our trainings and resources infuse creativity and meaning-making into care relationships and systems.

We began with one volunteer in 1998. We became an independent non-profit in 2013, and now train and certify individuals and organizations across the world.  There are currently 800+ Certified Facilitators, and 48 Creative Communities of Care with 65 more in the pipeline. 

Our bold vision is that creative expression, growth and meaning is available to us at every stage of life, no matter where we live or our abilities.
We aim to change the way we understand and experience aging by bringing young people into positive relationships with elders; enabling family members to have meaningful, emotional connection, and infusing creativity into our care systems to inspire staff to feed their own creativity while inviting elders to imagine and express themselves. 

Our Creativity Center, with 300+ prompts, is free to all users and provides an endless fountain of ideas for engaging elders in meaningful projects large and small.

Our core values are:

Saying Yes, And;
Asking Beautiful Questions;
Giving Proof of Listening;
Opening ourselves to Wonder;
Committing to rigor and the value of all human beings;
and Finding meaning by connecting our personal expressions to the larger world.

These core values guide our trainings and every aspect of our operations.

They also means drive us to believe in learning, growing, and having fun.

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

TimeSlips invites you to let your imagination soar...

What is Meaningful Engagement?

Meaningful and Creative Engagement Explained!

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? Do 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.

News

Postcards Reach 50,000+ in November: Sending Hope

What began as a small listing of a few care homes to receive postcards has reached more than 50,000 recipients through two unique programs. Read on for more information about the impact it is making and how you can join, "The Postcard Challenge".

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Postcards - A Little Creative Care. Join us in Our Challenge!

TimeSlips offers a list of care homes requesting postcards. Read on for more info. 

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Tele-Stories: Artists Connecting with Elders via Phone

Learn more about the project that will be featured in the second webinar in our Creative Care Fall Festival series. 

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HomeMade Zines: Artists Respond to Lockdowns in Care Communities

Learn more about the project that inspired our first webinar in our Creative Care Fall Festival series. 

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Announcing the Creative Care Fall Festival

TimeSlips is excited to announce its' Creative Care Fall Festival; a series of free, virtual events that highlight projects where meaningful, creative connections were fostered in a time of quarantine and social distancing. 

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Send a Little Piece of Your Heart To Oakridge Gardens

We're looking for some folks with HEART to make handmade heart-shaped postcards. Great for kids! Great for anyone! Being sent to folks displaced by a June 2020 fire. Let's lighten everybody's hearts. This is part of a larger effort to send 20,000 postcards in 2020. HINT: as of August, we surpassed 11,000 postcards. 

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