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

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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