Let your imagination soar

Learn the power of creativity to fuel joy and build relationships

TimeSlips offers training and certification to students, family and friends. and organizations.  

Organizations serving elders learn to infuse creative engagement into programming and build community with powerful creative projects.  Become a "Creative Community of Care!"

Your staff will be trained in our method and learn joyful and easy ways to integrate creativity into their daily interactions and tasks, enriching their relationships with the elders they work with. Ideal for any organization serving older adults - libraries, museums, day centers, nursing homes, senior centers, meals on wheels, and volunteer programs. Training for a single organization (without an Artist in Residence) includes:

Consulting with a Master Trainer

Open access to online training

Video to introduce the training to your full community

Mapping the Creative Assets of your community

Learning to form partnerships

Creating a Celebration Event plan

Certifying up to 12 staff members


Follow the outpouring of creativity among
our trainees across the world

Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center

Brodhead, KY

Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center is one of the 12 Signature HealthCARE nursing homes becoming a Creative Community of Care through the I Won't Grow Up project. Artist in Residence Bob Martin is working with Quality of Life Director and staff to invite creative expression from residents, and engage families and volunteers in this inspiring project. Questions explored at Rockcastle included: “What are the sounds, feelings, tastes, games and sights of childhood? and adulthood?”


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Training and Certification

Our playful online training explores creativity, aging/ageism, and the TimeSlips approach to meaningful engagement.

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Creative Care by Anne Basting

TimeSlips Founder and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Anne Basting, pioneers a radical change in how we interact with older loved ones, especially those experiencing dementia, as she introduces a proven method that uses the creative arts to bring light and joy to the lives of elders. Order now! 

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Some of our most frequently asked questions...

Do I have to take the Online Training to use the Creativity Center?

As part of our mission to make creative engagement available to all, our Creativity Center is free to use without training. We think the training will be enormously helpful - but it’s not required.

How does my Organization get trained?

Just click on Org Training in Services (or here). We offer fully online or in-person training. 

The training elements include:
  • Creative engagement techniques
  • Creative community building techniques
  • Engaging families, staff and volunteers
  • Planning a celebration event 
  • Creative Asset Mapping 
  • Documentation and Evaluation
  • Is there evidence that this works?

    There is some nice, solid research out there now telling us that yes, this kind of creative engagement has significant impact on the lives of people with dementia. See our impact page for more details.

    I’ve done the training as a Student - should I get “certified?”

    That’s up to you! Training simply means you completed the online training. Certification assures you that you have successfully transitioned from training to practice. Why Certify? Certification:

  • Verifies that you are following the core principles of the method.
  • Provides access to Master Trainers and professional development
  • Provides access to our inspiring international network of Certified Facilitators
  • Provides access to additional support / promotional materials
  • If you took the training as a student and didn't purchase certification at that time, please contact us and we'll send you the information to move ahead.


    Our trainees explain the joy of creative engagement.

    Oh my goodness - the JOY and DELIGHT of the whole shared creative process is so uplifting - who can stop smiling? It affects everyone and ripples out.  

    - Victoria Orlando, Certified Facilitator, Bridgewater, NJ

    The biggest high point for me is, I have one resident that doesn't come out of her room much, so I do a room visit with her and when I visit she will ask me if I brought a story picture. Storytelling has helped bring her out of her shell, and it's something that she enjoys.

    - Joyce W.; Activity Director, Ladysmith Care & Rehabilitation, Ladysmith, WI

    One of the participants proudly stated ‘I can’t remember, but here I can imagine’, which I found an incredibly moving testament to the power of this programme.

    - Laura Menzies, Certified Facilitator, Falmouth, England

    Having a master trainer to work directly with has been a real gift.

    - Holly Osborne, Certified Facilitator, Fairview Park, OH

    When I read their stories back to them, the residents’ faces light up. Thank you for developing such a wonderful way to foster creativity!!! It’s very fulfilling for the seniors and very rewarding for me!!!

    - Carolina D., CTRS, SouthPointe Healthcare Center, Greenfield, WI

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