Bringing meaning & 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.



Here is where you can read and share stories!

Make Up a Story

Our classic creative storytelling – you can say anything.

Ask a Beautiful Question

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

Do a Creative Project

You can do these – no kidding. Even if you swear you are not creative.

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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!


TimeSlips’ Mission in Action: A Story of Some Righteous Fun

We are looking back at stories of TimeSlips’ mission in action all month and this week we are featuring a story from 2020, when TimeSlips Certified Trainer, Elaine Maly, facilitated a group of storytelling superheroes- The Righteous League. Read about her experience and access our facilitator guide to help you form your very own group own superheroes!

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TimeSlips combats social isolation through remote engagement this holiday season

The holiday season is a wonderful time to be with family. However, we can’t always be with those we love in-person. At TimeSlips, we provide creative communication techniques that deepen feelings of meaningful connection between care partners and those they care for. The easiest way to integrate our techniques into everyday conversations is by asking…

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Meet our new Executive Director: Ann McQueen!

Seeking Dementia Care Specialists for FREE training to build community & reduce loneliness

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