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.

Just Sign-in And It's Free!


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!

Spark your imagination

Looking to bring TimeSlips to your community?
We gathered some resources to help.


Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin: TimeSlips Trains Dementia Care Specialists in Statewide Initiative

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

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Engagement on Wheels

TimeSlips is working alongside Meals on Wheels America to support select local programs’ efforts to offer social connection services aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness, and to create opportunities for older adults to forge meaningful connections with volunteers in their communities. This project, aptly called the Social Connection Pilot, also engages support from CallHub,…

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Request for Proposals: TimeSlips Evaluation Development

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling is seeking proposals from experienced evaluation consultants to develop an evaluation tool and plan. TimeSlips’ mission is to bring meaning and purpose to late life, therefore, we seek an evaluator with experience using measures related to purpose and meaning. Those with experience evaluating behavioral health interventions in older adults or the impact…

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Meet Your TimeSlips Certified Trainers

Images above (alphabetical by Last Name) Left to right:Top row: Nephelie Andonyadis, Sam Goodrich, Kathy Hawkins, Sarah Jacobus, Rob KnappBottom row: Jackie Kostichka, Elaine Maly, Andrew Morton, Liz Nichols and Michael Snowden TimeSlips is excited to welcome our newest trainers and introduce you to the entire crew of Certified Trainers on our team! These are…

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We’re Hiring a Communications Coordinator!

TimeSlips, an award-winning, international non-profit that brings meaning and joy to late life, seeks applications for a Communications Coordinator from now through July 25, 2022. TimeSlips is looking for communications support to help with our e-newsletters, basic graphic design work, social media posting and other general communications upkeep. We are seeking someone with an excellent…

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We’re Hiring an Executive Director!

TimeSlips, an award-winning, international non-profit that brings meaning and joy to late life, seeks nominations and applications for a new Executive Director. The new Executive Director will be a creative and compassionate leader who brings a personal passion for helping aging adults and their families, caregivers, and care organizations, and recognizes their collective power to…

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Our Partners

We couldn’t do it without them!
Wisconsin Department of Heatlth Services logo
Wisconsin Department of Heatlth Services
Signature HealthCARE. Life with people. logo
Signature HealthCARE. Life with people.
Commonwealth of Kentucky logo
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs logo
Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs
Pennsylvania Council of the Arts logo
Pennsylvania Council of the Arts
Massachusetts Councils on Aging logo
Massachusetts Councils on Aging
It's Never 2 Late, dignity through technology logo
It's Never 2 Late, dignity through technology
UWM logo
Wisconsin Public Radio logo
Wisconsin Public Radio
Leading Age logo
Leading Age