In 1996, TimeSlips founder
Anne Basting was curious...
could improvisation and creative drama techniques
that were so powerful for healthy older adults
prove helpful for people with Alzheimer's and dementia?
After trying many reminiscence-based techniques,
Basting shifted toward imagination - and the improvisation sessions took off.
With a dozen delightful stories in hand, she wrote a play
to share them with the larger community.
That play, was called...TimeSlips. Since then TimeSlips has:
- created training manuals for facilitators
- conducted and published research on the method
- staged plays inspired by the stories
- curated art exhibits inspired by the stories
- trained over 2,000 TimeSlips Facilitators across the world
- embedded the method in over 30 facilities/organizations
- assembled an amazing team of Master Trainers
- created a "service learning" program for students
in high school, college, and medical school
- created an online training (2011)
- created free, custom storytelling software (2011)
- became an independent non-profit (2013)
- was awarded Rosalinde Gilbert Foundation Award for Innovations in Alzheimer's Caregiving (2012)
- was awarded Metlife Leadership Award through the National Center for Creative Aging (2013)
- received international press recognition through NPR, Today Show, NYT's, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal
- created an internship/fellow program for students across the world (2014)