About

Our Story

Our Story

So..What's 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 aging services programming.

 

We began with one volunteer in 1998. We now train and certify individuals and organizations across the world. 

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.

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.

It also means that we at TimeSlips 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? 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

04/14/2019:

TimeSlips StoryKit Project Underway

With support from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, TimeSlips is partnering with Lafayette American and Midwest Common to design a new storykit. The human-centered design process began in January in collaboration with the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

01/21/2019:

Welcome Kari Hanson as NextGen Coordinator

Kari Hanson joins the TimeSlips team as coordinator of a new partnership with Leading Age to bring TimeSlips to high school and college students.

06/29/2018:

6 VA’s in PA Offer Creative Celebrations and Become Creative Communities of Care

Master Trainer Kathy Hawkins guided staff and artists from 6 Veteran's Affairs providers across Pennsylvania through the Creative Community of Care training. Stories and visual art were all on display in these inventive celebrations. Great work!

Events

08/06/2019:

Basting/McAllister to Keynote Pioneer Network Conference

Anne Basting, Angie McAllister, and participants in the I Won’t Grow Up Project share stories of this remarkable experience. August 6th / Aug 6th (one day)

Louisville, KY

06/05/2019:

A Forum in Louisville: Creating a New Old

Creating A New Old invites you to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville for a two-day deep dive into contemporary aging.

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

06/01/2019:

Wendy's Neverland in Hodgenville, KY

Don't miss this transformative reimagining of Peter Pan set in a nursing home.

Hodgenville, KY