Our Story

TimeSlips supports a global movement to bring meaning to late life through creative engagement.

Our evidence-based and award-winning approach brings joy to elders and their care partners by infusing creativity and meaning-making into care relationships and systems.

We began with one volunteer in 1998. We became an independent non-profit in 2013, and we now train and certify individuals and organizations across the world.  There are currently 900+ Certified Facilitators, and 50+ Creative Communities of Care. 

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.
We aim to change the way we understand and experience aging by bringing young people into positive relationships with elders; enabling family members to have meaningful, emotional connection, and infusing creativity into our care systems to inspire staff to feed their own creativity while inviting elders to imagine and express themselves. 

Our Creativity Center, with 300+ prompts, 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.

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 connect - through creativity. 

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? Do you want to engage but don't know how?

Let us help...


We Reached 1,000 Certified Facilitators!

TimeSlips recently met a large milestone - welcoming our 1,000th Certified Facilitator!

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Call for Community-Based Artists in Western New York

TimeSlips is recruiting four Community-Engaged Artists located in Western New York to engage isolated older adults in rural and suburban Western New York communities.

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Delivering Non-Stop Engagement to Reduce Social Isolation

As we close out 2021, we reflect back on our efforts for continued engagement for those living with memory loss, their caregivers and those who may be under-connected or socially isolated. Read on to learn more.

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TimeSlips Friends & Family Resources

Recognizing the need for additional resources for unpaid caregivers and those caring for a loved one at home, TimeSlips recently collaborated with support groups from the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter to develop resources to support the growing community of friends and family caregivers. Learn more about how you can use these resources today!

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TimeSlips Board & Staff Updates

Behind all of the visible work that TimeSlips offers to its communities, there are people who take on the very real work of guidance, financial and mentorship support, as well as fiduciary responsibilities. These are TimeSlips’ board members. As we look to the end of 2021, TimeSlips is saying goodbye to two valued board members as their terms expire, and welcoming three new board members to the TimeSlips’ community. We are also saying farewell to Carol Varney, who has served as TimeSlips’ executive director for nearly two years. Kate Britton, TimeSlips’ former Operations Director, will be coming back part-time as our Managing Director, ensuring a smooth leadership transition.

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Coming Soon: TimeSlips Membership!

TimeSlips will soon release our membership offerings! TimeSlips membership will provide training, professional development, resources for creative caregiving, and new ways to connect with one another in a time of continued disconnection. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to be part of a community of creatives and caregivers!

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