Our Story

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…


Artists in Washington County, Oregon, Part of Grant-Funded Music-Based Storytelling

In Partnership with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, TimeSlips Creative Storytelling is excited to announce a new program in Washington County, Oregon.  With generous funding from Community Health Improvement Program (CHIP) funding, this project will utilize the talents of local musicians in the county trained in TimeSlips to improve access to creative engagement. 

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TimeSlips partners with Milwaukee Senior Services Organizations to Reduce Loneliness in Local Older Adults

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, a renowned nonprofit based in Milwaukee, is proud to have partnered with Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago, Milwaukee County’s Meals on Wheels program facilitator, and United Community Center (UCC), in an effort to enhance existing services and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. As a part of this initiative, titled the “Milwaukee Beautiful Questions Project,” TimeSlips aimed to provide tools and techniques for meaningful and joyful communication to individuals who interact with older adults.

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TimeSlips Board Member M.T. Connelly Releases Groundbreaking Book “THE MEASURE OF OUR AGE: Navigating Care, Safety, Money, and Meaning Later in Life”

We are excited to announce the publication of “THE MEASURE OF OUR AGE: Navigating Care, Safety, Money, and Meaning Later in Life” by M.T. Connelly, esteemed board member and elder justice expert. It will be available for purchase starting July 18th, 2023.

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TimeSlips introduces Friends & Family Resources in Spanish |  TimeSlips presenta recursos gratuitos de Amigos y La Familia en español

We are excited to offer Friends & Family resources in Spanish! We will be launching our Spanish Engagement Party materials (Celebración de Conversación y Creatividad) and our translated Friends & Family training module in the summer of 2023. We are very excited to expand our reach to the Spanish-speaking community with these free resources!

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TimeSlips runs “Creative Care Institute for Dementia Care Specialists” in Wisconsin

We are proud to be working with 31 Dementia Care Specialists (DCS) from 29 Aging Disability Resource Centers across the state, representing four Tribal communities in an effort to provide them additional resources for the networks they serve.

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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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