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…


Washington County, Oregon: A Virtually Limitless Creation

Throughout the last two+ years, TimeSlips Creative Storytelling has been witness to the determination and joy that come from learning about each other and creating with one another in new ways through creative play. But what happens when doing so happens in a format that was never the original plan, yet comes with phenomenal results?…

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What is TimeSlips Membership?

To watch our recent webinar about our new Membership, Click Here! TimeSlips membership will continue to provide its evidence-based training, but now will be adding professional development opportunities and new resources  for creative caregiving. There will be ways to connect with TimeSlips Certified Trainers and other members in new ways.. Different levels of membership can…

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Creative Prompt Submission Contest

The Creativity Center on our brand new website will be expanding and we want YOU involved!  In honor of Women’s History Month, TimeSlips is asking our network to submit images of women that would make a good storytelling prompt. We will collect submissions through the end of March and will select an entry at random to…

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Western New York Tele-Stories: Meet the Artists!

After the success of our Tele-Stories projects in Milwaukee and Detroit, TimeSlips is excited to announce the beginning of its latest Tele-Stories project in Western New York, generously funded by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. As a part of the first Western New York Tele-Stories project, TimeSlips has partnered with Hearts & Hands, an organization that connects frail or vulnerable older adults in Erie and Niagara counties with needed services.

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Welcome 2022 TimeSlips Interns

TimeSlips is grateful for the collaborations we have with many educational partners around the country. We’re excited to welcome student interns from Marquette and Miami University this semester.

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We Reached 1,000 Certified Facilitators!

In a world where the ability to see someone individually or have a gathering has been at question, TimeSlips has been quietly working with a growing movement of people looking to create connections in any way possible: virtually, by phone, in a hybrid format, or physically distanced outdoors or through large glass spaces. The joy…

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