Tools to engage loved ones

When elders become isolated or frail,
it can be hard to know how to engage.

TimeSlips can help.

Visit our Creativity Center for 100s of ways to meaningfully engage.

Sign up to receive inspiring weekly emails with engagement ideas.

Visit our Network page to find Certified Facilitators or organizations offering creative workshops near you.

We offer beautifully designed products to support you in meaningfully engaging friends and loved ones.

Host an Engagement Party to learn and share simple engagement techniques with friends and family.

Learn about how to host an Engagement Party for family and friends here!  

What is Meaningful Engagement?

Do you know someone who is isolated or perhaps wrestling with dementia? You want to engage but don't know how?

Let us help. Learn to 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.


We worked with caregivers to design products
to foster meaningful connection

Creative Care by Anne Basting

TimeSlips Founder and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Anne Basting, pioneers a radical change in how we interact with older loved ones, especially those experiencing dementia, as she introduces a proven method that uses the creative arts to bring light and joy to the lives of elders. Order now! 

Learn More

Do I have to take the Online Training to use the Creativity Center?

As part of our mission to make creative engagement available to all, our Creativity Center is free to use without training. We think the training will be enormously helpful - but it’s not required.

Is there evidence that this works?

There is some nice, solid research out there now telling us that yes, this kind of creative engagement has significant impact on the lives of people with dementia. See our impact page for more details.

This is fun. Who was this designed for? And who can use it?

It IS fun isn’t it? TimeSlips was originally designed for people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. Creative engagement is an ideal way for people with cognitive challenges to communicate. Our main audiences are families, care providers and elders experiencing isolation, whether from disabilities or social situations. But it’s fun for everyone and effective for community building of all kinds.

I care for my husband at home. Can I do this one-on-one?

Of course you can! In fact, we designed this site for you so you can have something meaningful and playful to do at home and also invite family members who might be far away to play with you (through the "collaborate" button). The main challenge will be to open yourself to word-play and let go of any desire to “clean up” language. TimeSlips is about experimenting and playing with expression. There are no wrong answers. Also try our Creativity Journal, specifically designed for one-on-one use. It's a beautifully designed keepsake with simple instructions for families, friends, homecare and hospice workers.

How can I get my loved one into a TimeSlips program?

Check our our MAP to find TimeSlips near you. If there isn't one near you, try bringing info about the program to your current aging services provider (senior center, day center, early memory loss program, or long term care facility). This approach is inexpensive and easy to learn and can easily be incorporated into any program.


What are people saying about TimeSlips?

Oh my goodness - the JOY and DELIGHT of the whole shared creative process is so uplifting - who can stop smiling? It affects everyone and ripples out.  

- Victoria Orlando, Certified Facilitator, Bridgewater, NJ

One of the participants proudly stated ‘I can’t remember, but here I can imagine’, which I found an incredibly moving testament to the power of this programme.

- Laura Menzies, Certified Facilitator, Falmouth, England

So many people with dementia are told that they need to try to remember certain things or that it is negative that they are changing cognitively. I think this approach is so wonderful because it throws the dementia stigma out of the window and makes a person with dementia just a person again.

- Lisa-Marie Serrone, Certified Facilitator, Bronx, NY

Questions? Drop us a line.