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 inspiring international network now spans 47 states and 19 countries.

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 of 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 guide
our trainings and our everyday actions.


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 and Creative Engagement?

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.



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.


Another Inspiring 3-days at the Create/Change Institute in MKE

Artists and caregivers gathered together for 3 days in Milwaukee in June 2018 for an inspiring exchange of ideas.


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

Master Trainer Kathy Hawkins guided staff and artists from 5 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!



Basting 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)


Wendy's Neverland in Hodgenville, KY

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

Hodgenville, KY


Wendy’s Neverland at Lee County Care and Rehabilitation Center

A play by TimeSlips in collaboration with Signature HealthCARE communities

Beattyville, KY