Bringing meaning and purpose into the lives of elders
through creative engagement

Who We Are

Founded by MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting, we are an international network of artists and caregivers committed to bringing joy to late life.

What We Do

As our bodies and minds change with age, people ask - “How can I connect with my mom? My clients? My neighbor?” TimeSlips says try imagination…

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.


Which best describes you?

I am part of an organization.

Bring joy to the elders, families and staff you serve.


I am a student or teacher.

Explore meaningful educational experiences with elders.


I am a family member or friend.

Learn to creatively engage and connect with a loved one.


Creativity Center


Here is where you can read and share stories!

Have a Gentle Conversation

Images and questions to inspire a brief poetic exchange. 


Ask a Beautiful Question

Inspire someone to think a little differently - with no right or wrong answers.


Make Up a Story

Our classic creative storytelling - you can say anything.


Explore the World

Coming soon! We are gathering creative prompts from museums and artists around the world.


Just Sign-in And It's Free!

Explore the full Creativity Center


Follow the outpouring of creativity among
our trainees across the world

Signature HealthCARE at Sunrise Manor

Hodgenville, KY

Sunrise Manor was one of the 12 nursing homes to receive training to become a Creative Community of Care as part of the I Won't Grow Up Project in Kentucky.  

Over a two year period, all 12 nursing homes collaborated with regional and national artists on the TimeSlips team to reimagine the story of Peter Pan and integrate the exploration into daily activities. The project culminated with the performance of an original play. The production at Sunrise Manor in Hodgenville, KY is featured here in this slide show. 


Milwaukee’s Superhero Team Inspires Book and Art Exhibition

Look--up in the sky!  It’s not a bird, a plane, or even Superman. It’s… Milwaukee’s own superhero team, The Righteous League! 

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Meet Student Artist In Residence: Andrew Gray

Andew heard about the SAIR program by accident. Though he had never worked with elders before, he thought he'd try a new experience. Upon being placed at Luther Manor, Andrew quickly learned it was much different from the nursing home he'd envisioned. Andrew's story is one of courage, creativity, and compassion. 

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Searching for Our First FT ED!

TimeSlips is continuing our remarkable growth with a search for our first FT Executive Director. 

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Save the Date! Creative Care Institute 2020

We'll gather in Milwaukee for 3 inspiring days, June 1-3.  

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TimeSlips Announces NextGen Intergenerational Pilot Sites

In partnership with LeadingAge, we are very excited to announce the launch of our NextGen program, an expansion of TimeSlips programming into high schools, youth-serving programs, and colleges/universities.

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2017-2018 Annual Report!

At long last!  This report for 2017-2018 tells a story of remarkable growth.  annual report

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