Our Story

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 care relationships and systems.


We began with one volunteer in 1998. We became an independent non-profit in 2013, and now train and certify individuals and organizations across the world.  There are currently 800+ Certified Facilitators, and 48 Creative Communities of Care with 65 more in the pipeline. 

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, is free to all users and 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.

They also means drive us to 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 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. 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.


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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