LeadingAge Partners with TimeSlips, a nonprofit offering inspirational training to caregivers and elders

Press Release | January 15, 2019 | by Lisa Sanders

Agreement Will Aid TimeSlips' Expansion with LeadingAge as Advisor and Investor

Contact: Lisa Sanders/LeadingAge

lsanders@leadingage.org; 202-508-9407

Contact: Katy Corey/TimeSlips

katy@filamentwi.com; 414-931-1269

January 15, 2019 Washington D.C. -- LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services, today announces a partnership with nonprofit TimeSlips, an international network of caregivers and artists committed to bringing meaningful engagement to older adults, people living with dementia, and those who care for them.

The collaboration enables TimeSlips with funds and expertise to expand its curriculum and audience. Over the next two years, TimeSlips will formalize and disseminate training programs for high-school and college students, with the goal of building the next generation of users. LeadingAge will invest $189,000 from the LeadingAge Innovation Fund over 2 years as well as serve as an advisor to TimeSlips in program development and execution.

“Our involvement with TimeSlips touches 3 of our core focus areas: workforce development, raising awareness of dementia and caregiving, and challenging ageism,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “As we look at solutions for the many challenges our members face, we strive to partner with innovative, forward-thinking organizations like TimeSlips. This effort aligns closely with our wish for all older adults: access to high-quality, person-centered care that acknowledges and celebrates the value and worth of people at all stages of aging. We can’t wait to get started.”

Founded in 1998 by Anne Basting, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, Milwaukee, WI-based TimeSlips helps people connect through creativity with training and certification in person-directed caregiving for all people, and particularly for people living with dementia. To date, the organization has certified caregiver facilitators in 46 states and 17 countries. The LeadingAge collaboration is aimed at helping TimeSlips scale its programming to a reach a national student audience. At the partnership’s completion, TimeSlips aims to establish credit bearing programs at 10 high schools and colleges in the U.S., with a plan to roll out materials nationally.

“For so many students, TimeSlips is a joyful first exposure to working with elders, one that can help shed negative stereotypes,” said Ms. Bastings, TimeSlips CEO. “To partner with a visionary group like LeadingAge gives us a chance to watch countless lives and relationships bloom.”

The partnership is structured in 2 phases. In the first year, TimeSlips will create a stakeholder group comprised of executives, educators, and LeadingAge state partners and provider members. The nonprofit will also develop support materials, curriculum, and evaluation tools as well as test and evaluate programming at select campuses. The following year will focus on distribution and implementation of volunteer, student service learning, Student Artist-in-Residence and credit-bearing training programs at a minimum of 10 campuses, followed by an evaluation.

About LeadingAge

The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

About TimeSlips

TimesSlips is an award-winning, international nonprofit that brings meaning and purpose to late life by inspiring a dynamic of respect and wonder between older people and those who care for them. Founded by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Anne Basting, TimeSlips provides inspiring tools and resources to spark creative engagement regardless of physical or cognitive disabilities. We work toward a moment when creative engagement is simply standard practice in our care relationships.