TimeSlips NextGen Program Participants Announced

Press Release | August 27, 2019 | by Lisa Sanders

Students at public/private universities, community colleges and youth programs nationwide will learn and use TimeSlips' creative engagement approach in collaboration with LeadingAge members

LeadingAge Lisa Sanders

TimeSlips Kari Hanson

August 27, Washington, DC, 2019 -- Thirteen educational organizations, each paired with a provider of care to older adults, have been selected as participants in the next phase of the TimeSlips LeadingAge collaboration announced in January 2019.

Educators and students at the participating schools, which include public and private universities, community colleges and youth programs around the U.S., will learn the creative engagement approach pioneered by TimeSlips, the nonprofit creative engagement network serving people living with dementia and their caregivers. LeadingAge members and other care providers will provide onsite opportunities for students, educators and older adults living with dementia to interact using the TimeSlips process.

“Real-life training in creative engagement is crucial to our goal of gaining widespread adoption of this approach,” said Anne Basting, founder and CEO, TimeSlips. “We are thrilled to have so many educators and students at a wide range of great educational institutions involved in the NextGen program.”

Throughout summer 2019, leaders at each of the 13 partner communities have learned the TimeSlips approach using online training as well as in-the-field practice in preparation for educating and mentoring students. This fall, trainees at the partner educational institutions will incorporate TimeSlips approach into classroom projects such as student service-learning programs or volunteer activities, some of which will take place at LeadingAge members and other providers of aging services.

TimeSlips' creative engagement programs aim to reduce the stigma of aging and memory loss, as well as build up a robust and creative eldercare workforce.

LeadingAge, through its innovation fund, is an investor in TimeSlips’ NextGen program. “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,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO. The LeadingAge collaboration is aimed at helping TimeSlips scale its programming to reach a national student audience. At the partnership’s completion, TimeSlips aims to have schools and youth-serving organizations across the country implementing the TimeSlips creative engagement program.

The partner and collaborator organizations include:

  • Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI) in partnership with local Memory Cafes and Clement Manor
  • ArtStart (New York, NY/Milwaukee, WI)
  • ArtWorks for Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) in partnerships with St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, Stein Campus
  • ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (Tempe, AZ) in partnership with Mesa Arts Center
  • Chemeketa Community College (McMinnville, OR) in partnership with Friendsview Retirement Community
  • George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) in partnership with InSight Memory Care
  • Jefferson Humanities & Health (Philadelphia, PA) in partnership with Old City Presbyterian Apartments
  • Macalester College (St Paul, MN) in partnership with Lyngblomsten Senior Housing, Healthcare, and Services
  • Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK) in partnership with Oklahoma Methodist Manor
  • Stockton University (Galloway, NJ) in partnership with Seashore Gardens Living Center, Eastern Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Spring Village at Galloway
  • UCLArts and Healing, ALMA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Wisconsin/Whitewater (Whitewater, WI) in partnership with Fairhaven Senior Services
  • Western Kentucky University CORE - Community of Respected Elders (Bowling Green, KY) in partnership with Signature of Bowling Green

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

TimeSlips 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.