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TimeSlips founder leads session on creative expression across generations

Author, 2016 MacArthur Fellow and TimeSlips founder Anne Basting presented a plenary session in June 2017 at Generations United’s 19th Global Intergenerational Conference, cohosted by St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Basting is a theater artist and educator who developed a concept of aging that focuses on its possibilities as well as its challenges and views sustained emotional connections as critical to well-being. Her projects have used art and creative expression as a platform to encourage community engagement and promote intergenerational interactions. They have also raised awareness around older-adult safety.

TimeSlips, Basting’s breakthrough project, uses the art of improvisation to engage older adults with cognitive impairment in stories, poems, and other forms of creative expression in response to cues. TimeSlips Creative Storytelling is now a recognized therapy protocol and independent nonprofit organization, with facilitators in 42 states and 13 countries. In 2016, Generations United recognized TimeSlips as an intergenerational Program of Distinction.

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