TimeSlips invites you to shift from memory to IMAGINATION!


Are you looking for an avenue to contribute to people who are experiencing memory loss through creative engagement?  Do you have 2-4 hours per month? Consider joining our TimeSlips team in presenting TimeSlips, the newest program of NextStage. TimeSlips invites people with memory loss to express themselves and connect with others through creative engagement. Using verbal prompts, images, and imagination, people experiencing memory loss participate in creating a story. 

TimeSlips’ trained facilitators, Kathleen McBurney, Judy Birlardello, Sally Shaman-Fogel , Gina Val- Leiva and Lynn Knudsen have been presenting TimeSlips at Elderday since the Fall of 2015.  During this time, over 150 participants created unique and improvisational stories led by our volunteer facilitators. It’s rewarding and fun for all involved, including the facilitators. We laugh, we sing, and we move! Here’s an excerpt from one of the stories:

A Ride to the Zoo

“The lady and monkey are friends and excited about taking the plane ride.

The picture was taken right before the plane landed.


            They are going to do the zoo ride and see all the faces of the animals.”

Lois Sones, Program Director at Elderday affirms, “Even from people with significant dementia, we have seen such bright, creative responses, and each person’s response is always acknowledged and appreciated by the leaders. It really is a lot of fun to see the happy looks on our participants’ faces when they take part in creating a TimeSlips story!” 

We are actively seeking volunteers to expand TimeSlips in Santa Cruz County. Online training leads to certification as a TimeSlips facilitator.  If you wish to learn more about TimeSlips, call 831-316-4833 or visit www.nextstagesantacruz.org.   

I found my tribe!

I found my tribe! After exploring organizations looking down the road called “creative aging” I discovered the National Center for Creative Aging. In February 2016 I attended their Symposium in Los Angeles. That is when I was introduced to a group of talented, creative innovators working on a local and national basis changing attitudes towards aging through creative and expressive arts.

YES I had found my tribe!

NextStage Productions is the fulfillment of a dream to foster an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on that understanding. Our NSP staff including Kathryn Adkins from the Cabrillo Theater Arts Dept. has developed a successful Summer Performing Arts Camp at Cabrillo in its 5th year. With the leadership of Carole English, Production Coordinator, NextStage has a troupe of singing and dancing troubadours who entertain at healthcare facilities to hundreds of individuals each year. The newest area of interest for us is the health and well being of our community members. Thanks to Kathleen McBurney we now have entered the second full year of servicing people with memory loss through TimeSlips.This wonderful program, created by Anne Basting, uses improvisational storytelling to engage with individuals dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

My tribe is growing and marvelous opportunities are exploding all over the country. I intend to seek more opportunities to learn and bring back to Santa Cruz other new concepts for creative aging.

Thank You for supporting our activities, by attending our first full scale musical Bingo the winning musical. This fund raising event will help fund our work. Come back a second time and bring your friends. The show is delightful, the mature cast is amazing, the director is outstanding, and the “bingo” is FUN….and you might win.