Nov 16

Betty’s Story: The Importance of Community

Eighty-nine year old Betty Earle and her husband moved into United’s Garrison Green community seven years ago. They decided to make the move while they were healthy and independent. Betty is grateful for that decision because she is surrounded by friends and a community that has supported her during some… View Article
Nov 9

United Sponsors Calgary Opera Resident Conductor Kimberley-Ann Bartczak

Kimberley-Ann Bartczak has been named by Calgary Opera as its latest resident conductor and repetiteur, or coach for the Opera’s singers. She brings plenty of experience to her new role. Originally from Montreal, she is also on staff at Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s,  Newfoundland. She has also worked… View Article
Nov 3

Getting to Know Residents and Staff; New CEO Joins United

Kim O’Brien joined United Active Living as president and CEO just seven weeks ago. During that time she has met residents and staff and immersed herself in United’s unique, older adult lifestyle. She describes what is happening at United as “something special”. “I’ve really been taken by the progressive view… View Article
Oct 27

Project Inspire Lives Up to its Name

A six-week arts and discussion program called Project Inspire  brought older adults together from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to produce collaborative art and discuss their views on ageism. United Active Living worked closely with United Way and two of its agency partners – LINKages Society and the Calgary Chinese Elderly… View Article
Oct 19

A Friendship that Bridges the Generations

When 23-year-old St. Mary’s University student Danielle (Dani) Dykema heard that United Active Living’s Fish Creek community was looking for a live-in student-in-residence, she put her name forward. She had lived with her grandparents and volunteered with older adults in the past and thought that her experience would be a… View Article
Oct 12

Virginia’s Melody

For Virginia Stewart, music and writing are two sides of an artistic coin. We all have the capacity to learn and develop to the end of our lives. United supports opportunities for that to happen. Virginia is a perfect example of that. Shortly after turning 70, she earned a BA… View Article
Oct 6

Finding the Right Fit at United’s Fish Creek

United Active Living’s Fish Creek community offers a unique blend of lifestyles within a single community – independent living, assisted living and memory care options are available, as well as month-to-month rental and United’s Life Lease. Fish Creek offers something most other older adult communities don’t – a focus on… View Article
Sep 28

Unique Programs and Staff Bring Generations Together

The large variety of unique and interesting programs and activities makes United’s communities a good fit for the active older adult. One of those programs brings together students from Mount Royal University’s English program and the residents at United’s Garrison Green community in a writing program that shares the residents’… View Article
Sep 22

Living an Independent Life

When Ross and Ellenore Campbell started looking for an older adult community, they had two criteria – that they would make the decision when to move, and not leave it to someone else to choose for them, and second, that they could live completely independently within the community. “When we… View Article
Sep 14

Older Adults and Students Find More Than Common Ground

A 60-year age gap between students and United Active Living residents is erased in an instant when the two generations get together to share stories, experiences and laughter. United offers Mount Royal University and St. Mary’s University students the unique opportunity to live at United’s two communities to work, eat… View Article