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Jim Dolph is an older adult who embraces life. If he isn’t attending a concert, he’s in the art studio painting, or taking in an exercise class. “I often don’t have time or energy for all of the things I would like to do!” he said.

Jim will figure prominently this Sunday afternoon when Mount Royal University Conservatory will open the holiday musical season with its annual Winter Fantasia concert. It will showcase the work of the MRU Conservatory choral ensembles with the Conservatory Strings and a performance of A Christmas Wish by author Lori Evert and illustrator Per Breiehagen, courtesy of the MRU Speech Arts performers.

United Active Living counts Mount Royal as one of its key partnerships, and each year sponsors Winter Fantasia and Sounds of the Season (Dec. 16). Jim, who lives at United’s Garrison Green community, next door to Mount Royal University, will speak on behalf of United at the performance’s opening.

Jim is an avid guitar player, singer and painter who never runs out of interesting things to do.

“The partnership between United and Mount Royal gives us opportunities galore!” said Jim. “We are able to attend professional concerts, and often, those same musicians and gifted students come to our community to perform. That’s a real benefit for the residents who are less mobile.”

Jim has lived at Garrison Green for four years. He first heard about United while leafing through the Kerby Directory. He discovered several friends had moved to Garrison Green, and after speaking with them, he and his wife Laura decided to make the move from their home in nearby Lakeview.

In his opening remarks, Jim will thank Mount Royal for its partnership, and all of the programs and activities that go with it.

“I want to thank you for your support in participating with United,” he writes. “You bring entertainment and information into our homes, ranging from music to political discussions.”

The partnership with United brings musicians from the Conservatory and professors such as political science professor Duane Bratt and pianist and professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, Charles Foreman, to both United communities, and provides opportunities for residents to attend concerts. A second resident will also speak at Mount Royal’s Sounds of the Season concert Dec. 16.

“Personally, I enjoy singing in the choir led by Mary Lynn Schmidt. We learn and laugh and are becoming expert choristers. A little bit of arthritis has kept me away from the guitar, but recently I’m getting back into playing, and I really enjoy painting!” he said. “We also have writing workshops, which I’m also enjoying doing.”

So far, Jim has produced 25 water colours, many of which dot the hallways at Garrison Green.

“I have lots to do,” said Jim. “Laura died in 2015 and I think she would be pleased to see me enjoying interesting activities,” he said. “Because many of us here have lost a spouse, we can offer comfort and support to those who are going through the same thing.”

To read more about Garrison Green residents and their connection to Mount Royal’s winter concert season, read about resident Mary Fenwick who spoke and performed at last year’s Sounds of the Season. Read the story here.

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“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Listening to an exceptionally talented pianist or putting paint brush to canvas highlight the extensive list of programs and activities available to residents who live at United’s two communities. United’s new program guides for Garrison Green and Fish Creek point to a wide variety of exciting programs coming up over the next three months.

“We have long known that age is no barrier to creativity,” said Kim Coulter, program coordinator, United’s Fish Creek community. “United provides the right atmosphere and opportunity to express ourselves. Our philosophy is to encourage residents to do that through the arts: singing, music, drawing, painting, dance, pottery and sculpture, plus the opportunity to attend professional and amateur performances both outside the community and in our own theatres.”

United’s extensive list of programs and activities – both specialty programs and events, and regular programs – set United apart through the variety that is offered, and the program partnerships with Calgary’s art and cultural organizations.

“At United, being creative isn’t a hobby. It’s a way of life,” said Monica Schmidt, program coordinator, United’s Garrison Green community. “We have professional artists on staff who provide support for every level, from those who have never picked up a brush or a handful of clay, to residents who were attracted to United because they can continue their lifelong passion for art.”

garrison-green-art2United has fully stocked art studios at both Garrison Green and Fish Creek communities, plus one-of-a-kind art galleries to display resident artworks as well as showings of professional work. Not only is it fun, but expression through the  arts can have health benefits we are just starting to understand.

As well, participation in the arts encourages connecting with others and making new friends – a cornerstone of our philosophy. Research shows that older adults who are the most socially engaged remain healthy and active. Community develops when everyone has a choice, when residents are active, learning new things and participating in community events that they find interesting and stimulating.

United’s comprehensive list of upcoming specialty and ongoing programs at both communities is available online so that residents and their families can see what’s available and make plans to participate.

Both lists are online at these links:

Garrison Green program link

Fish Creek program link

“When you see everything written down in one location, you realize just how extensive the programs and activities are,” said Kim. “It’s what makes living in a United community exciting and fun. There’s always something new and the programs are changing and evolving all the time based on resident input.”

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Con and Dorothy at their 63rd wedding anniversary

Con and Dorothy at their 63rd wedding anniversary

When Conrad and Dorothy Irving decided to look for an older adult community, they were faced with a lot of choices. “We looked at four places before choosing a suite at United’s Fish Creek,” said Conrad. “My daughter is in the business of helping seniors to downsize and she suggested we look at United. She liked the atmosphere here.” The Irving’s chose a suite in United’s Fish Creek North, which offers assisted living and memory care support, fine and casual dining, theatre, spa, an art studio and art gallery.

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One of several paintings that Conrad has produced

They were attracted to United for several reasons, including the wide variety of unique programming. “My wife has memory issues and United has a lot of programs that help keep the mind active. As well, there are no separate units for those with dementia. I really like the way that everyone is integrated into the community. In fact, through the United Minds program, Dorothy keeps busy with United Minds coordinator Becky Robertson by participating in games, baking, walking, crafts and many more activities that are offered. Other nice features are the heated underground parking and the arts and culture programs they have.”

Conrad and Dorothy know that United’s philosophy includes keeping couples together as long as possible. “We’ve seen the stories in the news about couples who have been forced apart due to health issues. We know that at United we will be able to stay together and receive the health support we need for as long as is practical.”

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Conrad Irving has become a talented painter while at United

Conrad, who worked in sales all his life, doesn’t stand still. “I’m a very active person and I don’t sit still when I see something that needs doing,” he says. He is very involved with the food committee and is working with other residents to create a residents’ council, which works closely with United staff to ensure programs and services are first rate. He is particularly supportive when new residents move in.

On the arts side, Conrad is an experienced wood carver, and has joined several other residents who have a similar interest. He recently discovered a knack for painting and pottery. He has completed three paintings, and is working on a fourth.

The arts and culture programs offered to residents is lengthy and varied. It means that for Conrad and Dorothy, their social calendar is full. “We go to the music performances that appeal to us, the theatre and other programs. There are a lot of choices!”

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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 difficult times. Along the way, Betty has become a gifted artist. We sat down with Betty to discuss the importance of community in her later years.

“My husband Ed and I decided to make the move from our family home to United’s Garrison Green community seven years ago, and it was one of our best decisions. It was important that we make the decision while we were healthy. A few years later, in 2012, my husband passed away. It was a very difficult time, but I can’t imagine what it would have been like if I was living by myself in our home. I’m very glad that I’m here. I would hate to be out there all alone with nobody to talk to. Here, I have so many friends and there were a lot of people who helped me get through that time.

“Then a couple of years ago I was out shopping and tripped on the sidewalk outside the store. I hit my head very hard. I went to the hospital, but the doctors said everything was fine. Very shortly after that I started having memory problems. I was forgetting the names of familiar people, and not remembering my phone number. Since then, the memory problems have been sneaking up on me quickly, and I’m getting quite worried about it. My son is very helpful, making sure that I make my appointments and getting me to write down the things I need to remember.

“It’s embarrassing and frustrating at times, especially when I can’t find the right word when I’m telling a story over dinner, but I have a great group of friends here who don’t mind filling in the blanks. We laugh about it and that makes a big difference.

“I can’t say enough about the staff and, of course, the people who live here. We are all very supportive of each other and it’s that kind of community that makes all the difference.

“Another very important difference at United is the intelligent programs. I say intelligent because the programs aren’t intended to just keep us busy. There are lectures from Mount Royal University, all kinds of music programs from the Calgary Philharmonic and the Calgary Opera and others. It’s gives us a lot of new things to experience.

“One of those for me, was opera. I was never a fan. I’m more into jazz, but when a friend suggested we go watch an opera from New York that was showing at Chinook Theatre, I gave it a try. Now I’m hooked. The performance was very interesting and now I go whenever I can.

“The art studio is another place that I really enjoy. A few years ago we did a paint pour, where various colours of paint were poured down a pole so they mixed at the bottom. The result was an amazing kaleidoscope painting. I saved a few of the dried pieces and use them in my artwork. The professional artists here give me suggestions and it really sparks my creativity. The staff and residents – we’re all part of this wonderful community.

“I think it all comes down to community – having a group of friends and knowing I’m not the only one who might be having memory concerns. This is life, and it’s going to happen to everyone to one degree or another. If I have any advice for someone – don’t forget to laugh. Find something that makes you happy so you don’t worry about things all the time. That’s what I like about living here. I’m surrounded by friends who make me laugh.”

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President and CEO Kim O'Brien

President and CEO Kim O’Brien

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 of aging that is the basis for everything United does,” said Kim. “Before coming here, I’m sure I had a preconceived idea about what growing older meant and how that affected my own approach to aging, but it’s clear from seeing how active and involved residents are in the programs and activities that age is something to celebrate rather than fight.”

Her view of aging came from a positive experience with her grandparents. Her grandfather recently passed away, and her grandmother lives on her own and remains very active. “I see my grandparents from a different perspective now. Growing up, I didn’t give a second thought to how active they were. But I realize now that staying active was a choice they made. Here’s a good example. It turns out that a good friend of mine has a grandfather who was a resident here. He was very involved in the art studio, and that choice, his family shared with me, added years to his quality of life.”

Resident Jim Dolph shares a laugh with new CEO Kim O'Brien

Resident Jim Dolph shares a laugh with new CEO Kim O’Brien

Kim says that United has achieved a perfect blend of community and individuality. Residents can be as involved as they choose to be, meals are served when its convenient for residents, and programs, activities and outings ensure there is something interesting for everyone. As resident Jim Dolph said after emerging from an exercise class, “There is so much to do here, I can manage only a quarter of what I want to do!”

Kim is well aware of the questions residents and family might ask when a new CEO comes on board. But she is committed to watch, listen and learn, and to build upon what United has already achieved.

“My focus right now is on deepening my understanding of what works and – in some cases – what doesn’t work for staff and residents so that I can see the areas that we can build upon. This is a collaborative effort and I’m eager to hear from residents and staff so we can collectively build an even better community,” she said.

She describes her hiring as putting her in a unique position. She isn’t replacing former president Gail Hinchliffe, but rather continuing to work closely with her as both transition into their new positions. “Bringing in a new CEO usually means the former CEO has left, but in this case, Gail has simply shifted her role. She has been a valuable resource to have at my side. There is a strong foundation that has developed here that we can continue to build on as a team.”

Kim has noticed a strong sense of community when she visits with residents and families. “When people ask what living at United is all about, we invite them to come to see for themselves. There is nothing better than experiencing what happens here for yourself. There is a real sense of vibrancy.”

She points to the lack of imposed structure in how residents live. “Living here doesn’t mean giving up your ability to choose. You can participate in whatever you want. We don’t dictate your meal time, or when to go to the art room.”

She pauses to find the right words, and says, “United’s philosophy and approach to aging is challenging the stereotypes about what growing older means. There is definitely something special here.”

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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 Citizens’ Association (CCECA) to bring the project to life.

Sage Wheeler, United Active Living

Sage Wheeler, United Active Living

United learning and development coordinator Nicole Moore lead the discussion with participants on ageism. She worked closely with United’s creative facilitators to link the discussion with the artwork developed as part of the program. “Through the project we wanted to raise awareness about ageism,” said creative facilitator Sage Wheeler. “From that discussion, we would build that awareness into making art together. Each community experiences ageism in different ways, so this was a great opportunity to see how other cultures have different perspectives.”

Elly Li, CCECA

Elly Li, CCECA

For some participants, this was the first time they had tried their hands at creating art. “One of our participants, Jenny, had not drawn in more than 50 years,” said Elly Li, assistant program coordinator with CCECA. “This project has really opened up the idea that they can draw or be a painter. Creativity isn’t limited by age. Jenny, for example, is a singer but she wasn’t sure about other creative aspects. Through the program she realized that she could create something new. She loved it!”

At the closing event, program participant Jenny Nau helped participant Gui Ying Tao express her appreciation for the program.

Susan Brooke, United Way

Susan Brooke, United Way

Susan Brooke, a community impact planner for United Way said the project came about following a donation to the United Way that would benefit older adults. Isolation and ageism – common issues for older adults – were targeted for special attention through the project. “This was an opportunity for older adults to talk about ageism. The project truly lived up to its name. It brought older adults who might not have been involved in a creative community before to experience the creative process. And the weekly discussions around ageism really raised the understanding about what older adults are feeling and thinking, so it truly was an inspiring project.”

Alicia Lewis, LINKages Society

Alicia Lewis, LINKages Society

“The highlight for me was seeing our participants boost their confidence, meet new people and learn a new art form. It was very exciting!” said Alicia Lewis, LINKages’ office administrator and program support. “This was a terrific opportunity for our seniors to become less socially isolated and combat misconceptions about aging. I was inspired by the knowledge that they aren’t held back by anything, that as I get older, I can continue to be creative.”

 

 

Hertha Reich, left, from United Active Living has become good friends with Gui Ying Tao from CCECA.

Hertha Reich, left, from United Active Living has become good friends with Gui Ying Tao from CCECA.

The participants – five from each group – connected closely with each other, with some becoming fast friends. “It’s so exciting when someone finds their creative voice,” said Sage. “Finding your voice is what we’re here for and art is an overlooked way of doing that.”

“Even though some of us don’t speak the same language, the best part was getting to know each other through gestures and laughter,” said United Active Living resident Hertha Reich. “I loved the painting and learning new styles. I don’t know what I’d do without art.”

“I’m really excited for the next session, which starts Nov. 2!” said Sage.

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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 nice fit. She was pleasantly surprised when United invited her to spend the semester with them. She moved into one of the suites in August and will stay until May.

The student-in-residence program is unique in that it invites university students from United’s partners – Mount Royal University and St. Mary’s University – to live and learn alongside the older adults in United’s two communities. The first year of the program, United found that lasting connections are developed between the students and the residents. Dani is finding that is certainly the case with her experience at Fish Creek.

Dani counts June and Eric Selgensen as good friends

Dani counts June and Eric Selgensen as good friends

“I was a little nervous when I came here. I wasn’t sure that I’d fit in. I’m so much younger than the residents, but many have welcomed me as a member of the family,” said Dani. “One couple, Eric and June Selgensen, invited me to join their family for Thanksgiving dinner! That was so amazing that they would do that. When I came here, I thought I would be helping the residents, but they’ve been more helpful to me!”

Dani is earning a BA in English, and has applied for a second degree in the Bachelor of Education program. While taking classes five days a week she also volunteers with youth and hosts a program twice a month for residents, called Music with Dani.

“I’ve been playing piano since I was five and its a real pleasure to play for my friends,” said Dani.

“Living here 24-hours-a-day gives me an opportunity to be part of the community and get to know each of the residents and their families,” said Dani. “I often hear amazing stories from the children about how their parents are flourishing.”

Even in the short time Dani has been at Fish Creek, she has seen a marked change in residents when they first arrive.

Dani with new friends Vivian Thomas, Barb Cook and Nina Robinson

Dani with new friends Vivian Thomas, Barb Cook and Nina Robinson

“When people leave their homes, some are a little nervous about coming to a new community. But they do really well here making new friends, plus all of the activities and programs. The art programs are really interesting. Some residents who have never picked up a paint brush before have discovered they have a real talent.”

Dani agrees that older adults thinking of moving should make the decision early rather than waiting until they need to make a decision. “Some think that they will lose their independence but really, their choices increase, and there are so many programs and events to get involved in.

“These are lovely people. I really don’t want to leave in May. But one thing’s for certain. I’ll come back often to visit. After all, how can I leave my friends?”

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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 independence with a touch of support if residents find it necessary. And that’s what attracted Landis and Sharyn Krause to their new home in Fish Creek West.

“We didn’t think we would move into an adult community for at least another five years,” said 72-year-old Sharyn. “But we felt it was prudent to research what was available in Calgary before we needed something. A friend suggested we have a look at the Fish Creek community on the United website. We liked what we saw, put our condo up for sale and moved into Fish Creek in August. We just love it. It’s perfect for us.”

The Krause’s chose a ground floor one bedroom suite that opens up onto the expansive inner courtyard.

Landis and Sharyn are renting month-to-month but may look at a longer Life Lease down the road. “We really like living here. We have a full kitchen and in-suite laundry. At the same time, we can go to the dining room and access the theatre, gym and spa, plus there is a wealth of things to do,” she said. “The physical space drew us to the community but there are so many programs and activities, it just made sense. For instance, we were big fans of the CPO (Calgary Philharmonic) but stopped going because it was no longer convenient. But here, we started going again because United makes it so much easier to go.”

“Like the Krauses and others who have moved here, the best time to research an older adult community either for yourself or a parent is when you don’t need one,” said director Gail Hinchliffe. “Time is on your side, and the pros and cons can be weighed without the stress of a time constraint. Searching when your health takes a turn not only limits your choices, but decisions can easily be made in haste without a thorough consideration for the results.”

Just down the hall from Landis and Sharyn are Bill and Dagmar van Stam. When Dagmar had a stroke and needed a wheelchair to get around, their house in Midnapore no longer worked for them. The mobility-friendly suite designs and amenities at Fish Creek sold them on the idea of moving.

“We would often walk by the community as it was being built,” said Bill. “I walked in one day, had a look at the suites and said ‘this is the place for us’. We didn’t need to look any further. Fish Creek is a perfect fit for us.”

Bill and Dagmar, both 69, moved into their suite a year ago. Bill continues to work part time as a baker. They cook most of their own meals but will often take guests to the dining room. The heated underground parking, rather than their old detached garage, makes winters easier. They don’t need to access any of the extra health care available in the community, but should that become necessary in the future, they are pleased that a Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurses are available. They also like the dining and activities available. After selling their house, they chose United’s Life Lease. “Other than our normal day-to-day expenses, our major housing expenses are now looked after,” said Bill.

“Another thing that was important to us,” added Sharyn, “is that we felt that moving from our home to another condo that didn’t have medical support, just to move a few years later to a place that does didn’t make any sense. The Fish Creek community has everything we need, or will need for the foreseeable future, so we may never have to move again. And with all of the personal belongings we have gathered over the years, that’s appealing!”

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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 looked around, we discovered that there are very few places that focus on an independent lifestyle,” said Ellenore. “Most focus on providing assisted living or have amenities most people our age don’t want. We went on United’s website and discovered that United’s Fish Creek community attracted us because we could live independently but still have access to assistance if and when we ever needed it.”

Ross and Ellenore Campbell in their spacious suite

Ross and Ellenore Campbell in their spacious suite

Ross and Ellenore moved into United’s Fish Creek West building a couple of months ago and found it to be everything they wanted. Their 1,350 sq. ft. two-bedroom suite overlooks the unique courtyard complete with putting green, bocce ball court and one-of-a-kind Canadian sculptures. Inside, they prepare most of their own meals in their full kitchen, and do their own cleaning and laundry. They continue to drive and appreciate the heated underground parking.

The Fish Creek community offers two lifestyle options.  Full health and wellness service including 24-hour care staff, housekeeping and all meals, or the ability to access services as requested.  All residents enjoy access to the large variety of programs and amenities.

Being independent, the question arises about why they chose to move to the community now.

“We wanted to choose where to go while we are healthy and independent,” said Ross. “If we waited too long, the decision would be taken out of our hands. We wanted to be sure we were in the right place for us, and if we should need assistance, it’s just over in the next building. We would stay in the community, which is an important social consideration.”

Ross Campbell with one of his woodcarvings.

Ross Campbell with one of his woodcarvings.

Ross is an avid woodcarver and painter, but until they moved to United,  he didn’t have the space to pursue his artwork. At United, the complete art studio gives him the space to once again pursue his passion.

Ellenore Campbell working on her knitting

Ellenore Campbell working on her knitting

Ellenore knits for family, friends and charities. “My motto is ‘If I’m sitting I’m knitting’.  But I look forward to expanding my horizons. I know I do not have any artistic talents but if Picasso could become famous painting two eyes on one side of an ugly face maybe I have potential after all!” she laughs.

Both Ellenore and Ross suggest older adults who are looking to move ask themselves two questions:

Would I be happy living here? and Would we be proud to have family and friends visit us here?

“When we took those two questions into consideration, it was amazing how many places we looked at didn’t work for us,” said Ellenore. “But when we took a tour here, it was clear that this was going to work very well.”

Ross and Ellenore often have friends and family visiting and they are pleased to show off their suite and the community’s amenities. Their family is very supportive of their decision.

 

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United’s arts and cultural partners will once again display their talents to residents of both Garrison Green and Fish Creek communities as the fall program guides highlight events from September through November.

“United has always taken pride in the wide variety of speciality programs and ongoing, regular programs that we offer residents of both communities,” said president Gail Hinchliffe. “Our program coordinators work with residents regularly to determine the type of programs and activities they would like us to make available. Plus, our arts and culture partners offer residents the best music, theatre and educational programs both outside our communities and during more intimate performances within our communities.”

United is a unique older adult community in that they have formed partnerships with the finest groups of musicians and performers to bring residents a high calibre of entertainment and learning opportunities.

“Learning new things doesn’t stop at a certain age,” said Gail. “Learning continues throughout your life, and our programs and activities promote an active, thriving lifestyle that you won’t find anywhere else.”

A significant part of its ongoing programs centres around the two community art studios. Supported by professional artists, residents are encouraged to explore new art forms and use their imaginations to create paintings, sculptures and other works of art that are regularly displayed in the two art galleries.

The fall program guides together offer more than 55 pages of events, programs and outings, with a special emphasis on the arts.

View or download the Garrison Green community fall program guide.

View or download the Fish Creek community fall program guide.

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