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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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“The period between age 50 and elderly is best described as three overlapping periods, not defined by age.” – Dr. George Schofield, professor and author of How Do I Get There From Here?

While we tend to think of our lives as defined by age, that can be misleading – just as defining every young person as a teenager is misleading when there is a wide range of maturity between 13 and 19. In fact, a recent study found that people generally decide to move into an older adult community in their 80s. But that generalization is too broad.

In his book How Do I Get There From Here? Dr. Schofield argues that, “It’s an uninformed and inaccurate assumption to think about the period between age 50 and elderly as one single period. It’s as naïve as assuming all boomers are alike, needing and wanting the same things at the same time. It is naïve because it sets us up to be surprised and less adaptable when change —voluntary and involuntary —arrives. I also think the period between age 50 and elderly is best described as three overlapping periods, not defined by age. They are defined by life situation, and different people arrive at them at different ages and from different circumstances.”

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

He describes the overlapping stages as New Freedom, which begins at around 50 when the children have left. New Horizons, which begins after New Freedom, but is not defined by age, and lastly the New Simplicity stage of life.

“Making a decision to move into an older adult community shouldn’t be viewed as failure, or giving in to old age,” said Gail Hinchliffe, president, United Active Living. “Rather, those who are independent and who want a high quality of life can use such as move as a choice that takes advantage of good health and the desire to be free from the mundane day-to-day activities that the family home requires.”

While the 80s may be a typical time when people think about moving, the real motivation may be a decline in health. For those who are independent and in good health, it’s all about moving away from caring for the family home, cooking and cleaning and the desire for social engagement.

“We often find that residents who used to attend the Calgary Philharmonic, for example, now find the time to attend again, or they can pursue other interests such as painting, sculpting or writing that took a back seat when raising a family,” said Gail. “These things aren’t dependent on age, but rather the stage a person is at when they decide to move into one of our communities.”

The best time to research an older adult community either for yourself or a parent is when you don’t need one. 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.

“I’ve seen families who have waited too long,” said Gail. “It’s laudable to want to keep a parent at home, especially if they continue to be independent. But it’s heartbreaking when a family comes to us after the person’s health has deteriorated. What a difference it would have made if they had started their search earlier.”

Where do you start? Have a look at our article, five questions to ask yourself when looking for an older adult community.

And after you’ve made a decision, how our welcome team smooths the transition.

“Quality of life should be the deciding factor, not age,” said Gail. “When an older adult needs constant support, can no longer go out and becomes lonely, depressed and withdrawn, it should be obvious to the family that quality of life is deteriorating, and that’s where we can make a real difference. But the key is to focus on maintaining an independent lifestyle rather than waiting.

“People are living longer, and it’s important that we retain a high quality of life in our later years,” said Gail. “Don’t wait until health pushes a parent out of their home. That’s leaving the decision too late. If you are thinking about moving, then it’s likely a decision that should have been made a year ago. Talk to us while there is still plenty of time to ensure you or your parent finds the right community and lifestyle that will keep them active and engaged.”

Later life is a journey with a number of surprises along the way. As Dr. Schofield so aptly puts it, “There will always be straightaways and surprise curves on our life’s roadway, sometimes a hairpin turn and sometimes a switchback and sometimes a road so straight and clear that it’s obvious why no speed limit is required. Like it or not, we’re all in a transition. We’re all pioneers.”

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United and Calgary Civic Symphony (CCS) have renewed their partnership, giving residents access to the symphony on stage as well as bringing performances into United’s two communities.

“We are one of the best kept secrets in Calgary,” said symphony executive director David Wartman. “By being responsive to the needs of the community, and through partnerships such as the one with United, we become better known.”

“When we come into one of United’s communities with small groups of musicians, the residents are very appreciative. That in turn makes the time we spend with them that much more fulfilling,” said Craig Hutchenreuther, concertmaster at CCS. “I think it’s the intimacy of the surroundings. We are performing right there with the audience and there is a real exchange of energy.”

Craig Hutchenreuther, top left, with the Calgary Civic Symphony quartet

Craig Hutchenreuther, top left, with the Calgary Civic Symphony quartet

Craig and three other musicians performed for residents in the Fish Creek community theatre, playing four pieces by Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky – the latter providing the opportunity for the quartet to add a little humour. Tchaikovsky’s 1812  was written to be performed by a full orchestra. But to the delight of the residents, the smaller performance introduced a humorous approach.

“Since we have a quartet, the musicians did double duty as vocalists for part of the piece, and we enlisted the help of the audience to fill in the sound effects of cannons and church bells, which appear at the end,” said Craig.

“The participation of the audience is something that works very well in a small, intimate surrounding such as the United theatre,” said Craig. “We can see them moving with the music, which we can’t necessarily see in a large theatre, so it was the perfect opportunity to engage with the audience and give them a more personal experience.”

John Miles, a resident of Fish Creek noted, “Often when you go to a concert, there is a serious atmosphere about the performance, but this was much lighter and more comfortable.”

“The nice thing about today’s performance was the sense of humour. It was clever. It shows that classical music can be fun!” said Fish Creek resident Ray Waldock.

“It’s performances like these that really speak highly of our partnership with Calgary Civic Symphony,” said Jill LaForty, United’s music director, and audience conductor for the 1812 performance. Having access to musicians who really want to make a difference is a real benefit to residents, especially for those who have difficulty going out to concert venues.”

Residents will be attending several of the Calgary Civic Symphony concerts this year including “Oh Canada!” a celebration of Canadian music at the end of  October.

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Residents at United’s two communities have the best of both worlds. Through partnerships with Calgary’s best musical organizations they go out to performances, but also have performers come into the communities for intimate concerts. Honens, the Calgary Philharmonic, Calgary Pro Musica, Calgary Opera and Calgary Civic Symphony have all renewed their partnerships with United Active Living. Several other partnership agreements are in the works.

“The partnerships we have with Calgary’s finest music and educational organizations make a wealth of musical talent available to our residents,” said Jill LaForty, music director at United. “These are great for our residents. They get preferred seating when attending performances, and these groups also bring their top talents to United’s two communities, giving our residents a much more intimate contact with the musicians.”

Luca Buratto speaks with residents at Garrison Green

Luca Buratto at Garrison Green

A popular event last year brought 2015 Honen’s Prize Laureate Luca Buratto into Garrison Green. He played to a full house and afterwards mingled with residents.

 

 

Calgary Pro Musica has also renewed its partnership with United.

The non-profit organization has brought in world-renowned chamber ensembles to perform in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall in the University of Calgary’s Rozsa Centre.

The New Orford String Quartet

The New Orford String Quartet

In April, they brought in the New Orford String Quartet, who won a Juno Award this year for “Best Solo or Chamber Recording”.

The musicians are part of Pro Musica’s Dick Matthews Young Artists Development Program, which was created to discover, nurture and promote young Calgary musicians. The program was named for the late philanthropist who was a long-time patron of the arts in Calgary.

“The concerts, whether at the Rozsa Centre or in our communities, enables our music lovers, and music-curious residents to hear a wide variety of the highest-level Canadian and international chamber music,” said Jill.

“My friend and I had season’s tickets to Calgary Pro Musica for many years,” said Garrison Green resident Doris Bingham. “Now I go out to hear them and to other concerts with the residents here, and I always go to see them and the other performers when they perform at Garrison Green. Hearing them again brings back fond memories of when I used to attend their concerts.”

CPO resident conductor Karl Hirzer at Garrison Green

CPO resident conductor Karl Hirzer at Garrison Green

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has been a cornerstone of the city’s arts community since 1955. From the classics to rock and roll, to broadway favourites, the CPO entertains Calgarians with a range of music to satisfy every musical taste.

“That wide range of styles is a big reason why the CPO is a good fit as a United Active Living partner,” said Jill. “The beauty of the CPO is that they have programming that appeals to every musical taste, and our residents, who also have varying tastes have been able to benefit from that range.

“Our residents are able to attend the dress rehearsals the CPO holds prior to their performances,” said Jill. “We’ve arranged for some of the conductors and performers to come to our communities to perform some of the music, and to discuss the music and its history with the residents. This is something that would not normally be available, and many are very interested and engaged in the discussion.”

We’ll talk more about the rest of the partnerships in future articles.

United has partnerships with six musical organizations and two universities that provide our residents with a wide range of musical and higher learning opportunities.

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Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the mountains, parks and gardens that Calgary and area have to offer.

Residents of the two United communities have a wide range of choices for getting out and about to enjoy the sunshine. Last weekend, residents at Fish Creek were busy planting herbs and flowers in the spacious community courtyard.

But there are a large number of programs and activities that take residents out to enjoy concerts, lectures, the mountains and parks. United’s seasonal guides to programs and activities at its two communities (June 1 – Aug. 31) are now available for download or viewing online (see below for the links).

The guides showcase the opportunities that United’s unique partnerships give residents. Music, drawing, painting, dance, pottery, sculpture – and those are just some of the ongoing programs that are offered throughout the year. When you combine those with programs inspired by United’s community partners, the list is even more impressive.

Musicians from Calgary Pro Musica perform at Garrison Green

Musicians from Calgary Pro Musica perform at Garrison Green

“By partnering with some of the best cultural and educational organizations in Calgary, we can ensure there is a wide variety of entertaining and educational experiences that our residents can use to continue to learn and expand their horizons,” said Gail Hinchliffe, president, United Active Living. “These partnerships give residents an opportunity to attend concerts and lectures, but also allow us to bring musicians and professors into our communities for intimate concerts and interaction with professionals that would otherwise not be available to them.”

At the same time, performers get to know their audiences, and residents get to mingle one-on-one with some of the most talented performers in Calgary.

United isn’t your average older adult community. With a focus on the arts, creativity and socialization with others to keep the mind active, United’s extensive list of programs and activities ensures there is ample opportunity for ongoing learning and creative expression.

Along with the partnerships, United’s professional artists help residents find their creative side with the help of fully stocked art studios plus one-of-a-kind art galleries to display resident artworks as well as show professional work.

The focus is on building a community  where everyone has a choice, where residents are active, learning new things and participating in community events that they find interesting and stimulating.

Both lists are available as printable PDFs at these links:

Garrison Green program link

Fish Creek program link

The program lists are constantly evolving, so check with the monthly calendars that are sent out to each resident for any additions and changes.

“While the partnerships provide us with a number of one-of-a-kind opportunities, it’s often the residents who suggest programs or activities they would like us to put together,” said Gail. “That’s why the list of programs is so varied. It’s as varied as the people who live here. And that’s a definite benefit of living in a United community. There’s always something new and the programs are changing and evolving all the time based on what the residents want.”

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Older adults who have been living in the family home for many years may want to reassess their lifestyle by asking some basic questions. Does my home fit the lifestyle I would like to have? Is my house just a big to-do list? Is there too much house to look after?

At some point in home ownership, we often consider downsizing to a condo or moving to an older adult community where almost everything is looked after. So you should ask yourself, “If not now, when?” The best time to think about making your life easier is when you can take the time to weigh your options. Is a condo the right move? Will you know your neighbours and are there others in your age group to make friends with?

Consider a better alternative. United Active Living’s Fish Creek West, which gives you a unique way to live your life without downsizing your lifestyle.

FCW Kitchen, Dining OP smallFish Creek West is the first of its kind in Calgary. It provides you with the choice of elegant one bedroom, one bedroom plus den and two bedroom suites, some as large as 1,300 sq. ft.  with many features beyond your expectations. No maintenance, no worries, everything is taken care of. Plus, your monthly lifestyle fee provides a new world of opportunity in the adjacent 30,000 sq. ft. of high quality amenities. Fine dining, a casual bistro, theatre, art studio and a stunning outdoor courtyard dotted with sculptures, a water feature, orchard, bocce ball court and putting green are all available to you.

Last summer, United invited the artists who crafted the courtyard sculptures to talk about their art and the process of creativity.

 

Join an exercise, music or dance class for core stability, yoga, Tai Chi, a walking group or use one of the exercise machines. Afterwards, relax in the spa tub or enjoy the many health benefits of the infrared sauna. Most importantly, your monthly fee provides unlimited access to exercise and lifelong learning programs, art workshops, outings to galleries and a lot more.

United’s signature Arts and Culture program features robust partnerships with leading arts organizations in the city. These partnerships not only bring residents to concerts and lectures outside of the Fish Creek community, but bring artists into the community for special concerts and workshops. You can attend art classes guided by professional artists, hear lectures from visiting professors, choose from a variety of fitness programs or attend a concert by a world-renowned musician.

The activities and programs available to you are endless.

“Today’s older adults have higher expectations about where they will live in their later years,” said Gail Hinchliffe, president, United Active Living. “What we have come to expect in a traditional nursing home has been replaced by communities that offer more. While the common expectation is that older adults will ‘age in place’, often the home a person has lived in for many years is no longer the best option for them. Instead, the focus should be on ‘aging in community’ where there is more support to ensure that a person ages well.”

One thing we often don’t think about when we are healthy and active, is a possible future event in your later years that requires an unforeseen level of care.  As a resident of Fish Creek West you can access services when you need them. Housekeeping, full meal service, nursing care – all are available when needed.

You also need to be aware of costs, and if the need for extra care should mount, the last thing you want to worry about is outliving your financial resources. Our exclusive Life Lease program helps you to ensure that future, unexpected needs can be met.

United’s Life Lease is a good option for many people. In many cases, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the family home covers the entrance fee, which then reduces the monthly lifestyle fees for the chosen suite.

“The big difference between the United Life Lease and others in the marketplace is the flexibility we offer to use the entrance fee to cover future unforeseen health care costs, and even the monthly fees should that be necessary,” said Gail. “By allowing residents to use the entrance fee in this way,  the common concern about outliving your money is removed, giving residents peace of mind as they progress through their later years.”

“It’s important to us that residents feel at home,” said Gail. “As such, our Life Lease program, our lifestyle programs and activities, our five-star dining options with complete dining flexibility really promote that feeling of home, where the residents are in control. Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Pop into the bistro or dining room for a chef-inspired meal, or arrange takeout from the deli and enjoy the meal in your suite. Your monthly fee includes a dining credit. And there’s no tipping!”

Tours of Fish Creek are available, and there’s no waiting list. Simply click the “get in touch” link below, and we would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

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For many, the common perception is that a move to an older adult community is synonymous with a move into assisted living. That idea is changing. Today’s older adults want more in their later years, and United Active Living communities deliver.

In particular, United’s Fish Creek community offers independence, an active lifestyle and affordability.  Fish Creek West combines the benefits of living in an active community while maintaining an independent lifestyle.

Gordon and Jeanne Schnell both 84, and their dog Briggs moved into Fish Creek West from Sidney, B.C.  “We retired there 11 years ago, but our family is in Calgary so that was an important consideration in our decision to move back,” said Gordon.

“Many of our residents are moving from a community where they have raised children and grandchildren, growing roots for decades,” said active living coordinator Adrienne Wedding. “The connections they have made and that sense of belonging is something that builds gradually over time. United Active Living’s Fish Creek West building offers the independent lifestyle for the independent senior, yet the opportunity to engage in a community is at your fingertips. United communities are designed to physically bring people together. Connected by an indoor walkway, our independent living residents have access to amenities that were built with well-being, comfort and safety in mind.”

 

Gordon and Jean were attracted by United’s unique Life Lease program that offers affordability and financial peace of mind. “I’ve done a lot of research into life leases, and United’s had a number of advantages that appealed to us,” said Gordon. “Everything is covered in the monthly fee, and the fee was priced right. When we compared it to what we would pay in a house or condo, the costs were about the same. Plus we have access to all the activities, music programs and the art studio. We were attracted to it right from the beginning.”

The Fish Creek community is a place where residents can grow and thrive. “Thinking about the future, our Fish Creek West residents have access to specialized health care and cognitive support as part of our community should the time come. Planting your roots with United, you may never have to move again,” said Adrienne.

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