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Pre-eminent Calgary theatre director, actor and writer, Joyce Doolittle, has been awarded the Order of Canada for “contributing to the advancement of theatre in Calgary through her pioneering efforts as a performer, teacher and leader.”

Joyce, who turns 90 this spring, came to Calgary with her husband Quenten in the 1960s. “At the time, there were amateur theatre groups but no professional theatre companies,” said Joyce. “So instead of working in theatre, I went to work at the University of Calgary teaching drama while Quenten worked there in the music department.”

Joyce Doolittle displays a photo of her performing in Death of a Salesman

Joyce Doolittle displays a photo of her performing in Death of a Salesman

Joyce was never content to produce or direct plays that had been done so often before. Rather, she looked for plays that were new, but that would attract an audience. “I always found Western Canada to be open to new ideas, so creating plays that showcased the talent of young actors yet also proved to be popular with audiences was my criteria when it came to deciding which plays to develop.”

Providing opportunities for young actors was a lifelong passion for Joyce. In the 1960s, she served as Canada’s representative on Assitej, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, which continues to operate in Canada and Europe.

Joyce in front of the theatre named for her

Joyce in front of the theatre named for her

In 1971, Joyce recognized a need to provide affordable space for new drama companies and for children’s theatre. She set her sights on an abandoned water pumping station on Calgary’s west side, which in 1972 became Pumphouse Theatre. Ten years later the small pump room was renamed the Joyce Doolittle Theatre. Last year, Pumphouse honoured her and Quenten at an event that also showcased their artwork – another expression of their artistic interest.

“I have always felt that theatre for children shouldn’t speak down to them. Children’s theatre should be aimed at the whole family and convey ideas that everyone can find useful regardless of age. I spent 20 years of my life improving conditions for young actors and ensuring that the quality of production is every bit as good as production for adults.” In this video clip, Joyce talks about her passion for children’s theatre.

Joyce and Quenten live at United Active Living’s Garrison Green community, which is a strong supporter of the arts in Calgary. She believes it’s this lifelong passion for young actors and theatre in Calgary that brought her to the Governor General’s attention as an Order of Canada recipient.

Joyce in Eugene Stickland's play Queen Lear

Joyce in Eugene Stickland’s play Queen Lear

“I like to think that I helped make a difference in the artistic climate in Calgary,” she laughs. “I’ve been a cheerleader for good theatre all of my life. I wanted to create a climate for new old stuff and good new stuff, and I’m very honoured to be recognized for those achievements!”

While she has earned a little down time, Joyce continues to work with young actors in Calgary. She will be lending her expertise to students of Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary through a partnership between United Active Living and the Alberta Music Education Foundation. The project is an inter-generational storytelling project combining music and drama.

“I’ve been very blessed to be able to work and create in an artistic area that I have loved my whole life,” said Joyce. “I am honoured to receive the Order of Canada. It is very special because of the recipients who have won it before. I’m in good company!”

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As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday, there are many residents who remember the 100th celebration in 1967. That was the year that Canada showed off to an international audience with Expo 67 in Montreal.

Bandleader Bobby Gimby’s big hit Ca-na-da made all the charts across Canada. It was an infectious tune that every student learned to sing at school assemblies.  The big chart topper in Canada that year was The Letter, by the Boxtops.

Calgary had a population of 335,000. Jerry Williams was the coach of the Calgary Stampeders, who played at McMahon Stadium, as they do today. Calgary’s professional hockey team, also named the Calgary Stampeders, played in the Corral.

The Husky Tower – known today as the Calgary Tower – began construction that year to mark Canada’s centennial. It open in 1968. It was well over twice the height of Calgary’s tallest structure, Elveden House.

Jack Leslie was the mayor of Calgary. Ernest Manning was the premier of Alberta and Lester Pearson was prime minister.

The movie In the Heat of the Night won the Oscar for best picture.

In 1967, Garrison Green resident Mary Fenwick was working as an occupational health nurse at Foothills Hospital. She recalls how loyal companies and their employees were in the 60s. “My husband Fred worked for the same company for 40 years. He retired in 1989 and to this day, I’m invited to all of the company’s social gatherings, which would rarely if ever happen today!”

Garrison Green resident Madge McAdam

Garrison Green resident Madge McAdam

“I was a nurse at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary in 1967,” recalls Garrison Green resident Madge McAdam. “I would have been 50 at the time. Before that I worked at the old [Baker Centre] TB Sanitorium across from Bowness Park. That was before antibiotics for the disease.” The centre was torn down in 1989. Madge was born in England but moved to Canada with her family when she was two years old.

Resident Jim Dolph

Resident Jim Dolph

Resident Jim Dolph remembers clearly what he was doing that summer. “My wife and I and our three children moved from Edmonton to Calgary. I was transferred by my employer, Gulf Canada,” said Jim.

Another resident who remembers clearly where she was that summer is Joyce Doolittle. Her and her husband Quenten have been life-long supporters of the arts. “I remember we took our children across Canada by train, from Calgary to Montreal where we spent four days at Expo 67,” recalls Joyce. “Then we took a ship to England where we spent a year. I was in my 40s and had never been to Europe. We also travelled to Germany, Russia and Holland. It was a life-changing experience.”

Where would you prefer to live? “Oh, Canada! England is too crowded. I love the open country and the mountains here,” said Madge.

“We’ve lived here 50 years.  This is our home and we’re very happy here,” said Joyce.

“We should all be proud to live in Canada,” said Jim. “We are free, prosperous and we have a good environment. Enjoy being Canadian!”

“Everywhere I go in Canada, I feel like we’re one big family,” said Mary. “Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. And the opportunities in Canada are endless.”

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“Elders are influencing us, as individual professionals and organizations.” – Kivnick & Wells, 2013 The Gerontologist

By Nicole Moore, learning & development coordinator

Growing up I remember looking forward to becoming a senior. Judging by the incredible example my grandparents led, becoming an older adult meant I could share my love with my family by cooking elaborate meals, teach them how to garden and inspire them to reach their fullest potential in life. During one such family meal, my grandmother encouraged me to begin volunteering with older adults at a local senior centre. It was that experience that solidified my admiration for the strength and resilience of older adults and led to the pursuit of a graduate degree and career in gerontology.

In my role as learning & development coordinator at United Active Living, I am responsible for staff education and training. This position has been an excellent fit for me because I am passionate about sharing my perspective on aging and have been fortunate enough to find an organization that shares my views of older adults and their potential. United views their residents as talented and vibrant individuals, each with something valuable to share with the community.

By aging consciously, we define the meaning of our later years

My goal as an educator at United is to promote an understanding and appreciation of this unique stage of life and above all else, to help all staff members learn how to value our residents as individuals while providing services and programs in a manner that respects their need for meaning and purpose.

United values ongoing education

United recognizes that education is important. Opportunities for continuing education in seniors living communities have been shown through research to enhance staff competency, job satisfaction and person-centred attitudes towards older adults. All of these factors benefit not only the working conditions and culture of the company but also the residents’ quality of life and the quality of care and services we provide.

Art piece created by staff on memory, identity and selfhood.

Art piece created by staff on memory, identity and selfhood

One of the staff notes on how identity changes with dementia

One of the staff notes on how identity changes with dementia

In any given week staff are able to attend in-services on emergency procedures with topics such as confidentiality and back care as well as a whole host of aging-related topics, from understanding the stress of
moving into a new community to how to combat ageism. I consult the latest research each month and tailor our in-house education to suit the learning styles of our staff and objectives of our organization. These in-services are an opportunity for all staff to share their experiences and learn how to better support the residents we have the pleasure of working with each day.

We truly are a holistic team

The United staff are a diverse group of passionate people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Our holistic team approach means that our housekeepers have the same high level of training as our maintenance staff, our receptionists and our nurses. United recognizes that staff in all positions within the organization have a part to play in the health of the community and the quality of life of our residents.

The United approach is unique

Staff training exercise

United has also developed a unique nine-part dementia education series that is mandatory for all staff to attend. Each module covers an important topic that enhances staff’s understanding of the disease and their ability to communicate with residents living with dementia to help them achieve the best quality of life.

To give you a better idea of what this looks like for our staff I’ll describe a module called “Take a Walk in Their Shoes”. This module takes an experiential approach and involves a series of simulation activities that mimic what it is like for someone with dementia to feel confused, frustrated and isolated.

At one station, one person will listen to a CD with overlapping sounds and try to describe what they are hearing using a limited word list. This activity simulates the frustration encountered when a person with dementia has limited ability to verbalize.

Staff members have shared with me that this type of hands-on experience offers them a perspective that they had not considered before and helps them to be more compassionate and empathetic in their daily roles.

Our residents have a lot to teach us

Because our organization functions based on a social model rather than a medical model of care, staff are encouraged to develop deep and meaningful relationships with residents. These relationships often result in reciprocal learning. Our residents provide us with a template of how we would like to age.

Ashton Applewhite, an anti-ageism activist, suggests we are all older adults in training.

During staff discussions at my in-services, I quite often hear that working with our residents and seeing what they are capable of has expanded their visions of the potential of later life. I plan to enter my later years excited for the worthwhile journey ahead and through my role in staff education at United, hope to help others recognize the distinctive beauty of this stage of life.

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Wendy Martin with creative coordinator Sage Wheeler in the Garrison Green art studio

Wendy Martin with creative facilitator Sage Wheeler in the Garrison Green art studio

“I like to do things. I’m a searcher. When I came here I could hear the laughter. This place is alive.” – Garrison Green resident Wendy Martin.

Wendy made the move to United’s Garrison Green community in 2015 after living in Phoenix, Arizona since 1988. Her husband passed away in 2012 leaving her alone in her home and realizing that she would need her family close by as she got older.

“It’s true. Home is where the heart is. And while I had many friends in Phoenix, I didn’t have my family. I came to Calgary to be with two of my children. I have a daughter in England.”

Wendy and her husband moved a lot over the years. She was born in Harrow on the Hill in England, where Winston Churchill went to school. They moved first to Montreal from Solihull in Warwickshire, England in 1957, then to Toronto, New York, Denver, Chicago, White Rock B.C. and finally to Phoenix where they retired.

“Wherever my husband’s job took him, that became our home. If you’re willing to accept a new place, that’s where home is,” said Wendy.

Why did she choose a United Active Living community?

“My daughter-in-law had heard of United and suggested we take a look. I knew this was the right place for me right away. It really is ‘active living’,” she said.

Wendy’s passion is quilting. Since coming to Garrison Green she has created four quilts, has joined the Fibre Arts group and is sharing her expertise with other residents.

“If you have a talent, you should share it.”

Wendy Martin with conductor Rolf Bertsch

Wendy with conductor Rolf Bertsch

Wendy Martin cat-themed quilt

Wendy with her current project, a cat-themed quilt

She is working on a cat-themed quilt and has a few others on the go. “I call them my UFOs. Unfinished Objects”. Recently she created a quilt based on a musical piece by Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, which was played over a four-week period at Garrison Green by Rolf Bertsch, the conductor of the Calgary Civic Symphony.

“I was so moved by the music. I could see in the music the theme I wanted to create in the quilt, but then I went to the art studio and made a collage, and then I also wrote a poem about the music. I really like the fact that each person is encouraged to do their own thing here. The art studio is just bursting with ideas that you can use,” said Wendy.

Wendy Martin's Rolf Bertsch collage

Wendy’s collage

Wendy Martin quilt on display in the Fish Creek art gallery

Wendy with a quilt on display in the Fish Creek art gallery

Wendy has never been one to sit still for any length of time. She volunteered for many years in Girl Guides, and in palliative care. She is a people person and is drawn to United’s open seating philosophy during meals. “Here you don’t have to sit with the same people all the time. You can eat what you want, when you want and with whom you want. That gives me the opportunity to get to know more people and hear their stories.”

Wendy has also developed her writing with the help of English students from Mount Royal University. “That generation is so interested and curious about how we grew up. The war, the depression. I think we all discovered that there is no difference between us. Young or old, we all have curiosity and a need to express it.”

Wendy Martin writing a poem

Poetry has become another of Wendy’s interests

Wendy will turn 87 in a few days (Feb. 11). Does she feel like she is 87?

“I occasionally feel my age, but age isn’t something I think about. Here there are people who are more than 100 who are still doing a lot of things. I’m active. I exercise every day, and I’m excited about my quilting and now my art and writing. All of these help you feel younger. I’ve still got a lot things I want to do in my life, and I look forward to learning something new every day.”

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“I’m 94, but I don’t consider myself retired. I’ll only retire when I die.” – Ned Gilbert

Outspoken Garrison Green resident Ned Gilbert doesn’t see age as a reason to stop learning and staying active. At 94, he uses a walker but his health is excellent and his mind sharp.

Ned doesn’t see any reason to slow down.

“I suggested to a few of my friends here that they should write their life stories. And then I realized that I hadn’t done that myself, so  I wrote a book last year about my life in the oil industry,” said Ned.

 

That book, Ned Gilbert, Geologist, Landman, Oilsands Pioneer has become a must read for anyone in the industry who is interested in how one man with a vision overcame establishment resistance to start what would become an economic engine of the country. Ned donates proceeds from book sales to the Petroleum History Society.

Inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in 2011, he was described as “arguably…the man most important to the success of the Canadian oilsands industry.” The Glenbow Museum has an extensive collection of articles and interviews with Ned.

Ned reads voraciously and frequently comes up with new ideas to improve an industry he spent his life working in. Just recently he filed a patent for a double-walled pipeline that will contain oil spills should a leak occur. You can read more about his career, and his most recent patent, in the recent Oilweek magazine article here.

“You’ve got to keep the mind active. That’s the key. If you don’t you vegetate and don’t last long,” said Ned when asked about advice as we get older.

Ned and his wife Lyn moved to Garrison Green seven years ago after looking at several other communities. “What we really liked about Garrison Green was the freedom,” he said. “We can move from table to table in the dining room, and eat with whomever we want. So many other places sit you with the same people every day. Here, we meet some very interesting people and make new friends. As well, our suite is very large compared to others we had seen. Other places were too small.”

Ned has started painting, and one of his works was featured on the Garrison Green menu. “When I first went into the art studio they asked me if I would like to try my hand at replicating a Van Gogh painting, so that’s what I came up with. I have another of my paintings hanging in the hallway near our suite.

“I really like to paint. There are so many people here who are very talented. One man is over 100 and his paintings are excellent!” said Ned.

“I hear of so many people, when they turn 65, cancel their subscriptions and memberships. For me, I want to stay involved. There’s no reason not to,” said Ned.

What’s next for Ned? “We have a whole lot of photographs so I’ll be organizing those. And I’ll be going back into the art studio.”

And who knows? Maybe he is mulling another patent idea. At 94, why not?

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis, novelist and poet.

Older Canadians are now the fastest growing segment of our population with their numbers are expected to double over the next two decades so that by then, one in four Canadians will be older than 65. Are we prepared for this from a social perspective? Should we look at this demographic shift as a problem that needs to be solved or an opportunity to change the way we traditionally look at our older population? What will this older population expect from older adult communities, and can those expectations be met? How does United’s philosophy meet those expectations? Think about this:

  • Garrison Green residents enjoy a walk in the parkCanada has 36 million people. About 5 million are over 65.
  • As of last year, there were more people over 65, than under 15.
  • By 2050, 1 in 4 in this age group will be over 80.

“The commonly held conception in our society of what a so-called ‘seniors’ residence’ looks like needs to change,” said Gail Hinchliffe, president, United Active Living. “Many people who are considering a move to an older adult community balk at making a decision because of these outdated ideas. We need to change the conversation because today’s older adults are expecting and deserving more. They want high quality food, pleasant surroundings, stimulating programs and activities that contribute to a thriving, full life.”

United Active Living has two communities in Calgary, each offering completely independent living arrangements, plus assisted living and memory care support. Each community listens to residents, and provides rich and varied arts programs and activities based on their feedback. Activities are supported by community partnerships that not only cater to residents’ interests, but bring musicians, conductors, singers and educators into the communities to perform and discuss world events.

“Growing older shouldn’t be a period of decline, but should be a period of creativity and learning,” said Gail. “Creativity isn’t limited by age. Our residents are discovering hidden artistic talents that allow them to grow and thrive well into their 90’s and beyond. This is what older Canadians are expecting and what communities such as United can provide.”

As an expert in building and operating older adult communities, Gail is a frequent visitor to the NewsTalk 770 studios. You can listen to previous radio discussions on this and other topics by going to our blog’s audio archives here.

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“Older Canadians are now the fastest growing segment of our population with their numbers expected to double over the next two decades so that by then, one in four Canadians will be older than 65 years of age.” – National Seniors Strategy.

residents-on-park-path-op-smallWhat do we want life to look like in the next 20 years? Is the status quo acceptable, or should today’s baby boomers expect more in their 70’s and 80’s?

We’ve all heard the statistics, but we aren’t talking enough and planning enough to ensure high quality services and quality of life for older adults in the future. Here’s some perspective:

  • Today there are almost six million people over 65 in Canada.
  • Alberta has more than 500,000 in that age group.
  • Each day, more than 1,000 Canadians turn 65.
  • Last year, for the first time, there were more people over 65 than under 15.
  • If the projections remain accurate, the population over 65 and older will more than double to 11 million by 2050.
  • Those 80 years and older will increase from 1.4 million today to 4.2 million.

“As each of us moves into our 60’s and 70’s we need to have a discussion about our expectations. In fact, we need to change the conversation around our expectations when it comes to the quality of life we will expect, or even demand, over the next few decades,” said Gail Hinchliffe, president, United Active Living. “Gone are the days when an older adult considering a move to a community simply wants their medical needs looked after. While that’s obviously important, people aren’t one dimensional. They have goals, ambitions and interests that will keep them engaged and thriving no matter their age and physical health.”

Rolf Bertsch As you can imagine, the demographic shift is daunting, but it also presents opportunities that ensure our aging population will receive the kind of care and support that they expect and deserve. United’s revolutionary approach is a model for such forward thinking. United doesn’t follow a “one size fits all” approach to programming or lifestyle. They offer independent living, assisted living and memory care, all with complete access to innovative programming, meals and lifestyle choices that are tailored to each resident.

“United’s philosophy reflects this growing demand for more,” said Gail. “We support the whole person, so our communities and programming are developed around a social perspective rather than a medical one. Socialization is key. Friends and family are very important in developing programs. In fact, our programs are based on what the residents want, which creates a rich and varied list of programs and activities that promote the well-being and interests of our residents.”

FC courtyard 2 small OPCanada’s National Seniors Strategy and the World Health Organization recognize that a paradigm shift is needed. The strategies include goals to address ageism and isolation, and create age-friendly living environments – goals that United incorporated into its two communities and its programming from the beginning, and confirm that United’s pioneering approach is on the right track.

“I think none of us wants to think of aging as being a period of decline and isolation, and really it shouldn’t be,” said Gail. “The only reason that it is in many cases is because we put people in a situation where they don’t get what they need to grow and learn. To that end, United’s philosophy marks a shift away from the status quo to support older adults in living a healthy, active, exciting life.”

A vibrant lifestyle is one aspect of an active, exciting community. Affordability is another.  Will I outlive my money? Can I afford a lifestyle that supports a healthy, active future? A life lease is one method that older adults can use to afford their lifestyles. United has taken the life lease concept and expanded it to relieve the typical money concerns. As Gail notes in a recent blog post about life lease, “Life lease is all about peace of mind. No one wants to spend their later years wondering if they will outlive their money. With our life lease, that worry is gone. Plus, there should never be a concern that you can’t pay for extra health care even though you have thousands put away as your entrance fee. In our life lease, that money is available to you to help you cover those extra costs. Again, it’s all about peace of mind.”

fcw-suite-wide-crop2As Gail notes, the conversation about what our future years should look like should depart from the traditional interpretation of what growing older means. “We need to change the conversation about aging,” advises Gail. “If you or a family member is older, now is the right time to think about the kind of life you would like to live, and how to achieve that. United takes a unique perspective, one that is gaining recognition within the industry as a preferred alternative to traditional housing and social programming. I encourage you to call us, have a tour through one of our communities. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you will see.”

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“Culture change will always be at the heart of high quality care for people living with dementia.” – Dr. Al Power, geriatrician and author.

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Gail, right, and radio host Betty Jo Kaiser

Dr. Power and others, including United Active Living, are spearheading a culture shift in how we support people with dementia and other cognitive impairments. President Gail Hinchliffe was on the radio recently to speak about United’s revolutionary approach. Is “this is the way we’ve always done it” good enough? Is there a better way that gives people with dementia a better quality of life? United’s philosophy is completely different. It ensures that people with dementia are treated with respect, and are included in every activity and program. There are no locked wings. Rather, United uses technology to ensure residents are free to move around while remaining safe. Gail speaks more about this in the radio discussion, which we will post here when it becomes available.

abstract-painting“People with dementia see the world differently than we do, so we train our staff to see things from the resident’s point of view, which means developing the  detective skills necessary to pick up on small changes in a person’s language or habits.  We develop a one-on-one rapport with residents to ensure they are included in everything we do and that their views are heard,” said Gail. “One way to help residents express themselves is through art. We find that people with dementia remain very creative. They tend to communicate their thoughts through art. Our professional artists work with all residents in our two communities to introduce them to new forms of art and creative expression.”

Listen to previous radio programs at this link or check out this blog article on resources that can help you make the right choices for your family. The programs are sorted by topic. For example, when should you consider moving to an older adult community? and United’s exploration of the arts to help keep the brain and mind sharp. There’s a lot of information there, as well as links to videos and our YouTube channel and to website pages where United’s philosophy is described in depth. Plus, check out our other blog articles to learn more about the benefits of being a resident at a United Active Living community.

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

Decisions, decisions, decisions. It seems like it’s a never ending push and pull. When you reach your later years, the questions are different than in your younger years, but they still require the same serious consideration. For instance, you’ve lived in the same home for 50 years and you’re tired of shovelling snow and cutting the grass. Is there a better way?

fcw-suite-wide-crop2United Active Living has a wide range of expertise in independent living, assisted living and memory care. Should you have questions about the right time to move, or the best community to live if you need a little assistance, United has many of the answers you are looking for.

We’ve compiled a great deal of information on our website, in the blog, and in our audio and video libraries to help you make the right choices and take the worry and stress out of making decisions.

Is an independent community right for me? What are the benefits should I choose to sell my home? What if I need assistance one day? Will I be separated from my wife/husband should one of us become ill? I have been diagnosed with dementia. Do I still have choices in how I live my life?

All great questions, and United can help you find the answers that work for you.

This blog is a great place to start. Scan through the topics. There are links within the blogs to web pages, videos and audio files to help answer your questions.

United is in the forefront in developing older living communities that work for you. We go on the radio once a month to talk about a wide variety of topics that you care about. The audio files are in this library.

If you prefer to watch videos, our extensive collection of video programs on YouTube is an excellent resource to browse through. You can find our YouTube channel here.

We’ve just completed two new videos that express our love for artistic works, creativity and fun! Click on both of them below.

And we’ve just completed a new commercial that gives you a terrific look at what independent living can be like at our Fish Creek West community.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call, or click on the contact link below if you would like to pop by and see for yourself why United Active Living’s unique approach to aging may be just what you’ve been looking for. As the commercial asks,  why wait?

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A life lease is a common financial tool that helps older adults use the equity in their homes to finance their move into an older adult community. Often, older adults have acquired substantial home equity, which raises the question about how to utilize the capital once the person sells.

Dinner served at Garrison Green small OPA typical life lease has two components:

  • An up-front payment called an entrance fee, which gives you the right to use your suite for the rest of your life or until you decide to leave;
  • A monthly lifestyle fee that covers  services such as snow removal, lawn care, appliance repair, utilities and property taxes and gives you access to a multitude of activities and programs, and depending on your choice, a number of five-star meals.

Take a look at this video for more information about United’s life lease.

“Some of the proceeds from your home are invested in your new home as the entrance fee,” said Gail Hinchliffe, president. “And if you need extra care, you can draw on those proceeds to help cover those extra care costs. In fact, living with a life lease need not be any more expensive each month than what you would pay at any comparable older adult community. And the added benefits make the decision that much easier.”

Read all about United’s life lease here.

And read three examples here about how life lease can work for you. You’ll read about Mary, who is living on a $3,600 a month pension, or Frank and Dorothy, who have a combined pension of $6,500 a month or John and Eileen who have monthly income of $12,000.

“Life lease is all about peace of mind,” said Gail. “No one wants to spend their later years wondering if they will outlive their money. With our life lease, that worry is gone. Plus, there should never be a concern that you can’t pay for extra health care even though you have thousands put away as your entrance fee. In our life lease, that money is available to you to help you cover those extra costs. Again, it’s all about peace of mind.”

We would be happy to discuss how you can benefit from United’s unique life lease program. Contact us today.

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