“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.”
United 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:
“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.”
Do you know a friend or family member who could benefit from living in a United community? Send them a link to our website or blog, or arrange a tour. We are happy to help!