Is there, in fact, a cure for the summertime blues?
Long days and warm weather are here, along with the chance to get out and explore all Calgary has to offer. And there is a lot: The Calgary Stampede, the Zoo, the vast network of paths, galleries, neighbourhood street parties, golf courses, and summer festivals are all gearing up in anticipation of the winter-weary crowds eager to lap up every ounce of daylight and summer fun.
Despite our best efforts to make the most of the season, it’s a safe bet that you’re going to hear these two words at least once: “I’m bored.”
If those words strike fear into your heart, and the sheer thought of another lap around the mall sets your teeth on edge, United Active Living has a solution for you:
Come spend the day with us at United!
That’s right, the doors of United are open, and we LOVE visitors! Guests of residents are welcome to participate in programming and make use of the amenities at United communities.
Take part in a creative workshop, play a round of bocce in the courtyard, or challenge your knowledge during a boisterous round of trivia. Stop by and check out one of the engaging speakers, or get your toes tapping to one of the many entertainers who drop in regularly to share their talents.
There’s way more going on than jigsaw puzzles and a bridge club (though United has both — be warned: the bridge club shows no mercy).
A place where generations connect
It might feel like a simple, low effort way to pass time on an afternoon, but the benefits of intergenerational relationships are well documented. When people of all ages find ways to transcend generational barriers through connection, they combat isolation, build confidence, and discover a sense of purpose in themselves and social value for everyone involved.
Taking the time to learn a new skill together, teach a painting technique, share a family recipe, or even take part in Friday afternoon karaoke brings people together while they share a memorable experience: learning something, laughing together, and maybe even sitting down for a great meal. If United’s programming isn’t your thing, feel free to come up with something on your own. Why not try something new together? — Here’s a list to get you started.
Olive and her grandson
It’s not unusual to stop by United’s Art Studio and encounter a resident humming away, tending to the latest masterpiece-in-progress. Now that Olive’s grandson is finished school for the year, he comes to the Art Studio to paint alongside his grandma. “The studio is amazing — my grandma and I love to hang out and visit while we paint. It’s an awesome way to relax and spend time together.”
The United Singers spring concert spectacular
Just down from the art studio, it’s standing room only in the theatre as the United Singers take the stage. The choir belts out classic tunes while residents, family members, and friends in the audience boisterously clap and sing along — faces are awash with smiles, and the applause is thunderous. As everyone mingles at the post-concert reception, you can hear everyone’s excitement and appreciation, as the reviews pour in: “My face hurts from smiling so much!” “You all worked so hard, what a great show!” “We can’t wait for the next one!”
But there’s no need to wait for to the next choir performance to spend time in United’s communities, because there’s something to see and do here every day of the week. And participating in daily programming offers an abundance of social connection and little time for boredom.
“Residents here are always up for a good time, and they love to share their hobbies and interests with their loved ones anI d neighbours,” says Prarthna Gogoi, Senior Active Living Advisor. “If you’re having trouble connecting over conversation, joining your loved one in an activity can break the ice and bring you together over a common experience.”
Who’s got time to be bored?
Over the summer, United has a full roster of activities and programming join the residents for music appreciation, take in a Journeys Through Art talk, or take part in any of United’s creative workshops. Check out our community calendars for Fish Creek and Garrison Green to make the most out of your visit.
I’d love to stop by, but I don’t know anyone at United
No problem! If you’re a part of a community group, and are looking for a space, or you’re just plain curious, reach out by phone (587-602-9891) or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and it would be our pleasure to make arrangements to host you and your group.
As a locally owned and operated company, United is proud to be actively involved in community building around Calgary, and residents are eager for opportunities to connect with the broader community. From theatre and meeting rooms to private dining, outdoor seating areas, and studio space, we have a variety of dynamic spaces — and we love to share!
United in fun!
Chances are, no matter your interests, there’s something for you at United Active Living. We encourage you to spend time with your loved ones while enjoying the spaces, programming, and amenities on offer. We’re here to help you make memories — your experience as a guest of our residents is a big part of the United Difference!
Speak with one of our active living advisors about life in a United community. They can arrange tours of our Garrison Green and Fish Creek communities. If 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 future visit. We are happy to help!