Open Houses a Great Way to Learn About United

“The first half of our life is about being interesting. The second half is about being interested.” – Chip Conley, author of Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder.

Residents enjoying a meal in the Garrison Green dining room
Residents enjoying a meal in the Garrison Green dining room

“A very beautiful place.”

“What a stunning courtyard!”

“This is what I’ve been waiting for!”

Those are just a sampling of comments from visitors to one of United’s open houses earlier this year. This Saturday, we’re opening our doors to the public once again to show you a new vision of what aging well can mean. United’s approach to active aging is based on what is called a social model. While medical care is available, the emphasis is on encouraging socialization and creativity to keep the mind and body strong.

While the common expectation is that older adults will “age in place” – often in the home a person has lived in for many years – but that home may no longer be the best option. Instead, the focus should be on “aging in community” where there is more support to ensure that a person ages well.

Diane Osberg in her spacious suite at Fish Creek
Diane Osberg in her spacious suite at Fish Creek

“The first impression a person gets when they walk in the door is that this is a warm, inviting place to be,” said Fish Creek resident Diane Osberg, who moved into the community after attending an open house last April. She was so impressed, she held an open house of her own for her friends. “What attracted me was the vast number of exceptional lifelong learning opportunities at United –  art programs, fitness classes, musical performances and visits to art and music programs outside the community.”  Diane said that what is also very appealing is the flexibility in dining. “You can eat any time you want, sit where you want, and your food allowance gives you flexibility to use it at your convenience.”

Diane was also very complimentary about the attentive service at meal times, and when her suite required simple maintenance. “They treat you like you are in your own home and are very quick to respond to little things when they need servicing.”

Mark DeJong
Mark DeJong

Diane sees open houses as a great way to see a community without needing to make an appointment. “There is no pressure. You’re there just to look around, and if you like what you see, you can make an appointment. It’s an easy, relaxed way to see what a community has to offer.”

Aaron Young
Aaron Young

Mark DeJong and Mark Limacher will perform jazz favourites at United’s Fish Creek community in the afternoon during the open house, and Denis Dufresne and Aaron Young will perform popular fiddle and guitar favourites in the afternoon at Garrison Green.

United’s open houses are at its Fish Creek and Garrison Green communities this Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Win a week’s stay at either Garrison Green or Fish Creek by entering our draw at the open house.



Fish Creek is at 51 Providence Boulevard SE, near St. Mary’s University

Garrison Green is at 3028 Don Ethell Boulevard SW, near Mount Royal University

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To learn more about life at United’s Fish Creek community, watch this short video.

Or, to find out more about life at United’s Garrison Green, watch this short video.

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