The United games brings play to the forefront
Living at one of United Active Living’s communities means living an active, interesting life. The annual United Games competition symbolizes the fun and friendship that forms the cornerstone of United’s programming.
“The games stress fun, movement, hand-eye coordination and generate a real sense of community,” said Tracy Roberts, one of two kinesiologists at Fish Creek. “The games are fabulous, and the residents are eager to test their skills, encourage each other to do their best, and most of all, have fun. Just because they are getting older, doesn’t mean they have to place limitations on themselves.”
The residents worked with United’s creative facilitators to make the props for the games. A paper plane competition encouraged the making of a variety of paper planes, which were then flown across the art studio for distance and accuracy.
An egg drop competition got everyone cheering and “egging on” the competitors. The goal was to drop a raw egg without breaking it. A lot of thought went into how to cushion the egg so it wouldn’t break when dropped from a six-foot height.
Min-golf and curling rounded out the morning’s events.
Audrey Evans moved into Fish Creek just six weeks ago. “I think the games are wonderful. They bring everyone together. Everyone has been so welcoming and the transition from my home has been an easy one. There’s really nothing like this community. It’s a 10 out of 10!”
“I think the games are terrific,” said Marilyn Lane, who moved to Fish Creek in May. “I came here because of all the programming. I’m trying everything – the excursions, sketching, pottery, the putting green and bocce ball court. I’m very independent and everyone here is so friendly.”
And Dorothy Miller, who moved to Fish Creek last November, agreed that the games are a wonderful way to get everyone together. “Everyone is so friendly. My husband and I are enjoying everything about the community. Some of our family came out today to enjoy the games. One of my favourite things to do is cook, so even though meals are provided, my full kitchen allows me to prepare our family’s favourites when they come to visit.”
“There is a strong feeling of community at United Active Living,” said Tracy. “You can hear it in the laughter and encouragement among the residents and employees.
“At the end of the day, we aren’t really looking for a winner. It is more important that the residents have a great day filled with laughter and fun memories.”
Photos by United Active Living, Sherana Productions.
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!