Partnerships Bring Variety to Spring Programs
“Age is no barrier to creativity”. – Gail Hinchliffe, president, United Active Living
One resident recently stated, “There are so many things to do here. It’s just awesome!” That sentiment perfectly sums up the variety of programs and activities available to residents at United Active Living communities. Music, drawing, painting, dance, pottery, sculpture – and those are just some of the ongoing programs. When you combine those with programs inspired by United’s community partners, the list is even more impressive.
“We embarked on the partnerships because many of our residents used to enjoy going to the Calgary Philharmonic or Calgary Opera, but as they got older, it became more difficult for them to go as often,” said Gail. “So we struck up partnerships with seven music and educational partners so that residents can once again attend concerts, and just as importantly, enjoy performances by our partners right at the Garrison Green and Fish Creek communities.”
Bringing performances into the communities gives residents and the performers an opportunity to engage in discussions that might not otherwise be possible. Performers get to know their audience, and residents get to mingle one-on-one with some of the most talented performers in Calgary.
“This kind of interaction is quite unique in an older adult community,” said Gail. But then United isn’t your average older adult community. With a focus on the arts, creativity and socialization with others to keep the mind active, United’s extensive list of programs and activities ensures there is ample opportunity for ongoing learning and creative expression.
“At United, being creative isn’t a hobby. It’s a way of life,” said Gail. “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.”
When you move into a United community you will find fully stocked art studios 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.
Connecting with others and making new friends is a cornerstone of United’s 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 has compiled a comprehensive list of upcoming specialty programs and ongoing programs at both communities so that residents and their families can see what’s available and make plans to participate.
Both lists are available as printable PDFs at these links:
The list is constantly evolving, so check with the monthly calendars that are sent out to each resident for any additions and changes.
“While the partnerships provide us with a number of one-of-a-kind opportunities, it’s often the residents who suggest programs or activities they would like us to put together,” said Gail. “That’s why the list of programs is so varied. It’s as varied as the people who live here. And that’s a definite benefit of living in a United community. It’s what makes living here exciting and fun. There’s always something new and the programs are changing and evolving all the time based on what the residents want.”
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!
United is changing the conversation around aging. From our innovative United Minds (memory care) program to professionally staffed art studios and extensive creative programming, our communities offer more than you might expect. If you have questions or topics you would like us to cover in future blogs, let us know.