Programming Adds Richness to Life at United Communities
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein
“Age is no barrier to creativity,” said Gail Hinchliffe, president, United Active Living. “We just need the right atmosphere and opportunity to express ourselves. United Active Living’s philosophy is to encourage residents to do that through the arts: singing, music, drawing, painting, dance, pottery and sculpture.”
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 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.”
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 expressing ourselves through the arts can have health benefits we are just starting to understand.
Connecting with others and making new friends is 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 has recently 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 online at these links:
“When you see everything written down in one location, you realize just how extensive the programs and activities are,” said Gail. “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.”
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