Aug 8

Why Community Is Important As We Age

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb As we get older and choose to move from the family home, there can be apprehension about a change in lifestyle, the loss of familiarity, the loss of autonomy. While such… View Article
Aug 5

United’s Life Lease: Why It Makes Financial Sense

A life lease is a common financial tool that helps older adults use the equity in their homes to finance their move into an older adult community. Often, older adults have acquired substantial home equity, which raises the question about how to utilize the capital once the person sells. A… View Article
Jul 28

A Healthy Alternative: Ensuring Those With Dementia are Included

“The environment, especially the built environment, can have a significant effect on a person with dementia. It can support them or hasten their deterioration.” – Mike O’Sullivan, Neuroscience Researcher, King’s College, London By Nicole Moore, learning and development coordinator Various researchers have noted the importance of the built environment as… View Article
Jul 21

The New Normal – Thriving Beyond 90

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” –  Maya Angelou, American poet Much was made of it last year when Statistics Canada released a report that noted that for the first… View Article
Jul 14

Welcome Team Eases the Transition to United Communities

This is part 2 of a series on making the transition to a United community. You can read part 1 here. We want to ensure a resident move-in is as easy and as comfortable as possible. That is why our Welcome Program is designed to make the transition a positive… View Article
Jul 7

Moving into an Older Adult Community? 6 Things to Keep in Mind

When is the best time to move into an older adult community? How do I make the transition worry free? Nicole Moore is United’s learning and development coordinator who supports staff working with residents who are transitioning from their home to our community. In this article, she discusses the obstacles… View Article
Jun 30

New Artwork Invites Visitors to Participate

When it comes to works of art, it’s usually all about “look but don’t touch”. But two new art pieces now making their home at United Active Living’s new Fish Creek community are a hands-on experience. A sculpted silver-coloured sphere – part of artist Tony Bloom’s Landbuoys collection – now… View Article
Jun 23

Fish Creek Open House – A New Approach to Active Aging

“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 the open house at United Active Living’s Fish Creek community yesterday. We opened the doors to the public to show them a new vision of… View Article
Jun 16

Living An Active Lifestyle – Thriving and Growing as We Get Older

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Author Henry David Thoreau As the population ages, and is staying healthy longer into their later years, older adults are looking for lifestyles that support their interests. Health, community and creativity are the new expectations of those in their… View Article
Jun 9

United’s Life Lease – Creating Certainty in an Uncertain World

When an older adult is considering leaving the family home for an older adult community, a major factor is affordability. Can I afford the monthly costs? Will my savings run out in a few years, leaving me without a place to live? These are critically important questions, which we have… View Article