May 26

The Language of Aging and Dementia

“Words are things. They get on the walls, and your clothes, and finally in to you.” – Maya Angelou,  American poet If we are fortunate enough, we will all reach old age some day. Because of medical advances we are living longer than ever before and yet for many, growing… View Article
May 19

Music Care: an Innovative Way to Boost Well-Being

“Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient.” – Yehudi Menuhin, violinist and conductor Peter Exner of Calgary, musician and music care provider, knows the importance of music to excite, to heal, and to bring people together. He performs… View Article
May 12

Mount Royal University Partnership Extends the Meaning of Community

“Old age is always 15 years older than I am.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes United Active Living’s communities are microcosms of the larger community, which offer access to new learning opportunities, art, fitness and other endeavours. While the communities at Garrison Green and Fish Creek offer a variety of living… View Article
May 5

Telling the Stories of a Lifetime

The Writers in Residence program, launched last semester as a partnership between United Active Living and Mount Royal University’s (MRU) English department, is an opportunity for English students to collaborate with residents to write the life stories of some of the older adults living at United’s Garrison Green community. The… View Article
Apr 28

Bears Find New Home in Fish Creek Community 

Bears aren’t typically found in Fish Creek, but a mother bear and her cub are welcome additions to United Active Living’s Fish Creek community. The bear and cub sculpture is a 3,500 lb. granite work of art by sculptor Stewart Steinhauer that was placed by crane into the community’s new courtyard,… View Article
Apr 21

Finding Nutritional Balance

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain Twain had a way with words, and while we chuckle, we have to wonder if he would have thought this if he… View Article
Apr 14

The View from Behind the Mask

“The workshop was about the inner and outer expression – the things we want to hide on the inside. It asks the who, the why, the what. I discovered I am seeking all the time to discover the joy of life.” – Wendy Martin Garrison Green resident Wendy Martin was… View Article
Apr 7

Designing From The Ground Up

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs When older adults decide to move from the family home into a seniors community, they don’t want to live in a space that looks like a hospital or a nursing home…. View Article
Mar 31

Exercise Is a Leading Cause of Health

“According to the World Health Organization the greatest health risk for older adults is living an inactive life. Physical activity can prevent the onset of impairments that lead to an increased risk for falls.” – Finding Balance Canada It could be said that exercise is one of the leading causes… View Article
Mar 24

Healthy Activities for Healthy Aging

Author Betty Friedan once said in her book The Fountain of Age, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” That view is evident in the programs and activities that United Active Living offers residents. Our philosophy promotes healthy and active aging. And that means… View Article