Thinking About Retirement? Take A Look At United’s Garrison Green

Living at Garrison Green is like two steps below heaven. It really is!

Trudy Martin, Garrison Green resident

If you’ve been thinking about retirement and what that lifestyle might look like, consider a move to United’s Garrison Green. There are opportunities to try new things, be adventurous, maybe start a small business. 

Because of the post-war baby boom, what we are seeing is an unprecedented change in society where older adults will be the majority and an important active link between generations.

The traditional idea of what retirement should look like no longer matches real life. When retirement can last another 35 years, what should those later years look like, and how can you live your life to the fullest?

Meals at Garrison Green

Meals are an important part of the day. That’s why Garrison Green’s chefs are proud of their creations

United Active Living’s philosophy embraces this new approach to aging, incorporating lifelong learning opportunities into daily resident activities, and supporting residents’ interests in the arts, music, dance and fitness.

Getting older at United means having the opportunity to stay active, learn new things and ensure your later years are fun, enjoyable and meaningful.

Frank and Marina Vettergreen moved to Garrison Green from St. Albert last November.

Green Garrison Residents: Marina and Frank Vettergreen

Marina and Frank Vettergreen

Our daughter in Calgary had done research into the various retirement communities, and urged us to move into United’s Garrison Green.

We had seen the suites. They were roomy and comfortable, and we liked the idea of having all of our meals handled for us. We like the fact that there are no set meals times and we can sit with whom we want, so there’s a great opportunity to make new friends.

- Marina Vettergreen, Garrison Green Resident

Now that COVID restrictions are being lifted, Marina and Frank are looking forward to the variety of programming that United is famous for.

Trudy Martin has lived at Garrison Green for five years.

 My husband Mel was developing dementia and we couldn’t handle the house and yard any more. We put the house up for sale and moved into Garrison Green.

The community is in the part of Calgary that we lived in, so we were familiar with the area. Plus we knew several people who had moved here and gave it high marks. Everything is provided for us. It was an easy move for us.

-  Trudy Martin, Garrison Green Resident

Trudy Martin, Garrison Green Resident

Garrison Green resident Trudy Martin is very active in the community’s fibre arts club

United Active Living is everything the name implies. The difference is that the residents and the employees are both transformed by the philosophy of developing the whole person. Everyone is given the opportunity to grow and to get enjoyment out of life at United.

I’m so impressed with the friendliness of the employees. They know our names and they make sure that the residents who are living with dementia are included in all of the programs.

-  Marina Vettergreen, Garrison Green Resident

I have to give the United Minds program a gold star. They make sure that residents with dementia are included in the meals and the programming. It’s an excellent program.

-  Trudy Martin, Garrison Green Resident

If you’ve been thinking about life after retirement, living at United’s Garrison Green community offers a positive solution with a wealth of programs and activities, community support with assisted living and memory care options should you need them.

To know more about our programs, speak with an Active Living Advisor at either Fish Creek or Garrison Green to better understand the benefits of living in a United community.

Wondering if a Retirement Living Community like United Active Living is right for you or a loved one?

  • United's residences are perfect for you if you love being creative, enjoy lifelong learning, and experiencing new things.
  • United's residences are perfect for you if you do not want to be defined by your medical conditions, but rather want to live life on your terms - focused on your strengths, abilities and interests.

Here is what our residents say about living at one of United Active Living's residences:

Trudy Martin

...two steps below heaven.

Living at Garrison Green is like two steps below heaven. It really really is. Everything is provided.

- Trudy Martin | Resident

Sharyn Krause

We never separate couples based on their medical needs.

"We are completely satisfied that United Active Living will be providing for us as a couple. We can be independent if we like to. And we can have assistance if we like to. But we can go through it together."

- Sharyn & Landis Krause | Residents

Diane Osberg

...the level of lifelong learning experience

"When I saw the level of lifelong learning experience that United offered, it only took me a week to decide that this was a place I wanted to live."

- Diane Osberg | Resident

Give us a call or visit our information pages below to learn more!

United Active Living's Garrison Green

3028 Don Ethell Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3E 0C9

United Active Living's Fish Creek

51 Providence Boulevard SE
Calgary, AB T2X 0X2

"I’m thankful that I’m here"

I’m thankful that I’m here. If I was in my own home, I wouldn’t be going anywhere. I would be quite concerned being on my own, but I don’t feel that here.

"applauded for going above and beyond"

The employees are to be applauded for going above and beyond to help to keep a positive environment. Today, there are more programs opening up, more exercise classes and more programs in the theatre.


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