The Arts Can Help Us Living Longer, Happier Lives

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You’ve probably heard the good news. With each generation, we’re living longer. But just how much longer—and why? Well, life expectancy has jumped from just 45 years of age in 1900 to 80 in 2007. And many predict babies born today will likely live to 100 or older.

So, you may be wondering: what is the cause for our good longevity news? Advances in medicine certainly have contributed to longer lives. But today, even physicians acknowledge that healing/curing is perhaps only 60% medical. You’ll probably be surprised to learn the arts may account for at least a portion of that remaining 40%.

The National Endowment for the Arts asserts that participation in arts activities offers major lifestyle and health benefits, including:

  • Increased social engagement
  • Improved overall health
  • Improved cognitive functioning
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased longevity

Perhaps it’s time to take up a new creative pastime that just may continue to add years to your life, such as making art, exploring photography, singing, writing or dancing.

Today’s senior living communities make it easy to explore the arts—with on-site amenities such as arts and crafts rooms and scheduled events that often includes arts opportunities for you or your aging loved one.

NorthPointe Woods Is the Art-Smart Choice. With an active arts culture and so many creative residents to inspire you, plus an all-new art room with top-notch instruction, you’ll be picking up a paintbrush or a camera in no time! (And you just might celebrate more birthdays.)

Northpointe Woods Welcomes Ron Monte as Executive Director

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Northpointe Woods is pleased to introduce Ron Monte as our new Executive Director.

Ron has been in the hospitality business his entire career. For the first 30 years, he held executive positions with a leading global hotel management company: Interstate Hotels and Resorts, managing new and distressed hotel properties in 10 states. Over the last five years, he has applied that experience and knowledge to executive positions in senior living.

Ron brings a true hospitality mindset and exceptional leadership skills to NorthPointe Woods. He looks forward to focusing on innovation—expanding and strengthening services, educating the workforce, and finding newer and better ways to do things—from memory care to day-to-day operations.

An area native, Ron was born, raised and educated in Southwest Michigan, earning a B.S. in hospitality management from Michigan State. He is community to community outreach and stewardship—getting involved and collaborating with the community to make Battle Creek an even greater place to live and work.

Please join us in welcoming Ron to the Northpointe Woods community!