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!

NorthPointe Woods Executive Chef in Food Fight

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NorthPointe Woods Executive Chef Places 6th in National Culinary Competition

It’s hard to imagine that a decadent breakfast concoction of caramelized pancakes, sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with fruit sauce, would cause a food fight, but for NorthPointe Woods senior living community’s Executive Chef Robert Potzinger, it did. The chef’s Bavarian recipe for Kaiserchmarn won him entry into Morrison Community Living’s 2017 Food Fight.

The residents and staff at NorthPointe Woods, located in Battle Creek, MI, weren’t surprised when Chef Potzinger’s culinary creation won the judges’ attention. Three times a day residents get the opportunity to savor the chef’s creative breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes in their restaurant-style dining room—where they’re more likely to clean their plates than ever consider tossing a single bite.

“We are so delighted to have Chef Robert,” says Melissa Ferguson, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach. “He has brought a new level of excellence in cuisine to NorthPointe Woods.”

NorthPointe Woods welcomed Chef Potzinger to lead their culinary team in 2016. Trained in classic French cuisine at Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI, the executive chef also incorporates his love for Bavarian cuisine from his childhood into his menu selections.

Before joining NorthPointe Woods, Potzinger’s 20 years of professional culinary experience included positions with residential communities in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, MI. He also dedicated five years to the United States Air Force. But his real kitchen experience dates back to practically before Robert was old enough to remember, when he was at the stove with his grandmother, helping her prepare the beloved Austrian breakfast Kaiserchmarn recipe.

With thanks to his grandmother, Potzinger’s recipe earned him entrance, along with 88 chefs across the nation, into Morrison Community Living’s 4th Annual Food Fight.

In April, the executive chef traveled to Chicago, IL, for the regional culinary competition, where he competed against 10 area chefs. His Rhubarb Pear Tart—a NothPointe Woods resident favorite—won him the opportunity to compete in the two-round semi-finals in Buffalo, NY.

Then, in early May, NorthPointe Woods’ residents and staff watched a live video feed from the first round of the New York semi-finals competition and cheered Chef Potzinger on. His preparation of a decadent Raspberry Kahlua Napoleon advanced the chef to the second round, where unfortunately he was eliminated by a narrow margin—just missing entry into the finals.

Morrison’s Food Fight 2017 finals competition was scheduled for June 8 at noon, when five chef finalists were scheduled to battle it out—and local Chef Potzinger nearly made it. When asked if he was disappointed he wouldn’t be there, he replied, “It was just awesome competing against great chefs across the country!”

The staff and residents of NorthPointe Woods also thought it was “mighty awesome” that their executive chef finished sixth out of 89 chefs. After all, he nearly won the food fight!