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Rekindling Talents

Carolyn Frost
by CAROLYN FROST, Music Therapist
on February 22, 2013
categories: Art and culture, Healthy Aging

Walk through the Health Center and you may hear the drumming, the singing or the tone chimes ringing. It’s music therapy in action! Music therapy uses music in a therapeutic relationship to facilitate socialization, movement, reminiscence and creativity. Past skills may be rekindled and anxieties diminished using live music, usually music of preference.

Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. Music Therapists are credentialed professionals who have completed an approved music therapy program. They work in schools, hospitals, addiction treatment centers and in private practice. For more information visit the American Music Therapy Association.

String Instrument  Playing the drums
Playing the Piano

New Spaces, New Courses

Darius Eslami
by DARIUS ESLAMI, Digital Media & Brand Manager
on January 29, 2013
categories: Art and culture, Life Enrichment

Fitness Center

So many of our new amenities have come online and construction in all our spaces is nearly completed. Be sure to take a tour and see all of our new amenities including our new dining venueCentral Ave Bakery & Café, as well as WellSpring Landing, home to our Fitness Center and Creative Arts Center.

Our Winter/Spring 2013 catalog marks the first anniversary of True North Courses & Events as well as engagement created through Project True North with our residents, their families, neighbors, friends and members of the communities we serve. Take a look at our next two courses in our Music Series and Presidential Series.

  • Diegesis in American Musical Theater: 2/5/13
    The Boston Conservatory’s Chris Caggiano shares a unique musical theater perspective: diegetic music, referring to songs in which characters are performing songs, versus singing in character.
  • Lincoln in Words & Music: 2/12/13
    On Lincoln’s birthday, examine the final month of his term, paying particular attention to his rhetoric. Also, we’ll listen to Aaron Copland’s musical commission, the Lincoln Portrait, looking at its history and intriguing place in the Copland canon.

To see a full listing of our upcoming courses, please visit www.TrueNorthEvolution.org/Courses.

New Art Gallery is now open!

lukekramer
by LUKEKRAMER
on March 31, 2011
categories: Art and culture, Events and Milestones, Project True North

North Hill is delighted to announce the unveiling of its new art gallery.  Located just off the main lobby, adjacent to the library and newly renovated bistro space, the gallerey offers a permanent collection of paintings and sculpture, as well as rotating exhibit space.  The premier guest artist is local Photographer Andy Caufield whose brilliant work has garnered gasps of delight and praise from those who have paused to view it.  If you’d like to see Andy’s work yourself, please call 877-736-4371.

Epicurean afternoons

lukekramer
by LUKEKRAMER
on March 24, 2011
categories: Art and culture, Food and Dining, Picks and Pans, PurposeFULL Living

Delicious Italian wines, cheeses, and other savory pairings served in the company of good friends in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Skyway Cafe.

Sound good?

That’s what a few of the folks who live here at North Hill were treated to this afternoon.  Choreographed and served by resident Italian cuisine expert, Eric Moore, the event pictured above and described here was the first of a series that are designed to delight the people who live here in this fun new space.

Live North Hill.  Live Well.

Life is serious, but art is fun

lukekramer
by LUKEKRAMER
on February 17, 2011
categories: Art and culture, Project True North

The blog bumped into North Hill resident Irene Wright and Vice President of Business Development Rebecca Donato in our newly-unveiled art gallery this week.

These two women are part of a team that is selecting art for this great new space.  Part of the collection will be permanent, or as permanant  as anything could ever be.  They are also reserving wall and floor space to display works of local artists on a rotating basis.

Art inspires.  Art energizes.  Art comforts.  Art cajoles.

Art abounds at North Hill.

Got art? 

Live well.

Hey, Chevy! Boooooo!!!!!

lukekramer
by LUKEKRAMER
on February 6, 2011
categories: Ageism, Art and culture

Just watching the Super Bowl, and Chevy ran a commercial depicting older people as confused, cranky, and deaf while trying to pitch the latest iteration of the confused and cranky Chevy Cavalier… the Cruze. General Motors must be eyeing the younger and less affluent market with this approach.

We dislike ageism, and offer the following two word review of this commercial:  Not funny.

Where is that music coming from?

lukekramer
by LUKEKRAMER
on February 4, 2011
categories: Art and culture, North Hill Community, PurposeFULL Living

Did you ever live in the kind of place where you’d walk by a door and hear piano music?

North Hill is that kind of place.

In addition to the people who live here who appreciate music, we also have a fair number who play music, too.  And, yes,  people do bring their pianos with them when they move here.

Steel and concrete construction ensures that music lovers won’t disturb their neighbors, but the sounds do find their way into the hallways, and we sure are glad that they do!

What’s your theme song?

lukekramer
by LUKEKRAMER
on February 1, 2011
categories: Art and culture, PurposeFULL Living

There was a cult-classic TV show in the 90′s called Allie McBeal.  An ongoing gag throughout the series was the idea of a personal theme song.  It was a funny, quirky concept in a funny and quirky show.

If North Hill had a theme song, it might be some upbeat classical music like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons or Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.  It could also be something like Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle,” since that’s where we strive to keep the people who live here situated.  Despite any stereotypes you may have heard, our theme song wouldn’t be anything you would hear in an elevator or a dentist’s waiting room.

So, what’s your theme song now, and more importantly, what do you want it to be?

“Alone Together:”… taking a shot at “social networking”

lukekramer
by LUKEKRAMER
on January 23, 2011
categories: Art and culture, Picks and Pans, PurposeFULL Living

Author Sherry Turkle has published a book called “Alone Together” that takes a shot at the concept of so-called social networking (Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of instant, albeit distant electronic connection.)

This blog takes the position that electronic gizmos that encourage isolation are bad news, so in spite of what can arguably called a case of hypocrisy, we’ll jump on board with the premise.

Years ago, futurists predicted a day when we’d all have a “video” telephone.  That never materialized, but we do have Skype, which is basically the same thing.  We contend that a video conference is a poor substitute for dinner with friends, a whispered joke, or a hug from a friend.

Having said that, at North Hill we blog, Facebook, Tweet, and Skype with great abandon.  We found out about the book referenced here surfing the Internet.

Does that make us hypocrites?

A pick! The view I like the best is my front porch looking in…

lukekramer
by LUKEKRAMER
on January 22, 2011
categories: Art and culture, North Hill Community, Picks and Pans, PurposeFULL Living

The music we listen to the most here at North Hill is of the classical variety, but every once in a while we’ll let the search button go on the radio.  This morning it landed on a Country station.  The song that was playing was the one named in the title of this post, and we couldn’t help think that this was an important message for someone who was contemplating the North Hill lifestyle to consider.

North Hill attracts the people who live in some of the most amazing homes in the world.  They have great views… the ocean, city skylines, other magnificent homes….all hard things for one to part with.

The message of the song is that who is in your home is a lot more important that what you’re looking out at, no matter how spectacular that may be.  We have great views here at North Hill too… beautifully landscaped grounds, lush forest, and even the Boston skyline.  Those are great, but what really matters is the great life that the people who are enjoying those views are having here.

Live well, and remember to look in from the porch once in a while!

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The True North blog contains upbeat and helpful tips, advice, insights and resources to help baby boomers and seniors live inspired and PurposeFULL lives. Enjoy regular features on exercise, healthy eating, lifelong learning and updates on the transformation of our Boston-area continuing care retirement community into the next evolution of senior living.
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