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Cowboys ride in the Flint Hills
Fate brought Lakeview Village resident Roger Blessing and The Symphony in the Flint Hills Together
The Symphony in the Flint Hills

© Copyright Kristin Baker

As with so many things in this life, Fate surely played a hand as Roger and Jeanne Blessing arrived at a party one evening in 2006. An invitation from an acquaintance was responsible for Roger and Jeanne’s presence that night. Upon walking into the home, and recognizing several notable, deep-pocketed Kansas Citians mingling about, Roger said to Jeanne, “We don’t belong here.” Still, the availed themselves of drinks and headed onto a balcony, where they encountered a woman rehearsing a presentation.

Roger and Jeanne began to chat with Emily Connell, the Executive Director of The Symphony in the Flint Hills, who was canvasing the state hoping to find enough patrons to get the event off the ground. As she painted her vision for the event to the Blessings, Roger suddenly knew why he was there.

“They had no idea what they were doing,” Roger said. The board was planning an event for 5,000 people, who would arrive in hundreds of automobiles, but had only a vague notion of how it would all come together. Roger, an architect, was a planner. He told Connell that night that he would handle the logistics, and for the next several years Roger and Jeanne mapped out the events, determining where cars would park, where people should sit, and generally making sure the flow in and out of the concert went smoothly.

According to Connell, Roger was completely integral to the ongoing success of the event.

“Roger and Jeanne were there from the very beginning, finding ways to weave the event into our lives, and, for the rest of the team, into our hearts,” Connell said. “Roger was the only person who could really picture what the event would look like and how it must function to take care of thousands of people out in a wild, natural environment.”

Connell declared Roger’s site plans “meticulous” and designed to frame the beauty of the Flint Hills, never trying to compete with the special beauty of the prairie or tame the environment.

“It has turned into a major happening, “Roger said. “When people ask me about going, I tell them, ‘If you are going for the music, go to the symphony downtown. If you want to see cows, hike the Flint Hills, but if you want to go to an event like no other, go to the Symphony in the Flint Hills.”

Concert goers enjoy music on the prairie at the Symphony in the Flint Hills

© Copyright Kristin Baker

“[Roger’s] contributions were many. The major one was his enormous generosity – giving what is most valuable – the time of his life. And bring with that commitment his talent, experience and warm, appreciative heart, as well as his sometimes prickly, incisive mind and always life-full spirit,” Connell said.

Roger and Jeanne enjoyed the symphony a few times a year, but their real interest in this event were the Flint Hills. The couple, who recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary, were avid hikers throughout their relationship. They were frequent visitors to the Flint Hills where they walked the prairie and looked out over the majesty of the plains.

“I never have a camera. I don’t take pictures. But if I close my eyes, I can see the Flint Hills before me, and my car parked 100 yards over here, “Roger said.

The Flint Hills are made up of 9,936 square miles of tallgrass prairie, undisturbed by early settlers because of the rocky soil. It is so large and diverse, Roger said, so it is difficult to pinpoint one specific spot as a favorite. Cattle ranches dominate the area, and the Blessings got to know some of the ranchers, including the Hoy family, who operate a 7,000 acre ranch in the Cottonwood River Valley in Chase County.

“Once you get over the concern of a cow herd circling around you, you get more comfortable with the hiking,” Roger said. “Then, when a cowboy rides up and gets off his horse to talk to you, you really have a lot of fun. I’ve never met a cowboy who doesn’t love being a cattleman in a pasture like that.”

Cowboys on Horseback in the Flint Hills of Kansas

© Copyright Kristin Baker

Connell told Roger that there would be people who came because they loved the symphony, and people who came because they loved the Flint Hills, but after a while they move on; but the people who loved the Flint Hills and the symphony, would be the core that kept the event going.

According to Roger, Emily was right in that respect. The Symphony in the Flint Hills is known nationally and, Roger says, some internationally.

Roger and Jeanne were a dimension in themselves to the Symphony, according to Connell. “They were intrepid, wry and encouraging,” she said. “How I miss them. I am grateful to have shared a grand adventure with them.”

This is the 12th year for the concert, which will take place June 10 at Deer Horn Ranch in Geary County.

“Singing Home on the Range as the sun is setting, there’s nothing like it,” Roger said. “That’s the finale.”

Family discusses move to a retirement community.
Moving to a Retirement Community: A Family Discussion

A free e-book with tips on how to discuss a retirement community with your children.

If your children are at least 40 years old and you are at least 70, it’s time to start talking to your loved ones about your next move. If you are anxious about broaching the topic, consider that according to the AARP, more than 75% of children with parents reaching retirement age have already considered their parents’ independent living options, even if they’ve never talked about it before. If you find yourself struggling with finding the right way to begin the conversation, download our free e-book. It contains helpful tips for initiating conversations about the big move as well as ways to help children feel comfortable with the decision.

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  • Phrases you can use in your conversation
  • How family traditions continue after your move to Lakeview VIllage
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Choosing the Right Retirement Community

Finding the perfect fit among available retirement lifestyles isn’t easy. From 55+ homes associations to senior living apartments and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) like Lakeview Village, it is important to make the right choice, for you.

Lakeview Village President and CEO Jamie Frazier offers three tips for active adults trying to narrow down their retirement choices.

  1. Get to know the reputation of the communities.

    Online reviews on Google+, Yelp and other online review sites are helpful in hearing what other people are saying about the community you are investigating. Many communities will also arrange for you to dine with residents in a community dining room. This not only gives you an opportunity to ask residents about their personal experiences, but is a way for you to observe resident and staff interactions, resident interactions with each other, and, of course, sample the food!

  1. Make sure the community is financially secure.

    Ask questions so that you understand the community’s financial position as well as what aspects of the community are priorities. Non-profit communities may be able to reinvest residents’ services fees right back into the community, while communities run by for-profit corporations or venture capitalists may be more beholden to shareholders than the residents they serve. Many for-profit companies in senior living own multiple communities, so more-profitable neighborhoods may see money leaving their community to help support struggling communities or to build new communities.

  1. Ask yourself: “Is the community the right fit for you?”

    There is a big variety among senior living neighborhoods. Most offer some services and amenities, but they will vary in scope considerably. Some communities will offer health care on site, through all levels of care, while others may require residents to move outside of the community if they need skilled nursing or assisted living. Some communities are exclusively for apartment living, while others include cottages or high end villa homes in addition to apartments. It is important to visit communities until you are comfortable that the one you choose will satisfy your needs.

Retirement community living can be very rewarding and fulfilling. Doing your research before you make a final decision will find you in a senior neighborhood where you can thrive for many, many, many years to come.

International Residents add Flair to Lakeview Village

Austrian Brigitte Roschitz experienced a tumultuous journey to the United States

By Shellie Sullivan

Austrian Brigitte Roschitz now lives at Lakeview Village in Lenexa

Lakeview Village resident Brigitte Roschitz at 18 in Austria.

A retirement community in Lenexa, Kansas may not sound like a place with much international flair. Perceptions can be deceiving. Lakeview Village is home to residents from three different continents, including Brigitte Roschitz who was born in Austria.

Austria is a land-locked European country bordering the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. Brigitte was 11th out of 12 children in her family. Her father was a master tailor and ran his own business in their home, where her mother helped, as she was a seamstress. Brigitte remembers being happy growing up, that is until 1945.

Post-WWII Austria was a tough place for German Austrians

After WWII, Austria was divided into American, British, French and Soviet zones. Brigitte’s family, the Steins, lived in the Soviet zone. In the Soviet zone, Yugoslavian Partisans gathered up all the German Austrians, and put them in concentration camps. Brigitte was 10 years old in the spring of 1945 when soldiers came to her home in the middle of the night and took her father and oldest brother. The family didn’t know what had happened to them or where they were taken. A week later, more soldiers returned for the rest of the family.

When the soldiers started to come into the house, Brigitte said her mother had the children layer their clothing and wear their coats, since they were not able to pack a bag or take anything but what they had on their bodies. Her mother had the children roll money up in their sleeves and hide some small jewelry in their clothes. She told them they would need it along the way. The soldiers checked everyone for money and jewelry, but because of how smart Brigitte’s mother was, they missed their hidden treasures.

Everyone from her town, minus the able bodied males, was moved to town churches or schools. The soldiers then released all the non-German people, of which Brigitte’s family was not included. The people who remained, which Brigitte estimated to be around 8,000 or so, marched to the next town. Once they arrived, they were moved into the town church. A woman, who was a friend of the family, arrived in town looking for the Steins. She brought Brigitte’s family to her house where she cared for them until the Partisans came a week later and took everyone in the house to the train station. They were loaded on the train and rode for two hours. When they arrived at the other end, there were more Partisan soldiers waiting to shuffle them to their new residences.

Their new residences were homes that belonged to other Germans. Brigitte explained that most homes at that time had two sections.  One was larger and designed for a growing family with children, while the other was smaller and typically housed grandparents. When Brigitte’s family arrived, the current owners were moved to the smaller part of the house, and several other families were put in the main house to share. Essentially, they were imprisoned in this house and town. The town was heavily guarded and referred to as “camp.”

Young and old started to die in the camp. Throughout these moves, the Stein family still didn’t know what had happened to their father and brother. As it turned out, they had been working in a lumber prison camp not too far from the rest of the family. The prisoner “grapevine” allowed Brigitte’s father to learn where his family was being held, and he and her brother were able to sneak into the home and stay there with the family.

“Oh that was a happy day!” said Brigitte with smiling, misty eyes.

Sister Engelfriada smuggled Lakeview VIllage resident Brigitte Roschitz out of an Austrian camp.

Brigitte’s sister, Sister Engelfriada, smuggled her out of an Austrian internment camp.

Brigitte’s older sister smuggles Brigitte and her little sister out of the camp

After a few months, Brigitte’s older sister, a nun who had not been living with the family, Sister Engelfriada ( meaning angel of peace), was permitted to visit her family inside the camp. She had heard about all the prisoners in the camp being sick and dying, so she talked her way in with a suitcase full of medicine and food to give her family. Little did she know how perfect her timing was as her family was suffering from Typhus and very, very sick. Brigitte says that within three days of eating and taking the medicine, the entire family recovered.

Sister Engelfriada was able to return again, and this time Brigitte’s father told the older sister that she was to take Brigitte and her youngest sister Agnus with her when she left. He wanted to save them, and he told Engelfriada that they would die if she didn’t get them out, because they were too young to survive at the camp. Sister Engelfriada smuggled Brigitte and her sister out of the camp and onto the train. Once on the train, they sat on a bench and were not allowed to make a sound for fear someone would hear the girls speak German and put them in danger. Her sister took them to the house of someone she knew, where another sibling, Sister Evelina and their brother, who was a priest, met them. Brigitte’s brother took her to Zagreb, Croatia and Sister Evelina took little Agnus to her home. They were separated for a year,  then were reunited in Croatia  and stayed with Engelfriada in her “Mother House” where they lived for four or five years. While in Croatia, Brigitte attended school. Brigitte said it was difficult because they did not know the language. “It was not fun,” she said. “But we had to learn because it was not good to be a German during this time.”

Several years later, the rest of her family finally succeeded in escaping the camp by crawling on their bellies in the snow under fences in the middle of winter. They were able to make it to the border into Austria and to one of the refugee camps where the Red Cross helped them.

Brigitte is reunited with her family and meets her future husband

Eventually Brigitte and her little sister were reunited with the rest of family in the Austrian refugee camp. It was there that she met her husband, although she didn’t know he would be her husband until years later. The Steins lived in the same barracks as his family and were in youth group together. Brigitte continued to go to school, eventually attending seamstress school where she learned sewing and business. She took a bus every day and finished when she was 18.

It was hard to find a job, but a priest friend told her that the children’s surgical hospital needed nurse aids. She was able to get a job there and, even though she had to move away from home, she really liked it!  Brigitte worked for three years, and then heard about a seamstress job for a hospital in her family’s town. She took that job for better pay!

Brigitte and her future husband had stayed in touch over the years, but then his family moved to America. He didn’t want to leave Brigitte, but he went with his family and came to visit her. He missed her so much that on one of his trips in 1964 he asked her to marry him, and he stayed so they could be married.

It took a while to get the approved paperwork for her to leave the country and move to Kansas City. Her husband Ernest was a home builder. They lived with his family in Strawberry Hill until they could afford an apartment on their own. She loved Strawberry Hill, which she described as ethnic and community-oriented. It was so different starting a new life and only knowing German and a little Croatian. She learned English from evening classes, citizenship classes and everyday living. She liked that she had to learn about the United States. Even though it was to pass her test, she thought it was so interesting. Brigitte was happy to come to this country because, “the U.S. had so much opportunity for jobs,” she said. Eventually Ernest and Brigitte were able to buy a house, fix it up and raise two daughters, who still live in the area.

Ernest has been gone for 17 years. Brigitte moved to Lakeview in 2014, and said she loves her apartment and being served, loves that her church is across the street and she can hear the bells, and loves that her grandchildren go to school across the street. Once you meet Brigitte, you will see that she is full of love and joy!  She told me that it comes from the great gift her parents gave her – faith. “I thank the Lord every day for living here at Lakeview,” she said.

Brigitte and Agnus were smuggled out of a camp in Austria

Ernest, Brigitte, Agnus and Agnus’ husband

Lakeview Village CEO
‘State of the Village’ updates residents about Lakeview Village

New construction projects, innovations in health services, and 43 new move-ins were highlights from the 2016 “State of the Village” presented by President and CEO Jamie Frazier.

Jamie Frazier, CEO and President of Lakeview Village

Jamie Frazier President & CEO

New construction, routine maintenance propel Lakeview Village above other Johnson County retirement communities

Last year was busy for the remodeling crew, as they completed 58 apartment remodels and a total of 111 capital projects. In addition to completing the fourth major phase of burying overhead power lines around campus, installing new street signs and repairing a storm water pipe, the community worked with Don Julian Builders to complete its first two Patio homes and started on two more. Lakeview Village also demolished three vacant cottages to make room for new Don Julian homes along 91st Terrace, including a rare single-family home.

Some of these new homes are part of the 50 agreements for independent living approved in 2015. Lakeview Village welcomed new neighbors to homes in cottages, villas, and apartments in Northpointe, Gardenview, Southridge and Heritage.

A lovely home within a larger community is just one benefit of living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Lakeview Village’s health and wellness focus and numerous programs is another. Our wellness team is happy to report that, on average, , our residents see improvements year after year in upper and lower body strength, cardiovascular endurance and dynamic agility; as well as reduction of fall risk. In addition to general wellness, we have begun offering the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR) fitness program, which includes a circuit, aqua and pole walking class for those focused on delaying the effects of Parkinson’s. Lakeview Village also partnered with KU’s Alzheimer ’s Disease Research Center to present Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention (LEAP) programming for residents on campus. This program involves an emphasis on exercise and eating well to help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer ’s disease.

Our wellness focus helps residents thrive longer in independent living

Our wellness team presented at the International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) Annual Conference and at the Annual Parkinson’s Foundation Symposium. Not only is our wellness team focused on helping Lakeview Village residents live healthier, longer, they undergo training to stay at the forefront of programming and best practices for optimal senior health.

Lakeview VIllage by the Numbers

Quality, caring health care services, should you need them

The third major benefit of retirement community living is access to on-site healthcare, as needed. Our annual health survey for the Care Center and Assisted Living apartments were both well above average. Our Assisted Living survey hasn’t had a deficiency recorded since it opened in 2010.

Eastside Terrace Sub-Acute Rehabilitation was very busy in 2015. This service is available to Lakeview Village residents and the Johnson County community at large. It is a waystation between the hospital and home for those recovering from a stroke, heart attack, hip or knee replacement and many other orthopedic procedures.

In 2015 we served about 850 patients whose length of stay was well below state and national averages. Our Return to Hospital rate was only about half of the national average.  We continue to be a 5-star rated community by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This quality rating helps savvy consumers differentiate between rehabilitation providers, as quality in this industry varies widely. You can check community ratings at cms.gov.

In addition to our sub-acute rehabilitation services, we have 64 therapists working on in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, including speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. We have therapists certified in SAEBO, Vital Stim and LSVT BIG and LOUD programs. We also received accreditation to become a free-standing outpatient therapy clinic, so Lakeview Village can expand services to off-site locations. We are managing two clinics in area assisted living communities.  Therapists performed 45,000 rehabilitation sessions in the last year.

The Lakeview Village Foundation raises funds for Lakeview Village improvements and the Good Samaritan Fund

The Lakeview Village Foundation provides assistance to Lakeview Village residents through the Good Samaritan Fund and also contributes to overall campus improvements. For example, the Foundation secured $12,000 from the Nettleton Foundation for Beauty Salon Improvements.  Last year, the Foundation received $508,000 in donations from 380 donors.  The donor wall in Eastside Terrace lists 782 names of donors who have given from $500 to more than $100,000 each in donations.

The Good Samaritan Fund helps cover the costs of the monthly service fee for residents who, through no fault of their own, can no longer afford the full monthly fee. This means that residents are never asked to leave Lakeview Village due to an inability to pay.

New construction projects, dozens of new neighbors, and specialty certifications for our wellness team and new accreditations for health services made 2015 a year of progress at Lakeview Village. We continue to make improvements across our community to remain the most innovative retirement community in Johnson County. You can learn more about Lakeview Village and our future plans during a personal tour.

 

Speech Pathologist Enjoys Challenges of Career
Speech Pathology is a Calling

Speech Pathology is a true calling for Michelle Hilger.

Michelle Hilger is one of Lakeview Village’s on-site speech pathologists. In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, we sat down with Michelle to learn more about speech pathology and how it helps enrich lives.  

Searching for a Career

When Michelle Hilger arrived at Kansas State University, she was searching for the next, right step. Accordingly, she enrolled in a career and life planning class, where she completed an assessment that, through a series of questions, would point her (she hoped) to a worthwhile career path. Speech Pathologist was at the top of the list.

Armed with this new information, Michelle had a conversation with her father. In his youth, her father had a stutter and worked with a speech therapist. He told Michelle that his therapist was an inspiration. After a little more soul-searching (and job shadowing), Michelle decided to pursue speech pathology.

Finding a Calling as a Speech Pathologist

Now working as a speech pathologist, Michelle hasn’t looked back.

Recently, she met a patient who couldn’t swallow. His dysphasia was so pronounced, that he was getting all of his nutrition from a feeding tube.

“Food was important to him; when he couldn’t eat, he lost pleasure (from eating) and his social life suffered,” Michelle said. “His spirits were low.”

The pair worked and worked and worked. One day, the patient walked in waving a paper in the air exclaiming, “I passed, I passed!”

One the piece of paper was a note saying that he had passed his video swallow and would be able to eat again.

Speech pathology isn’t just for people who need to re-learn to swallow. Michelle assists with all aspects of communication – including teaching patients how to adapt their environments to help cope with memory loss. Michelle has created cards for patients to carry listing their address, so when they ride the Lakeview Village bus, they always remember where to get off. She also makes signs to hang on the back of doors, prompting patients to make sure they have their glasses and keys before they leave their homes.

While some memory loss is normal with aging, Michelle cautions that dementia is not. Thankfully, Michelle has a lot of tips and tricks to keep communication going, even as patients encounter new challenges.

“I worked with a woman who was very emotional about losing her independence,” Michelle said. “She had such a drive to be involved in social activities, but she would get embarrassed if she couldn’t remember a word and had started to withdrawal.”

Michelle told her to just describe the word she was searching for, instead of pausing while she tried to recall it. At her next appointment, the patient told Michelle that the new strategy was working wonderfully.

“She gave me a hug and said, ‘I’ll always remember you.’”

Innovations in Speech Pathology

Like most occupations today, Speech Pathology is getting a boost from mobile technology. There are smart phone apps that work as memory aids, and some that will even track your volume levels. This new technology is helping people to communicate longer, even in the face of neurological factors, which fascinate Michelle who is certified in LSVT Loud, a program that helps combat the effects of Parkinson ’s disease.

While technology and adaptive tips and tricks will help older adults communicate better, the motivation of the patient plays a critical role in the success of therapy.

“I like to find out their story, what motivates them and what (the patient’s) goal is, so that I can help them achieve that goal in some form,” Michelle said.

Michelle reports that work as a speech pathologist is never boring. She is constantly learning and is given a variety of challenges to tackle. While she initially thought she would work with children, perhaps in honor of her father’s therapist, Michelle says she is much more comfortable working with adults.

“(Adults) intrigue me more, and I connect better with adults,” Michelle said. “Working with adults felt more like home.”

 

The Gentlefolk is a barbershop quartet.
Dynamic Duo: Fred and Grace Holmes Live Their Passions
The Gentlefolk is a barbershop quartet.

Fred and Grace Holmes, with Arlene and Rex Raudenbush, perform in a barbershop quartet – The Gentlefolk.

Next time there is an open seat beside Fred and Grace Holmes in the dining room at Southridge, I’d suggest you take it. The Holmes’s have certainly led fascinating lives, including long stints abroad doing medical missions in developing countries. Grace was one of only three women in her medical school class; certainly she broke down barriers for those that came after her. Fred researched cancer epidemiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. They raised six children, five of whom were adopted.

What is most engaging about Fred and Grace, though, is their energy. They carry with them the aura that follows people who are living out their passions; it draws you in, inspires you, and, with luck, you can take a little bit of that energy with you to pursue your own passions.

In 2012, the pair published their first book, Tumbili, under the pen name Anne Miller Johnson, M.D. It is a medical mystery set in Africa, combining two things the Holmes’s know well: medicine and life in Africa. Fred has since gone on to write three more books, a series, about a doctor in the Pacific Northwest, where the Holmes attended medical school.

In addition to his medical degrees and designations, Fred earned his MA in British History from the University of Kansas. For his thesis, he researched medical problems of the Stuart monarchs of England; it was published in the UK as “The Sickly Stuarts.”

The couples’ interest in medical history isn’t limited to the British. They have also done extensive research into medicine during the First World War. The pair teamed with other medical historians to delve into the archives at the WWI museum, pouring through medical records from Base Hospital #28 in Limoges, France. Essays they wrote as part of this research, and more information about Base Hospital #28 are available online.

Spurred by this research, Grace decided to write a book about the role female nurses played in WWI. So the pair took to research across the country, trying to dig up whatever they could on WWI nurses. During their research they stumbled across the name of a nurse in North Dakota. They called a library in the state looking for information about her. After affirming that there were two pages on the nurse in question, the voice on the other end of the phone said, “Would you like the others?”

A one-time president of an American Legion Auxiliary in North Dakota had many years before collected information on 270 women from the state who had served in some capacity during WWI. Fred and Grace quickly took to digitizing the microfilm and sorting through the interviews. When it was over, there were interviews with 225 North Dakota WWI nurses.

“There were a lot of tender stories,” Fred explained. “They (nurses) made a huge impact. They were the last face someone saw as they were dying.”

For French and British soldiers, there was always the possibility of visits from family who lived near enough to get to travel to the hospital. For U.S. servicemen, the nurses filled the role of family.

Grace recently signed a contract with a publisher for “North Dakota Nurses Over There” which will be available in April 2017, on the 100th Anniversary of America’s declaration of war on Germany.

When not writing or researching, Fred and Grace sing in a barbershop quartet with Arlene and Rex Raudenbush called the Gentlefolk. They both have had a life-long interest in music and have been singing in various choirs and groups for most of their lives.

Whether researching, singing, writing or entertaining, Fred and Grace Holmes live full, rich lives. They are a delightful couple and a wonderful addition to Lakeview Village.

Occupational Therapy Offers Solutions to Daily Challenges

Tools help seniors with personal careApril is national Occupational Therapy month, and the outpatient therapy department at Lakeview Village has planned activities throughout the month to educate our community on occupational therapy and its role in helping seniors live active lives.

What is Occupational Therapy?

When we hear the word ‘occupation,’ many of us immediately think of a job. If you’re retired, why would you need “job” therapy? Occupational therapy refers to any meaningful everyday activity you perform, including those that help you manage your home and personal care. If pain, injury, disease or any other factor are keeping you from your goals, activities or independence, consider occupational therapy.

Do you or a loved one have:

• Trouble reaching into closets or cabinets?
• Numbness/pain in your hands – especially after sleeping?
• Difficulty writing or eating?
• Tremors that interfere with daily tasks?
• History of a stroke and haven’t gotten back full use of your arm or hand?
• Arthritis?
• Macular degeneration?
• Decreased or low vision?
• Trouble with fasteners on clothing or objects?

Lakeview Village occupational therapists can work with you to help you reach your maximum potential. The outpatient therapy team practices person-centered care. That means our occupational therapist will work to help you reach the goals that are important to you.

Help managing Parkinson’s Disease

Lakeview Village occupational therapists are trained in the LSVT BIG® treatment program for those with Parkinson’s Disease. This innovative program has increased amplitude (bigness) of limb and body movement that translated to improved speed and balance for those who received therapy. Participants also enjoy increased independence and a better quality of life.

Occupational Therapy is available to Lakeview Village residents and to the Kansas City community at large. Once you are referred by your physician or have requested therapy services, your appointment will be scheduled within 48 hours. Your therapist will complete an evaluation and develop an individualized plan of care. We accept Medicare, private insurance, Worker’s Compensation, and private pay. Prior to your first visit, our staff will assist you with insurance verification and coverage questions.

New Memory Garden Coming Soon
Overhead View of Memory Garden

Overhead view of proposed Memory Garden.

Perennial Garden

Drawings by Kim Lukowski for JMP.
Close up of the perennial garden.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jennifer Manthey

Over the years, we have received numerous requests from residents, employees, families and friends wanting to do something in memory or honor of a loved one. As these requests have been coming more frequently, we searched for ideas on what we could do to accommodate them in a central location. With that said, Lakeview Village is pleased to announce the creation of a Memory Garden. The Memory Garden, which will be located in the courtyard between Heritage Place and Gardenview, will provide multiple opportunities to remember loved ones and honor individuals. The conceptual drawing (shown above) is what the Memory Garden, which will include a perennial and an annual bed, could look like as donations are made to add to it.

The Memory Garden will provide numerous options (all tax deductible, as donations are made through the Lakeview Village Foundation) to memorialize or honor someone: engraved pavers, benches, statuary, bird baths, bushes, trees and other plants can all be purchased in memory or honor of your loved one.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Memory Garden will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, at 2 p.m. We would love to be able to add to the Garden prior to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony so, if you would like to purchase something to be included in the Memory Garden in memory or honor of someone, you may do so beginning April 1st. Please contact Jen Manthey, Director of Community Services, if you are interested or would like more information, at (913) 744-2416 or jmanthey@lakeviewvillage.org.

In conjunction with the Memory Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, we will also be celebrating the rededication of a George Washington Memorial monument, from Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Originally placed behind Northpointe, along with a Tulip Poplar that was one of the seedlings from the historic Maryland Liberty Tree, they were purchased by the local Sons of the American Revolution chapter in 1999.

According to www.SAR.org, the Sons of the American Revolution is a “lineage” society, which means that each member has traced their family tree back to a point of having an ancestor who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783. Almost 165,000 descendants of the men and women Patriots of the American Revolution have been admitted to their membership since their founding. The memorial and tulip poplar were placed in honor of Kess Kessler, a former Lakeview Village resident and member of SAR, who died earlier this year. The tulip poplar, also known as a Liberty Tree, was placed with the plaque to pay homage of those who supported the cause during the American Revolution.

Google Fiber Speeds into Johnson County Retirement Community

Google Fiber signups take place on the Lakeview Village campus.

Beginning February 1, residents at Lakeview Village can switch Internet service providers and access ultra-high-speed Internet from Google Fiber. Lakeview Village began the process of bringing Google Fiber to the campus in late 2014, and construction on the project began in September 2015.

“As the largest and most innovative retirement community in Kansas, it was important for Lakeview Village to assist Google Fiber in getting access to our entire 100-acre campus,” said Jamie Frazier Lakeview Village CEO. “Google Fiber’s basic Internet plan, which is free for 10 years, will meet the Internet needs of most of our residents.”

Residents who choose to take advantage of the service that is free for ten years, will pay an initial fee of $10. In most cases, this option will provide enough bandwidth for Lakeview Village residents. Additionally, Google offers dedicated bandwidth to each client, rather than the shared bandwidth offered by other Internet Service Providers, increasing Internet speed and Page Load times.

The average broadband speed in America is 11.9 Megabits per second; Google Fiber offers Lakeview Village residents access to “Gigabit” Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second.

“The contractors working on the external and internal infrastructure for Google Fiber were great to work with and very accommodating and responsive to our requests,” said Jennifer Manthey, Community Services Director at Lakeview Village.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google and Google Fiber, chose the Kansas City area as the first market for its Internet service in 2012. It expanded to Lenexa in 2015.

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides ultra-high-speed Internet along with hundreds of HD TV channels, including access to premium channels, like HBO, for an additional fee.

Lakeview Village residents sign up for Google Fiber.