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Lakeview Village Partners with KU Med on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

LEAP

Lakeview Village is proud to be partnering with the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in bringing an Alzheimer’s Disease prevention program to campus. Started in 2012, LEAP! (Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention) seeks to close the gap between Alzheimer’s Disease research findings and action taken by at-risk adults. Namely, preliminary research indicates aerobic exercise may slow the progression of the disease; however, these findings have not previously resulted in increased exercise among seniors.

In order to reach this demographic, LEAP! organizers seek partnerships with Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) like Lakeview Village. Through educational classes and one-on-one coaching, LEAP! hopes to initiate and sustain behavior changes to ultimately delay or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s among participants.

The program lasts 6 months, with hourly educational sessions twice a month.

Each LEAP! class contains five elements:

  1. Cognitive: science lesson and quiz
  2. Fitness: options and group activity
  3. Nutrition: recipes and group taste testing
  4. Spirit: mindfulness, humor and social activity
  5. LEAP! Forward: personal goal for the month (review of previous goals)

Another aspect of the LEAP! program at Lakeview Village includes training for our staff. LEAP! facilitators provide education about fitness programs and nutrition. Dietitians are working with Lakeview Village dining services to determine ways Lakeview Village can serve foods that contribute to brain health. In the future, Mediterranean Diet choices will be available at all Lakeview Village restaurants.

Alzheimer’s Facts1

  • 2 million Americans have Alzheimer ’s Disease in 2008
  • One in eight (13%) over 65 have Alzheimer ’s Disease
  • Every 71 seconds someone develops Alzheimer ’s Disease
  • $148 billion in direct and indirect costs to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses are attributable to Alzheimer’s Disease.

1. KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center

5-Star ranked skilled nursing facility
Lakeview Village’s Skilled Nursing Facility Updated

Learn more about our skilled nursing facilityAccording to the AARP, 68% of seniors will spend at least some time in a skilled nursing facility. As part of our Lakeview LifeCare, should a resident need skilled nursing and/or assisted living care, they will be able to remain on campus, with access to all of Lakeview Village’s amenities.

Centerpointe Care Center serves 120 residents with physical and cognitive deficits. The second floor specializes in caring for residents with memory impairment, and those who are likely to wander.

Updates to Centerpointe Care Center, our on-site skilled nursing facility

In 2014, Lakeview Village remodeled the two neighborhoods on the first floor of Centerpointe including the front room, dining room and living room. Updates included new paint, lighting, flooring, and furniture and a redesign of the space to provide more community areas. We also added a backyard for residents to enjoy, including a water feature, patio, walking path and garden area.

In 2015, Lakeview Village remodeled the two neighborhoods on the second floor of Centerpointe, along with expanding the front room, creating a small Sun Room, relocating and remodeling the beauty shop, and relocating and remodeling of the second floor therapy space.

Promoting Active Lifestyles

The Lakeview Village Life Enhancement team works closely with the nursing staff to assist residents who wish to visit the backyard or the Lakeview Village Community Garden. The team also helps residents take walks inside the community and attend events on the campus.

For the past three years, Lakeview Village has planned and hosted a larger-scale, off campus outing in May. Previous events have included a picnic and games and walking around a small zoo. This outing is popular will the residents; typically, 80 to 90 of our 120 residents participated. All residents are accompanied by a volunteer.

Centerpointe staff has also established Men’s and Women’s groups. These groups are resident-driven and participate in a variety of activities on and off campus. In 2015, residents took trips to the movies, shopping, museums, and restaurants, to name a few. Centerpointe residents also attend on-campus events like our annual Flag Day BBQ and Trunk or Treat on Halloween.

Centerpointe residents visit many other areas of our campus daily from the Bistro in Eastside Terrace to Fountain Lake at Northpointe.

The Best Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to give Lakeview Village a 5-star ranking for the high quality of care and staffing provided. You can see how Centerpointe Care Center compares to other skilled nursing facilities at the CMS website.

Lakeview Village is constantly reviewing, developing, and updating programs on the campus to ensure we are meeting the healthcare needs of all residents on the campus.

We encourage all prospective residents of Lakeview Village to tour the entire campus when they visit, including Centerpointe and Eastside Terrace. More information on our Assisted Living services will be available in a future blog post.

The Crude Oil/U.S. Stock Market Relationship

As oil prices continue to tumble, many investors are seeing their investments take a hit.

Chris Butler, investment manager and host of KCMO Talk Radio 710’s Saturday morning show, ‘Capitalist Pigs’ will be at Lakeview Village Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m. to discuss the correlation between crude oil and the US stock market.He will also answer questions about “oil proofing” your portfolio and discuss how oil affects the economy at large.

Chris Butler Investment Manager

Chris Butler

The Crude Oil/U.S. Stock Market Relationship

Tuesday, January 26

10 a.m.

Southridge Treetop Activity Room

Hosted by the Lakeview Village Resident Investor Education Group and the Lakeview Village Foundation.

Chris Butler, an Olathe native, co-manages both the BLW Growth and BLW Fixed-income portfolios for his firm, Butler, Lanz & Wagler. Chris is considered a local authority on alternative investment strategies, the management of bonds, and the business cycle. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas, an MBA from Baker University and an MA in Economics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

5 Things Lakeview Village Learned from Active Aging Week

If you were anywhere near Lakeview Village during the week of September 27, you may have noticed a variety of events occurring around campus. Led by the International Council on Active Aging, Active Aging Week is a celebration for aging and active living where residents participant in wellness activities in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. In case you weren’t able to join in, here are 5 things our retirement community learned during the Active Aging Week activities!

1) You don’t need dumbbells to exercise

residents at Drums Alive activityTwo sessions of “Drums Alive!” were held in our Heritage Activity Center. Residents of Lakeview Village retirement community used chairs, exercise balls and drumsticks to experience a whole, body, whole brain exercise class. Drums Alive helps foster a healthy balance physically, emotionally and socially – the residents had a blast!

2) Taking time to reflect can allow for a healthier mind and body

Lakeview Village lake and groundsOn Tuesday, the residents gathered outside of Fox Trail Lake in the Lenexa neighborhood on a beautiful fall morning to take time and pay tribute to neighbors, friends and family who have passed away. After some inspirational thoughts from Quentin Jones, residents took a walk around the lake to reflect and remember their legacies. Many residents left inspired and were motivated to continue living their life to the fullest.

3) Your body can’t differentiate between real and fake laughter

residents and children from the Development CenterA simple and profound idea brought many residents and children together from the Child Development Center. Laughter yoga is based on the scientific fact that your body cannot differentiate between real and fake laughter, so if laughter reduces stress and lowers blood pressure we thought we should try it more often!

4) You can find love at any age

poster from The Age of Love filmLakeview Village hosted a screening of The Age of Love for residents of the retirement community and the general public. A story of speed dating for older adults, the documentary shares the message that it’s never too late to find that special someone. Encouraging people to talk about love and the desires of older adults, the documentary was a hit with the residents! Lakeview hopes to hold our own speed-dating event in the coming weeks – stay tuned!

5) You’re never too old to learn new habits

residents at 2015 Wellness FairThe 2nd annual Wellness fair offered residents insight and tips on staying healthy as you age. Sessions were offered on a variety of topics from legal matters to stress relief. Member of the Lakeview Village retirement community walked away learning new tips and habits to help them live a healthier, more active lifestyle.

What did you learn from Active Aging Week? Share in a comment below!

A Reflection by Joan Davies on the Before I Die Wall
A Reflection by Joan Davies on the “Before I Die” Wall

Before I Die WallAlways having been a person who liked accepting challenges, I was intrigued by Lakeview’s Director of Marketing, Colette Panchot’s, unique presentation in August entitled “Before I Die.” Her remarks and shared video challenged us to think carefully about those who are most important to us and to live each day to our fullest potential. In order for each of us to focus on these important people and things, we were asked to finish the statement, “Before I Die”. At first I thought well that’s interesting! Then, after further introspection, I decided to get serious about expanding the “bucket list” in my head and write things down. Some may think my list “quirky” but it’s the way I think and write!

My eclectic and “quirky” Before I Die list follows with items listed in no particular order of importance:

  1. Write a best-selling nonfiction novel about our lives. In retrospect, there are two problems with this…first no one would believe it was nonfiction. Second, I would end up hurting Jim very badly, since we argue over editing each other’s writing, OR I would gain lots of tonnage since I tend to “graze” while writing.
  2. Get a face lift to remove lots of wrinkles from years and years in the sun with baby oil instead of sun screen. (We 50’s girls believed baby oil would help us tan faster. I just became more and more lobster like!) I don’t think I’m being vane…I just want to look more like Lakeview’s beautiful women in their 80’s and 90’s who I see every day with their amazing smooth skin. I’m also tired of giving Thanksgiving’s Tom Turkey a run for the money in November for whom has the most chins.
  3. Achieve and maintain a normal weight. Now, being honest, I know this is NOT possible at Lakeview with the amazing, delicious food we are served every night. With me cooking…maybe.
  4. Organize the boxes and boxes of photographs and get into albums for our sons and relatives. Again…not very likely since right now I have months of excuses to use as we wait for our villa to be built and I have to finally unload all of the rest of the moving boxes that are now taking over our garage and basement on Mullen Road.
  5. Get Jim into the Kremlin to show him the hidden door in the Children’s Minister of Education’s library. Her office was right next to Yeltsin’s and she really did exit through the bookshelves after our meeting. Jim still believes I made up this story!
  6. Cruise the western coast of Norway all the way north past the Arctic Circle. I think this is going to happen in 2016. Yeah!
  7. Visit and walk ALL the U.S. National Parks including the Grand Canyon and Sedona. This better happen or we are in danger of losing some good friends from Sedona, because for several years we have promised to visit and stay with them.
  8. Enjoy playing rounds of golf with Jim. Notice the operative word here is “enjoy”. I’ll work on this since he loves the game so much. (My real thoughts about the game will remain private.)
  9. Participate in the Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. This would involve the start in Anchorage, restart in Wasilla, musher stations’ visits across the state, and the finish line in Nome. Most musher stations are only accessible via “bush” plane so I need to conquer my fear of those itty bitty planes. Dogs, dog sleds, ice, snow and cold I can handle. Those planes are an entirely different matter.
  10. Most importantly, before I die, I will work to live a loving, happy, healthy, and productive life for at least another 25 years.

Thank you Colette for providing us with an opportunity to reflect upon that which is really important in life.

Before I Die Wall
Lakeview Participates in the Before I Die Project

Conversations about death and dying are often uncomfortable or avoided altogether. Lakeview Village retirement community instead encouraged residents, employees, and guests to reflect on death in a new way, focusing on what they hope to still experience or accomplish in their lifetimes. We strive to create a stimulating environment with meaningful activities, which is why we are participating in the Before I Die Project.

Before-I-Die-project_2Candy Chang, an artist and urban planner, conceived the Before I Die wall. Grieving the loss of a dear friend, she set out to create an interactive space to allow anyone to share intimate, anonymous thoughts on a public chalkboard. The first wall was on the side of an abandoned building in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward. What started as an experiment has inspired more than 1,000 such walls in 35 languages and 70 countries since 2012.

Lakeview Village’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Colette Panchot, first saw a Before I Die wall in a park in Nashville, Tennessee. She knew it would be a natural fit for Lakeview Village. “I had never seen such a simple but powerful way for people to share their innermost thoughts in a constructive way. It also showed how much we all have in common. Lakeview Village is a tight-knit community, and many have embraced this revealing exercise.”

At the Heritage Place Activity Center, several large black boards with the words “Before I Die, I Would Like ___________” are filled with responses written in white chalk. More than a hundred answers appeared on the wall in in the month it has been on display, creating an inspirational piece of art. Some of the touching and humorous messages include: “Find a cure for Parkinson’s;” “Be a millionaire but with no taxes;” “Share the joy and love I have been blessed with;” “Learn everyone’s name at Lakeview;” and “Play Golf with Arnold Palmer.” Others focused on family, traveling, helping children and animals, finding love, and expressing divine love in the world.

Lakeview Village resident Doug Himebaugh wrote on the wall: “Before I die I want to be like Jack Miller.” Jack Miller is a long-time Lakeview Village resident, and Doug said he wanted to honor his highly respected neighbor. Someone later seconded his thoughts by writing, “Me, too.” “We have met so many residents that have astounded us when we learned their age,” said Doug. “Those who are mentally and physically active remain very young.” Now that is something to aspire to…

Senior Celebration 2015
Richard Catlett Scholarship Program Awards High School Seniors

For many years, the residents of Lakeview Village have taken pride in being a giving community.  And there’s no better example of that generosity than the Richard Catlett Student Scholarship program, which on April 30, 2015, awarded $35,000 to qualifying graduating high school seniors who either work or volunteer at Lakeview Village.
Jamie Frazier, President and CEO, explains that the scholarship fund is named in honor of Richard Catlett, Lakeview Village’s CEO from 1990 until 2008, because of Mr. Catlett’s support of young employees’ pursuit of higher education. Mr. and Mrs. Catlett now reside at Lakeview Village.
“Over the years, as the resident population and workforce grew, so did the number of dining room servers, most of who were high school students.  What began as a scholarship program for high school volunteers in 2005 was expanded to include scholarships for high school seniors working in the Dining Services department.”
The value and number of scholarships varies according to the funds available, as well as the number of qualified applicants. The 16 scholarship applicants this year, receiving from $750 to $3,000 each, were:

Claudia Becker
Brianna Bennett
Timmy Brill
Megan Ehrnman
Emma Franklin
Andy Hare
Kyle Hillyer
Emma Holmberg
Alexis Ridley
Megan Rongish
Roya Rostampour
Joseph Roszel
Emma Schneider
Sydney Suttles
Ben Walberg
Summer White

Senior Celebration 2015

At the award ceremony, the Lakeview Village Resident Quartet performed, including an original song written by quartet member Bob Hamilton, “The Dining Halls of Lakeview.”  Other members of the quartet included Kevin Jackson, Jackie Vogt and Rich Jewett.
The collection process is a simple one: Lakeview Village residents contribute to the fund throughout the year by placing checks in collection boxes around campus. In the weeks before the awards ceremony, the Catlett Scholarship Resident Committee – chaired by resident Barbara Joiner –interviews the students and reviews their applications.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. and must provide their high school transcripts, ACT and/or SAT scores, a list of extracurricular activities, and two letters of recommendation.  In addition, they must submit two personal essays that describe the effects of their service to Lakeview Village residents, their educational and life goals, and how they hope to use the scholarship in reaching those goals.
The applicants also must have shown “a dedication to Lakeview Village by displaying consistent attendance and high work standards as an employee or volunteer,” according to a list of scholarship criteria.
The scholarship recipients are exceptional young people. In addition to attending school and working or volunteering at Lakeview Village, they devote time to community service and varied school activities.
Jamie Frazier sums up how beneficial and unusual this scholarship program is: “The residents contributed $35,000, which will go to 16 applicants – $750 to $3,000 each!  How long does it take for a dining server to make $3,000? “Only at Lakeview…”

Stock Dividends – The Forgotten Stepchild
Emerson Hartzler

Emerson Hartzler

I often hear people say they have invested in bonds rather than stocks because, while the returns may be meager, “At least I get paid some interest”, as if stocks offered no immediate payout. True, some stocks don’t pay dividends, but a diversified portfolio of stocks will contain many stocks that do pay dividends, and do so quite generously! These dividends may be the most important and most overlooked part of investing. 

Analyst Eddy Elfenbein, in a recent blog post 1 notes, “Dividends tend to grow, and reinvesting those dividends gets you more shares, which begets you still more dividends. The effect may be small each week, but it adds up. Consider that in the last 20 years, the S&P 500 price index is up 348%. But the Total Return Index, which includes dividends, is up 555%.”   

Mr. Elfenbein includes the following graph, which shows the growth of the S & P 500 stock index over the past decade or so, and you can see that movements in the index, both up and down, are mirrored by similar changes in dividends. While the index grew from around 900 to over 2,000 during this period (about 220%), dividends per share on average grew from about $16 to almost $40 (about 240%).

s&p500

 

Now that dividend yield is still only 2%, but the comparison to bonds today offers a striking contrast. Nick Murray, in his February newsletter 2 says it eloquently, “For much of January, 2015, the interest rate on the 10-year treasury broke down below 2%. Sure as you were born, a day is going to come when your grandchildren come and say, “Those days in 2015 … when stocks were actually yielding more than bonds …you had to know, right? When you could trade in a 10-year Treasury note for ownership in five hundred of the largest, best financed, most profitable companies in the world … and get ten years of dividend growth and price appreciation for free you did that with every dime you could get your hands on, right? … All that money’s got to be around here somewhere … doesn’t it?” 

While no one knows when interest rates will begin to rise, all the experts agree that when (not if) that happens, bond prices will head south. So the “safe” investments you have in bonds or bond funds aren’t really all that safe after all. You need to look at Mr. Elfenbein’s chart closely … for a long time! It could mean a great deal to you and your heirs for a very long time to come.

 

Footnotes:

      1Blog post by Eddy Elfenbein, January 5th, 2015

      2Nick Murray, Interactive, Volume 15, Issue 2, February2015

Distinguished Doctors Who Call Lakeview Village Home
Seated, Dr. Betty Bashaw. From left to right: Dr. Herman Jones, Dr. Mani Mani, and Dr. John "Jack" Holt.

Seated, Dr. Betty Bashaw. From left to right: Dr. Herman Jones, Dr. Mani Mani, and Dr. John “Jack” Holt.

Doctors, despite their responsibilities, are only human. They study for many more years than most, they have families and hobbies, they work long hours, and they retire. Please enjoy these short profiles of accomplished doctors–from various areas of practice including physicians, psychiatrists and reverends—who have chosen to make Lakeview Village their home.   

      Dr. Betty Bashaw, who has lived in Lakeview’s Southridge apartments for five years, practiced as a psychiatrist. Dr. Bashaw is a graduate of the University Tennessee School of Medicine, and she completed her residency in Memphis. Her husband was in the Air Force, so she later practiced in Tripoli, Libya, for three years and then in Wichita Falls, TX.

     Dr. Bashaw’s career centered on hospital psychotherapy at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, KS, as well as her private psychotherapy practice in Leawood, KS.

     “Back in earlier days, women weren’t admitted to the American Medical Association,” she points out, “so there was the American Medical Women’s Association, and I was very active in that organization.” Dr. Bashaw enjoys the camaraderie at Lakeview Village and spending time with her two children and four grandchildren. She is an avid fan of PBS’s Downton Abbey. “I can’t believe I have to wait until next January for the next set of episodes!” she says. 

     Dr. Frederick Holmes and Dr. Grace E.F. Holmes are new residents of Southridge in Lakeview Village. Dr. Frederick Holmes is a native of the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Washington in 1957. His subsequent training in Medicine, Hematology, and Tropical Medicine was at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. With his wife, Grace, a pediatrician, he served as a medical missionary of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia from 1959 until 1963 and in Tanzania (in East Africa) from 1970 until 1972. Subsequently he had an academic career at the University of Kansas Medical Center, retiring from the active practice in 2000 as the Hashinger Distinguished Professor of Medicine. During the 1990s he obtained a Master’s Degree in British History at the University of Kansas and, in retirement, has remained in academia as Professor of the History and Philosophy of Medicine.

     During his academic career, Dr. Frederick Holmes maintained a large federally funded research program in the epidemiology of cancer resulting in more than 100 publications. Since retirement, he has been active in research and publishing in the History of Medicine, focusing on medical practice in Tudor and Stuart England and military Medicine in the First World War. Musically inclined, he enjoys singing in a barbershop quartet, The Gentlefolk, and in his church choir.

Dr. Fred and Grace Holmes

Dr. Fred Holmes and Dr. Grace Holmes

Dr. Grace Holmes is a native of northern Minnesota. She graduated with a bachelor of art degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington in 1953, followed by admission into the University of Washington School of Medicine.

     She married her medical school classmate, Frederick Holmes, in 1955, and both graduated in 1957 with medical degrees. Dr. Grace Holmes’ rotating Internships followed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and in Kansas City, Kansas. As described above, the couple studied in London and proceeded to Malaysia to work in the Lutheran Church Clinics. Dr. Grace Holmes continued her pediatric training at the University of Kansas Medical Center with Fellowship in Children’s Rehabilitation, and then joined the faculty. Later in East Africa she helped open the new Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. She rejoined the Pediatric faculty on return from Africa and later also joined the Preventive Medicine faculty, continuing in both departments until her retirement in July 2000.

     She is a Professor of Pediatrics and of Preventive Medicine Emerita at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Throughout her career, her clinical, teaching and research interests reflected her pediatric training and experience with both normal and atypical growth and development of infants and young children. She very much enjoys barbershop-style and gospel singing with Fred and another couple, singing in the church choir, as well as writing. 

     Dr. John “Jack” Holt and Charlette Holt moved a brand new villa at Lakeview Village in February 2014, and they treasure time for “family and freedom.” Dr. Holt is a graduate of the University of Kansas (’61), and completed his residency at St. Francis Hospital in Great Bend, KS. He spent 24 years in internal medicine at Great Bend, and another 10 years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita. Dr. Holt also took time to teach clinics at KU before retiring in 1998.The Holts agree that their goal now is to enjoy life, play plenty of golf, and spend time with their family, which includes John Holt, evening news anchor at Fox 4 News in Kansas City. 

     Dr. Herman Jones and Barbara Jones recently moved to their Southridge apartment at Lakeview Village from nearby Lake Quivira. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Jones attended Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, where he was the only African-American intern.

     The Joneses chose Kansas City to begin his career, but they soon discovered that Kansas City’s two main hospitals were segregated, and black doctors could not treat white patients. (These two hospitals, Kansas City General I and II, are now located on the site of the Truman Medical Center.)

     Dr. Jones and his family later moved to Topeka, where he was the only black doctor on staff at two major Topeka hospitals. He completed his surgical residency at the VA Hospital in Wadsworth, KS. “The program included rotations through St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.,” he explains, “So I was the first black physician to practice there, as well as the first black doctor to serve on the St. Luke’s staff.”

     He opened his surgical practice in Kansas City, KS, and by then, Dr. Jones was practicing in all of the major hospitals in the Kansas City area. He later taught residents at the old Kansas City General Hospital I where he had been denied entrance earlier in his career.

     He retired in 2005 from the VA Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Jones was recognized for transcending racial barriers in the field of medicine by the former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, Kay Waldo Barnes, in an official proclamation: “…Dr. Jones is deeply respected by his colleagues, beloved by the many patients he has served over the years, and is well known as a consummate professional and an outstanding teacher.”   

Dr. Clarke Mangun

Dr. Clarke Mangun

   Dr. Clark Mangun has been a resident of Lakeview Village for 11 years. Dr. Mangun graduated from the University of Iowa in 1943. He began his career in public health, specializing in programs such as tuberculosis, cancer, and children’s health services. His family moved several times throughout his career to Minnesota, Florida and Illinois. They spent two years in Greece with American Foreign Aid, and their first of three daughters was born in Germany during that time. Dr. Mangun says what he enjoys most about living at Lakeview Village are the friendships he has made over the years.

     Dr. Mani M. Mani will move to a renovated duplex at Lakeview Village later this year with his wife, Rebekah Mani, who worked at The University of Kansas Medical Center (UKMC) as a Registered Dietician. Dr. Mani’s career began in India and blossomed at UKMC, where he was the first person from India to lead the burn center and the first person from India to become a full professor there.

     In 1960, Dr. Mani graduated from Christian Medical College in India where he trained in plastic surgery. “It is an enormous university and medical center. The 2,700-bed hospital handles about 7,500 patients per day,” he explains. In 1968, he got a letter from Dr. David Robinson, one of the founders of the Plastic Surgery program at UKMC, suggesting that he come there. Dr. Mani completed his residency there, and then he returned to India, where he became a full professor. The Mani family had planned to stay in India, but Dr. Robinson came back to India in 1972 and asked him to return to the United States to join the faculty to help establish a burn unit, which he did.

   After writing and coordinating protocols and relevant specialties for every aspect of such a unit, Dr. Mani was named Medical Director of the Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center. This burn protocol was later adopted as the standard of care by every city, hospital, ambulance and fire department in Kansas. Moreover, the protocol became a standard of care in India, Malaysia, and Kyrgyzstan. Dr. Mani also helped Australia write its emergency care manual and has played a role in burn care education around the world via the American Burn Association.

     Dr. Mani, retired since 2008, is as an Emeritus Professor at UKMC. He teaches courses via tele-medicine, including surgery; family medicine; and other medical specialties, which can be transmitted to virtually any place in the world. 

     The Rev. Dr. Bob Meneilly, also known as Dr. Bob, has been a powerful advocate for progress in the Kansas City area. His name is synonymous with the Village Presbyterian Church, which he and his wife Shirley founded in Prairie Village, Kansas. The first worship service took place Feb. 13, 1949, with about 300 attendees. He served as its pastor for 47 years, and retired from the ministry in 1994.

Dr. Bob Meneilly

Dr. Bob Meneilly

   The Meneilly’s dedication endures. Today the 80,000-square-foot church has a membership of nearly 5,000. The church also manages the Meneilly Center for Mission at 99th and Mission Road, which also houses a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and a Child and Family Development Center.

     Dr. Bob is also a founder of the Mainstream Coalition, an organization that believes in moderation in politics and the separation of church and state. The group’s creation was inspired by a sermon Dr. Bob gave in 1993, which was reprinted in The New York Times. “It was a sermon on religion, not politics,” he points out. “We believed that no one should try to impose religious beliefs on others in the form of public policy or law, otherwise, we risk becoming a theocracy.”

     Dr. Bob has spoken out consistently since the 1960s in support of civil rights, and he was instrumental in ending desegregation in Johnson County. He was also on the forefront against the war in Viet Nam when he journeyed to Paris as part of the U.S. delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.

     Today, Dr. Bob’s life has taken on a more peaceful rhythm in his Southridge apartment. He deeply misses Shirley, his beloved wife and lifetime teammate whom he lost to Alzheimer’s disease in June 2014. “I haven’t always dealt well with the grief,” he admits. “I’m gradually getting more active and becoming friends with my Lakeview neighbors. And I’m becoming more involved again, on a limited basis, in the Mainstream Coalition.” 

     Lakeview Village is fortunate to have residents of such caliber and compassion among us.

Patio Home Ushers in New Era at Lakeview Village: First Two Homes Are Nearing Completion and More Are Under Construction

Construction on the first two new Patio Homes at Lakeview Village is nearing completion, and we will break ground on the second two Patio Homes in April 2015. 

President and CEO Jamie Frazier reports that construction on the first patio home site at 9017 Salem Circle will be completed by May 2015. New residents will be moving into both homes soon after. 

“We’re very excited about this popular new home concept at Lakeview, said Jamie. “The Patio Homes have generated a lot of interest from prospective residents. 

“With the first two Patio Homes nearing completion, we are pleased that one of the second set of Patio Homes– located at 9021 Salem Circle— has already been sold, and we the second won’t stay on the market long,” he added. “These innovative homes are an exceptional value with forward-looking floor plans and amenities.” 

The twin Patio Homes represent a new concept for Lakeview Village and were inspired by modern European home designs that maximize natural light, an, open floor plan, and the union of indoor and outdoor space. Each 1,563 square-foot home features two bedrooms; two baths; a bonus room; two-car garage; and private, zero-step entrances in the front and back. The homes also have a full basement that includes roughed-in bathroom plumbing and nine-foot ceiling clearances for optional finishing. The residents of the first new homes chose to finish part of this additional living space. 

Each home is designed with an open floor plan featuring 12- foot cathedral ceilings in the main room, gourmet kitchen with a 3 x 8 eat-at island, huge master walk-in closet, hardwood floor option, and many tall windows for natural light, including a corner window in the master bedroom. The homes are named for their generous patio with attractive landscaping. 

The Patio Homes are very well-appointed, fully accessible, and energy-efficient. Privacy is a major element, as there is only one adjoining wall. The Patio Homes are also insulated with spray foam rather than the more commonly used insulation batting. The resulting efficiency will provide residents a more comfortable living environment, as well as energy savings.