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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.

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