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Spring Picnic is a Huge Success
James K. Frazier

James K. Frazier

It was something that no other retirement community in the area had done before, but Lakeview Village, a continuing care retirement community in Lenexa, Kansas, was up to the challenge: transporting almost 100 residents from their nursing care neighborhood to enjoy this past Wednesday at a spring picnic in nearby Black Hoof Park.

In order to transport these residents and ensure their needs were met, the residents were matched one on one with a Lakeview staff member or volunteer. Over 200 people attended the Spring Picnic to enjoy a day filled with delicious food grilled by Lakeview staff, outdoor games for the residents to enjoy, and the chance to be immersed in the beauty of Lake Lenexa in the center of the park.

“No other retirement community does an event like this,” Lakeview Village President James Frazier. “They might take a few of their residents out at a time, but nothing on this scale.”

To make the spring picnic possible, staff planned every detail extensively to provide the same quality of care for their Centerpointe Care Center residents as they do on the Lakeview campus. To facilitate this, Lakeview knew that transportation was key- residents were able to come to and leave the picnic whenever they wanted due to the availability of the Lakeview bus and six rented wheelchair accessible vans. Lakeview Village staff held several fundraisers to raise the money to rent the wheelchair accessible vans.

After the outin­­­g, Frazier described the picnic as a “positive” and “enjoyable” experience for the residents, staff, and volunteers who participated in the event.

“This is a very unique event,” Frazier said. “You have to imagine that when you do an event of this type and scale, the risk goes way up, but we knew that this was the right thing to do.”

Lakeview Will Host a Webinar on Organization and Security

Do you constantly battle clutter? Is it impossible to find any of your important documents? Do you want a simple solution to become more organized? If so, plan to register for the webinar – a webinar that will discuss the value of myDucks and the simplicity of getting all “ducks in a row.”

Lakeview Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lenexa, Kansas, is hosting the June 11 webinar that will explain the benefits of the Lakeview LifeCare program and the Personal Organizer.

This webinar, which can be viewed at 10 a.m. on any laptop, tablet, or computer, will cover how can help people of any age organize their most important documents and information in a simple, user-friendly format.

For people who have multiple files filled with papers, or for those who want to remember the location of their most important documents and passwords, provides users with a Personal Organizer in a notebook and digital thumb drive form.

The Personal Organizer allows users to get their “ducks in a row” by providing sections for important documents, medical history, financial information, final wishes, and many other forms and information.

Colette Panchot from Lakeview Village and Amy Gonzales from will host this webinar. If interested in viewing this webinar, register online here.

All My C.D.s Are Earning Nothing!
Emerson Hartzler

Emerson Hartzler

By Emerson Hartzler

During the past couple of years, as I have had the pleasure of hanging out with folks at our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this lament! Or a companion statement is: “I don’t want to take any risk, but I sure wish my investments were earning more.” I believe this angst is rooted in a fundamental lack of understanding of financial risk. Newsflash: if you have money, you are going to be taking risk. It is absolutely unavoidable.

Now the question becomes: “How much risk can I afford to take?” But before we address the answer to this very legitimate question, we need to be clear about the definition of financial risk. Exactly what is it? Financial risk comes in three major flavors: Inflation, Business and Systemic (I know, now we get “geek speak”). Actually, it’s not really very complex, and anyone with reasonable cognitive skills can understand it.

So let’s take them one at a time. If you put $10,000 under your mattress and take it out ten years later (assuming it hasn’t been stolen by your housekeeper), you will still have $10,000. But it will probably buy about 1/3 less than it does today. That’s called Inflation Risk, and it is the financial risk, as a senior, I fear the most. I only have six years’ experience living on a “fixed income” (I approached my friends at the Social Security office about a quarterly bonus – they were not sympathetic), but the thought of continuing price increases without some corresponding income growth is a bit frightening to me.

The point is, your “safe” investments in C.D.s, Money Market funds, and savings accounts are anything but safe from inflation risk. To mitigate inflation risk you have to look for alternative investments. But if I invest in stock (ownership of a company), what if that company does not prosper or even fails entirely? Now I’ve taken Business Risk and lost it all!

As a lad growing up in Ohio, I can remember the September evenings when the 18-wheelers from the General Motors factory in Detroit would pass through our small town with the new model year cars on board. That was pretty exciting for a teenager looking to get his driver’s license soon. If you told me in 1959 that GM was a risky investment I would have asked you what you were smoking! GM owned the U.S. car market and was making inroads abroad. Yet without the “bailout,” some experts argue, GM would not even exist today. (I hope you don’t own any Detroit municipal bonds, either!)

So business risk is real. However, this is perhaps the easiest risk to mitigate, simply by owning the stocks of a lot of companies, not just one. At last count I owned (tiny pieces of) about 12,000 companies, and I’m pretty sure one or more of those will soon fail. But from a personal financial perspective, I don’t really care.

Finally there is Systemic Risk. The value of all of my 12,000 companies could take a serious hit because the entire stock market is in a swoon. I’ve lived through such market downturns many times in my 45 years of investing, but in my lifetime, the longest such “down period” in the stock market has been about four years. So the antidote to systemic risk is simply to avoid investing money in the stock market when you have a reasonable expectation you will need to spend that money in the next four years or so.

Fortunately, seniors living in a CCRC can predict, with a high degree of probability, what their expenses are going to be during the next few years, and the good news about being on a “fixed income” is it is largely fixed (that is to say, predictable). So it should not be too difficult to determine what funds should stay in those aforementioned “safe” investments (earning little or nothing, but at least being available for spending during the next few years), freeing the remainder of your money to be invested where it can be expected to earn a return well above the historic rate of inflation.

You probably never considered what impact living in a CCRC might have on your ability to earn a reasonable return on your investments. But seniors, you have worked a long time for money. Now it is time for your money to work for you!

Emerson Hartzler, MBA, is a Lakeview Village resident, and, though he lives in a retirement community, he continues working as a financial advisor for Triune Financial Partners, LLC, at Lighton Plaza, 7300 College Blvd., in Overland Park, Kan. Reach Triune at 913-825-6100.

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Lakeview Village Resident Jack Miller Honored for Volunteerism

Lakeview Village resident Jack Miller just celebrated his 90th birthday, but finds that turning another year older does not prevent him from remaining active, healthy, and engaged in the community.

One of Miller’s favorite ways to spend time is to volunteer Wednesday and Friday mornings at Rising Star Elementary School in Lenexa, Kan. Miller has volunteered at least twice a week at the school for the past 11 years, and on April 4, the students and staff celebrated his birthday during a “Jack Miller Day” celebration.

“It was a really wonderful day when I went to school that morning,” Miller said. “Most of the school board was there and a representative of the City of Lenexa thanked me for my service. Then, I was able to see every student in school.”

Lenexa City Council member Steve Lemons presented Miller with a birthday card signed by the Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm and a proclamation that April 4, 2014 will be known as “Jack Miller Day” at Rising Star Elementary School.

After Miller met members of the school board, Rising Star Elementary School Principal Chris Lash took Miller to every classroom to see the children he helps. Many of the students had gifts and cards for Miller.

“Staff and students alike love the opportunity to work with Jack Miller,” Lash said. “He just has a positive energy that is contagious. He has given us so much; it was nice to do something for such a good person.”

In a fifth-grade classroom, Lash asked for students who had been tutored by Miller to raise their hands; almost every student raised a hand.

“It was surprising to see how many students I had worked with, some when they were in the younger grades,” Miller said.

Miller tutors students in all grades on their math skills. He enjoys working with children of different ability levels.

Before volunteering at Rising Star Elementary School, Miller volunteered at Somerset Elementary School in Prairie Village, Kan., for 13 years.

“My favorite part of volunteering is working with the kids,” Miller said. “I just enjoy being around young people all morning for two mornings. I am a retiree and I have time available and I want to use it.”

Miller loved seeing the students on his birthday, but said the “real party started” when he saw the family members who came to Lenexa for his birthday.

On the Saturday following his birthday, Miller’s family gathered in the Tree Top room in Southridge of Lakeview’s campus to throw a party for him. They invited every resident in the community and about 100 guests attended.

“It was a really great party,” Miller said.

Miller, who has lived at Lakeview for more than 11 years, enjoys that the community allows him to be involved on and off campus.

When not volunteering at Rising Star Elementary School, Miller works Monday mornings in Lakeview’s secondhand store, The Whatnot Shop, and volunteers Thursday afternoons in Lakeview’s Child Development Center reading to the children.

A Lenexa Volunteer Hall of Fame Inductee, Miller hopes to remind Lakeview residents that they can be active as retirees.

“I have already recruited four or five people to volunteer at the school,” Miller said. “I help get their feet wet, and they find me after and tell me they love it. There are many ways to get involved here.”

Bearing Fruit: Lakeview Village Teams Up with The Giving Grove to Teach Children About Food Sources
James K. Frazier

James K. Frazier

By James K. Frazier
Lakeview Village president and CEO

One of the special activities provided to the youngsters in Lakeview Village’s Child Development Center is learning where food comes from and how things grow. In recent years we have added raised gardens outside the center behind Eastside Terrace where the children raise vegetables. On May 6 at 9:30 a.m., we are adding a small grove of fruit trees to enhance their learning, provide fruit to them, Lakeview’s dining services, Ridgeview Village and the Johnson County Service Center food pantry. We had originally planned to plant the trees on Thursday, but a torrential downpour forced us to reschedule. Instead, a representative from The Giving Grove read to the children, and showed them examples of the types of fruits the trees they will help plant will soon bear.

How did this come about? Ray Makalous, a board member, introduced the concept to me. Ray is the director of outreach for The Giving Grove, a non-profit whose mission is “to develop replicable models for edible tree gardens, facilitate the implementation of those models by bringing together the needed resources, and provide a portion of the produce from each tree garden to feed those in need.”

Photo Credit: Tom Porter

Photo Credit: Tom Porter

As a result of our collaboration, on May 6 we will be planting a grove behind Eastside Terrace including three Asian pear trees, three Euro pear trees, three apple trees and four cherry bushes. (You can watch the planting from Eastside Terrace or Heritage Activity Center.) The plants have been selected by horticulturalists who work with The Giving Grove because they will best adapt to our local climate, and be disease and pest tolerant.  We anticipate they will begin bearing fruit in about three years. The Giving Grove provides the training on pruning and maintaining the grove, too. Volunteer gleaners will annually pick the upper fruit to be used at the food pantry; Lakeview and Ridgeview may share in some of the fresh bounty; and the children will learn even more about growing nutritious food.

Photo Credit: Tom Porter

Photo Credit: Tom Porter

The Giving Grove is an offshoot of the Kansas City Community Gardens. In 2013, The Giving Grove installed 21 projects throughout the Kansas City area. They hope that their unique sustainable approach to local fresh food production will eventually be replicated nationwide.

Education for our children; fresh produce for Lakeview, Ridgeview and local needy; beautification of the campus; volunteerism and training; cutting-edge advocacy and showing other communities what can be—win, win, win, win, win—it’s the Lakeview way!

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Lakeview Village is Finding its “Chi”
Jackie Halbin

Jackie Halbin

By Jackie Halbin
Lakeview Village Wellness Manager

This year marks our sixth annual observance of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day—a celebration of the slow-moving, stress-reducing exercise that so many Lakeview Village residents enjoy.

In usual Lakeview Village style, we will gather on the back patio of Northpointe, on the Eastside Terrace back patio, on the front lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and at Treetop in Southridge.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate on Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in the Northpointe Fitness Room. Participants from the Tai Chi class will put on a demonstration and then everyone is welcome to join in and learn a few simple Tai Chi moves.

Tai Chi is important because today’s world is being shaken to its foundation by the stress of rapid change, and the pressure to multi-task to the max. Our constant connection to the Internet and social media has become more important—in some respects—than our desire to own or drive a car.

Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi Day, and fellow Kansas City native, learned Tai Chi and Qigong to reduce his own stress and learned the importance of breathing fully. His goal over the last 15 years has been to raise the world’s awareness of the awesome benefits associated with Tai Chi. He designated the last Saturday of the month in April as the day for world celebration and recognition. Starting at 10 a.m. in New Zealand and thereafter around the globe, people will come together to create a clearer, healthier and calmer world with “one breath.”

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Lakeview Village’s Youngest Resident: Bill Leach
Rebecca and Bill Leach

Rebecca and Bill Leach

Although sometimes called a “baby” at Lakeview Village, resident Bill Leach and his wife Rebecca enjoy living at the continuing care retirement community in Lenexa, Kan., and suggested that everyone in their 60s should think about moving into such a community.

Leach, 67, and his wife Rebecca, 71, started their search of continuing care retirement communities a few years ago. Leach’s mother moved into a retirement community when she was 72, and Leach liked the idea of moving to a similar community while he was still young, and could remain active.

Leach put his name down on a waiting list at Lakeview because he was attracted by the beauty of the campus and the community’s Christian background, and eventually received a call that Lakeview was showing new homes. At first he was uninterested in the idea of a home, but, on a whim, he and his wife decided to take a look.

“I’m a gardener so the first thing I did was take a look at the back yard,” Leach recalled. “I was surprised by how spacious it was; there are 150 feet of trees separating us from the next house. My wife turned to me and said, ‘You like it, don’t you?’”

Leach decided then to trade their condo for a new Lakeview home.

“Nothing was in our way; we substituted one home for another,” Leach said.

Lakeview allows Leach to remain active and social, which is one of his favorite parts of living at the community. He is the chairman of the resident council, the second vice president of the financial review committee, and a member of the library board.

“One of my friends here says I know everyone,” Leach said. “I don’t think that that’s true but I have met quite a bit of people. The age difference here doesn’t matter to me. You shouldn’t have to wait until you are 80 to move to a place like this.”

Leach also enjoys the different amenities Lakeview provides to residents, and mentioned the Fitness Center and second-hand store, “The What Not Shop,” as popular places on the Lakeview campus.

“Lakeview has everything,” Leach said. “It is like a town.”

Lakeview provides Leach with the certainty that he and his wife will receive all the services they will need as they age.

“As I get older, if I need to move to an apartment, I will be able to move right in the center of everything,” Leach said. “Lakeview is a continuing care community and that means it’s where I will be will continue to be able to be with my friends.”

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Roth IRA: The 9th Wonder of the World

By Emerson Hartzler

Emerson Hartzler

Emerson Hartzler

The Roth version of the IRA has been around for more than a decade, but is still one of the most misunderstood programs that seniors will encounter. I believe it was Albert Einstein who declared the power of compound interest to be the 8th Wonder of the World. Einstein didn’t live to see the Roth IRA, but I believe he would have declared it Wonder number nine! If an IRA is an important part of your retirement plan, you need to know all about the Roth IRA option.

First, a reminder about the difference between these two IRA options: When you contribute to a “Regular” IRA, the amount contributed is deducted from your gross income, so that only the net amount of income is subject to federal income tax that year. Once the IRA account is established, any earnings that account may have is not subject to income tax, so the power of compound interest is not diminished by taxes. However, when you (or your heirs) withdraw money from the Regular IRA it is considered regular earned income, subject to the tax rate of the person withdrawing the money.

With the Roth IRA option, the amount contributed is NOT deducted from your gross income, so you are essentially “buying” the Roth IRA with dollars after you have paid income tax on your gross earnings. This makes the Roth more “expensive” to “buy” than the regular IRA. As a result, most of us have put our retirement savings into a Regular IRA and called it good.

Now for us seniors who are beginning to withdraw from our IRA’s, the above distinction may seem to be moot – we are no longer contributing, so why should we care what the contribution options are? One word: CONVERSION!

When I moved to my current home in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), I paid a one-time entry fee, and I also began making monthly fee payments. A percentage of each of those fees in a CCRC like mine is tax deductible as a prepaid medical expense. The first year I paid entry and monthly fees more than $200,000, and that tax deduction was huge, lowering my net income below the level at which I would pay any federal income tax at all! To avoid “wasting” my large tax deduction I needed more income in that year, since the medical deduction cannot be held over for use in subsequent years. Enter the IRA to Roth IRA conversion!

I merely withdrew enough money from my Regular IRA to bring my income to the level where I would pay a minimal amount of federal income tax, converting that money to a Roth IRA account. Why do that? The answer lies in the unique advantage of the Roth IRA.

In the future, I will continue to withdraw money from my Regular IRA and pay income taxes on those “earnings.” But what if I want to withdraw only the earnings from my IRA, leaving the principal for my heirs? The good news is that that principal should earn a return, and none of that is taxed until my heirs decide to withdraw it, and then they will have to pay income tax on those “earnings” at their current tax rate. I have not spoken to anyone recently who believes that future tax rates will be less than they are today, so chances are the tax burden to my heirs will be significant.

However, if I can convert money in my Regular IRA to a Roth IRA, at no real “cost” to me (remember the strategy outlined above to create additional income, taking full advantage of the medical deduction), any future earnings from the Roth IRA will accrue without being taxed, just like the regular IRA. But when my heirs withdraw money from the Roth IRA there is NO tax to be paid! I already satisfied the tax obligation when the money was converted from the Regular IRA to the Roth IRA. After that, neither the earnings of the Roth IRA nor the withdrawal from the Roth IRA is taxed!

A realistic example might bring the power of the Roth conversion into better focus. Let’s say you converted $100,000 in the year you moved to a CCRC, taking full advantage of the medical deduction. Then each year for the next 10 years you converted another $20,000, again taking full advantage of the medical deduction and paying no more taxes than you would have otherwise. You would then be able to pass $300,000, plus earnings, say $500,000, of Roth IRA money to your heirs. Assuming their tax rate is 20 percent, they would pay $100,000 in taxes for withdrawing that money from a Regular IRA, but nothing in taxes for withdrawing from a Roth IRA.

Do I have your attention?

Emerson Hartzler, MBA, is a Lakeview Village resident, and, though he lives in a retirement community, he continues working as a financial advisor for Triune Financial Partners, LLC, at Lighton Plaza, 7300 College Blvd., in Overland Park, Kan. Reach Triune at 913-825-6100.

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Stunning History Exhibit Helps Kick Off Lakeview’s Golden Jubilee Celebration

By Jim Price

Construction on Lakeview Village

Construction on Lakeview Village

Part of its 50th anniversary celebration, a new, rich, and varied insight into Lakeview Village’s history is now on display in the Lakeview History Exhibit on the Lower Level of the Eastside Terrace.

The debut of the ongoing exhibit coincided with the birthday party yesterday that kicked off Lakeview’s months-long anniversary celebration.

The exhibit represents an enormous amount of research and coordination work, which primarily took place during the past several months, by a special committee of residents led by Alan Boley and Tom Porter.

“It’s quite an undertaking,” Boley said with a smile, “and we sometimes find ourselves wondering, ‘what in the world have we started?’ But we’re glad we could do what we’ve done, and will continue to do. It’s been very revealing and educational.”

Members of the committee are:

History & Archives Center: Margaret Davisson, Sharon Vojtko and Don Simmons. History Writers: Eldor Kaiser, Ken Smith, Mary Rhea Waller, Lucille Gille, Kay Goodnow and Jo Ann Brown.

History and Art Gallery Display: Tom Porter, Alan Boley, Kay Goodnow and Don Simmons.

Administration Representatives: Shellie Sullivan and Jamie Frazier.

The writers are coordinating their efforts with Margaret Dalke, editor of the Lakeview Journal, which will highlight historical stories in the issues ahead.

The first issue of the Journal in April will feature fascinating write-ups about the founders of Lakeview: Lucille Gille writes about U.S. Grant, and Mary Rhea Waller uncovers the real Kenneth Berg; Eldor Kaiser provides a fascinating look at some of the founders’ foibles, including Berg, and original board member Glen Lindell.

Kay Goodnow is writing an article about the Lakeview Pantry, which was established 30 years ago.

“I’ve enjoyed working on the display, and pulling together the information for these stories,” Goodnow said. “The Pantry has an interesting history too; I think it will make good reading.”

Jo Ann Brown rounds out the writers’ group; one of her topics will be the history of the What Not Shop, a secondhand store run by resident volunteers, one of the most popular venues at Lakeview.

There are more stories to come: Mary Rhea Waller is developing an article about the Lakeview Library, and Ken Smith is working on a variety of human interest stories.

“The stories and the exhibit really represent a celebration of life, and of the lives of the people who have worked to found, grow and improve Lakeview Village,” Smith said.

“There are interesting ties to Wyandotte County that go back even beyond the founding of Lakeview. The stories in the Journal will reveal a lot about the people who made Lakeview possible, and the people who have continued to invest and grow in this community.”

“This has been a relatively informal group of residents who want to help uncover, collect, restore and coordinate materials – pictures, artwork, maps, newspaper articles, materials from archived issues of Lakeview publications – and pull everything together and present a cogent and interesting presentation,” Boley said. “The one common thread is that everything we do is with the people in mind. The physical facilities are the evidence of the work of a lot of people, but for us, the real history is the story of the people and their experiences.”

Members of the group have invested uncounted hours in the project.

While Boley serves as the “ex officio” chair of the committee, Porter has been the group’s photographer and visual media “manipulator;” he’s “re-processed” and improved many very old photographs, and completed the mounting of all the illustrations and photos that are included in the Exhibit.

“Essentially I’ve been upgrading many of the old photos and pictures from the History Room, and then shooting new ones as well,” Porter said. “There’s a wealth of information and materials to work with. And as we roll out new sections of Lakeview history, all of the previous materials will stay up, so the Exhibit will continue to grow and expand as we add to it.”

Margaret Davisson, Sharon Vojtko and Don Simmons have been working to coordinate and categorize the formidable volume of historical materials.

“The range of historic materials is fascinating,” Davisson said. “Our job is to coordinate and organize everything we’ve found. Some of the articles are going into the first two sections of the History Exhibit, but there’s so much more to come. A lot of it will move into the Exhibit through the months ahead. And once materials come down, they’ll be organized and stored in the archives of the History Room we’ve set up in Heritage Place. At least we hope that’s how it will work, we’re doing our best.”

She emphasized, “we’ve had terrific help from Sharon Vojtka and Don Simmons, who have been helping organize and categorize everything, and [the photographer] Tom, and the writers. Alan Boley is guiding the project, and he’s very organized and has such good ideas. They all deserve a medal!”

The group’s hard works lays the groundwork for comprehensive and ongoing Lakeview History Exhibit displays of Lakeview’s history. The materials on display now represent only the first part of collected historical materials that will be revealed in “sections” throughout the next several months.

The first two exhibit sections trace Lakeview’s history, from 1960, to its founding in 1964, and on through 1980. This period covers all the people involved – the founding fathers and members of the early administration – and showcases many maps, pictures and memorabilia of the first physical part of the village, Heritage Place, and through the development of the Lakeview cottages.

The debut of the History Exhibit coincided with the 50th anniversary kickoff party in Heritage Hall. On hand for the event, in addition to the sizable crowd of Lakeview residents and staff were the Board of Directors and several members of the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce.

President and CEO Jamie Frazier spoke briefly at the party about Lakeview’s first 50 years and about the excitement surrounding this special milestone. Jamie reminded everyone of Lakeview’s vision; that Lakeview is “the best place to live, work and grow.”

For Lakeview, there is a lot more celebrating of Lakeview’s Golden Jubilee in the months ahead.

Later this year, on Tuesday, April 29, the What Not Shop will sponsor a “50 Years of Fun” Fashion Show with music and movies highlighting the past five decades.

A gala event, with a live band, dancing, food and fun on Tuesday, October 21, will mark the conclusion of Lakeview’s 50th Golden Jubilee celebration.

Each month from April through October, the historical Committee members will be adding new and exciting elements to the History Exhibit on the Lower Level of the East Side Terrace, as well as providing new historical perspectives in each monthly issue of the Lakeview Journal.

1964: Lakeview, and a whole lot more!
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A lot of major events had passed through the pages and TV screens of the media during 1964, the year Lakeview Village became a reality.

Here a just a few of the highlights:

Lyndon B. Johnson became president in January, after winning a landslide victory over Barry Goldwater, 43 million to 27 million.

The population was just shy of 192 million, and life expectancy was pegged at 70.2 years.

A first-class stamp cost 5 cents, and unemployment stood at a (comparatively) mere 5.7 percent.

Notable deaths that year were Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur and Harpo Marx.

The first prime-time soap opera, “Peyton Place,” debuted on ABC, and the Beatles appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show, launching the “British invasion.” Interestingly, not a single juvenile crime was reported in New York City the night of the group’s appearance.

The Record of the Year and the Song of the Year was “The Days of Wine and Roses” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. Top movies that year were “My Fair Lady” (best picture of the Academy Awards), “Seven Days in May,” and “Dr. Strangelove.” The most popular book (fiction) was “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” by John LeCarre. Charles M. Schultz’s “I Need All The Friends I Can Get” was the most popular in nonfiction.

In sports, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 in the World Series, Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby, and UCLA and Alabama were the top teams in basketball and football, respectively (UCLA went 30-0 that year!). Arnold Palmer won his fourth Masters title. The 1964 Summer Olympics were in Tokyo, Japan, and the Winter Games were in Innsbruck, Austria. Kansas’ own Jim Ryun ran a 3.5 minute mile at the age of 17, foretelling a world-class athletic career.

The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy issues the Warren Report, which concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Jack Ruby is convicted of murder in the slaying of Oswald.

Jimmy Hoffa receives an eight-year sentence for fraud, conspiracy and jury tampering.

The Supreme Court upholds the Civil Rights Act.

The Dow Jones average hits a high of 891; its low as 776. The inflation rate is 1.28 percent.

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev falls from power and is ultimately replaced by Leonid Brezhnev.

Anchorage, Alaska, is hit by a massive 9.2 earthquake.

President Johnson signs the Medicare bill.

The Soviet Union begins using spy satellites.

The World’s Fair is held in New York.

Ford introduces one of its most popular models ever, the Mustang.

Britain and France announce their intention to build a tunnel under the English Channel.

The Surgeon General announces that smoking may lead to major health problems, including lung cancer.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

Washington, D.C. residents vote in a presidential election for the first time.

And at the end of the year, Lakeview became a reality. 1964 . . . what a year!

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Coming Home: Lakeview Village Resident Moves into Community Apartment Enjoyed by her Mom
Lakeview Village Resident Sharon Camp

Lakeview Village Resident Sharon Camp

Although it’s pretty common to hear about a son or daughter moving into their parents’ longtime home, it’s pretty rare to hear about a son or daughter who chooses to move into their parents’ former retirement community apartment—which is just what Sharon Camp did.

The Lakeview Village resident, who has lived in the Lenexa, Kan., community since 2008, said it wasn’t a difficult decision to move into her parents’ former apartment at the continuing care retirement community, which is celebrating 50 years serving the community this year.

“I moved to Lakeview because my parents lived here and I knew that it was a really nice community to live,” Sharon Camp shared.

And Camp isn’t alone. There are several Lakeview Village residents who were likewise inspired to move to community after seeing the amenities Lakeview offered their parents and family members during their time here. The group of “second-generation” residents recently got together for tea and conversation.

Sharon Camp’s Story

Camp said she made her decision to move to Lakeview Village five years ago, confident that the community would provide her with “outstanding service” in an environment she knew.

“Lakeview reaches out to people and ensures that residents are put first,” Camp said. “There are a variety of activities here and the staff at Lakeview wants everyone to get involved.”

Camp keeps herself busy; she is one of the residents in charge of the on-campus library. When not working in the library, she divides her time between participating in Lakeview’s fitness and extracurricular programs and reading on the campus grounds.

Above all, Camp appreciates the commitment provided by Lakeview staff and the friendliness of the entire community.

“The people, the camaraderie at Lakeview, stands out the most,” Camp said.

Lakeview Today

When Lakeview opened its doors in 1964, its first residents moved into the building now known as Heritage Place.

Current residents enjoy several new and improved buildings added to the campus in recent years, including the addition of a new nursing care center, three new apartment buildings, garden cottages and villas.

In 2010, Lakeview introduced the Community Wellness Center, which provides residents amenities such as a bistro, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation services, a swimming pool and a fitness center.

According to residents like Camp, one thing that has not changed about Lakeview is the community’s commitment to quality care.

“Lakeview provides as excellent service now as when my parents lived here, if not more so,” Camp said.