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Lakeview Village, Recognized as One of the “Top 5 'Best in Wellness' senior living communities in North America”

Lakeview Village has won the 2020 ICAA NuStep Pinnacle Award, which recognizes and honors the Top 5 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America. It means that Lakeview Village is among only five communities across the nation recognized as best-in-class for successfully fostering a wellness-centered environment to benefit all who live and work in their community. The award was created as a joint effort between International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep, LLC.

Here’s what this prestigious honor really means. Lakeview Village is a shining example when it comes to the seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, vocational and environmental.

Jackie Halbin, Living Well Manager at Lakeview Village, heads the team of many staff and residents to fulfill the dimensions of wellness. “It truly takes a village to make wellness happen.  I know Lakeview is a special place and that is why I am so happy for our staff and residents to be recognized as “Best in Wellness” even during a pandemic”, said Jackie.

Wellness comes from a community that supports a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. It also comes from individual intention to live a purposeful life. Lakeview Village residents contribute their individual unique skill sets and life knowledge to enrich their community and instill overall wellness with each other. Residents started the Bike Club, the Woodworking Shop, every Lakeview University continued education course offered and then some. Lakeview Village knows this award wouldn’t be possible without their residents too.

“Overall wellness and quality of life is increasingly important to our current and future residents.” said Robbie Clausen, CEO, Lakeview Village Inc. “We’re extremely proud of for being recognized for the quality we offer every day.  To be top 5 in North America shows our commitment to wellness.”

 

To give you an idea of how wellness infiltrates the everyday lifestyle of Lakeview Village residents, here’s a ‘story’ about Martin which provides an example of how residents live a purposeful life.

Meet Martin. Martin begins his day with something to wet his whistle…20 laps in the indoor heated saltwater pool. The convenience of a short walk to dive in makes his fitness routine easy to manage.  Besides, swimming is his favorite way to wake up. His Lakeview Village personal fitness trainer suggested it when Martin told him he was on the swim team as a kid.

After breakfast, Martin heads into his Lakeview University investment class.  There are nine residents attending this spring semester course, and today they’ll discuss investing in stocks versus bonds. Martin had no idea all those years as an investment banker would turn into a course that his peers would be interested in. He knew it would help keep his mind active. He’s surprised how much he enjoys being a ‘professor.’ His class is just one of more than a dozen different courses residents teach at Lakeview Village.

After class, Martin heads to the other school on campus – the Child Development Center where his wife Margie is volunteering today. He promised to come by for story time and read to the kids. Little Owen loves when Martin shows up. His mother has been working at Lakeview Village since she got out of college and having Owen nearby is not only convenient but it’s comforting to know that her son is receiving intergenerational love from volunteers like Margie and Martin.

On his way to lunch, Martin swings by the Art Studio and Gallery to see how his watercolor turned out since it’s had time to dry overnight.  Not bad for a guy who never picked up a paint brush until retirement!  He chuckles at the thought of a little role reversal and plans to give it to his son to post it on his refrigerator.

At the Bistro, Martin runs into Allen who asks if he’s going to try out their Bible Study group tonight. Martin and Margie love the church services on Sunday at Lakeview Village and he’s content with a combination of that and the great outdoors to fill his soul. He often takes the dog for a walk on the 3.5 miles of trails around campus. Martin politely thanks Allen and passes on his offer.

After lunch, Martin stops by the Bocce Ball court.  Not so much to participate but to catch up with the guys, after all, the Kansas Jayhawks squeaked out a victory last night and with the Big 12 coming to town, there’s a lot to armchair analyze.

The Lakeview Village resident newsletter mentioned a new batch of books had arrived in the library, so Martin swings by to check out a copy of the latest Jim Gray book, then heads back home to rest, read and check on his dog Rowan. Eight years ago, Margie nudged Martin to get the dog and thought it would be fun to pay homage to the comedy team from their era – Rowan & Martin. Plus, she wanted Martin to have a companion on his evening walks around campus.

At 4:00 p.m. Margie arrives home tuckered out after a busy day with little ones, but she wouldn’t skip the opportunity to spend time with the kids for anything. She says it keeps her young. She freshens up in time for the two of them to make their 5:00 reservation. They’re meeting Bob and Nancy for dinner tonight.  Now that they’ve all been inoculated against Covid-19 – thanks to the Lakeview Village vaccine rollout – they’re back to spending more time with friends face to face.  Bob and Martin discuss their basketball tournament brackets while Margie and Nancy discuss plans to get their hands dirty in their designated raised garden beds.  Spring is just around the corner and they have a lot of new beginnings to look forward to in their first year living at Lakeview Village.

 

If you could picture yourself in Martin or Margie’s shoes, then the Lakeview Village retirement life might be for you. To find out, give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to explore opportunities with you. To learn more about the lifestyle at Lakeview and what makes it a “Top 5 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America” click here.

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