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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…

Wine and Dinner Reception for Prospective Residents

Wine & DineProspective residents of Lakeview Village will be treated to a special dinner and wine pairings at several upcoming events, during which they will learn more about the continuing care retirement community.

Lakeview Village is excited to host several wine and dine events, where prospective residents will watch a presentation on the community and ask any questions they have about resident life. Before the presentation, the guests will be treated to a three-course dinner prepared by Lakeview’s talented dining services team and sample wines selected by a professional sommelier.

Sam Austin, the executive head chef of Lakeview Village, designed the menu and wanted to ensure that the meal would be complemented with a variety of wine for the prospective residents to enjoy. Chris Schoenster, a sommelier and representative of Worldwide Wine & Spirits, picked out several wines that would enhance the different courses.

For the first course, prospective residents will be served a salad of sliced tenderloin served over a bed of mixed greens and house vegetables served with homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side. This course is paired with Oak Grove Chardonnay.

The main course of the meal is a chicken spiedini served over citrus scented rice pilaf with a side of roasted vegetables. Casal Garcia Rose wine will be the paring for this dish.

Desert will be a choice of classic crème brulee or chocolate baskets served with either a Riando Blu Prosecco or a Stump Jump Sticky Chardonnay.

Centerpointe Residents Go Back to School Shopping to Help Staff
back-to-school-shoppingLakeview Village residents have been back to school shopping… for the children of Lakeview staff members.
Residents in Lakeview’s Centerpointe Care Center like to do events and fundraisers to give back to the community. In the past, residents have knit blankets and run food drives, but they decided that they wanted to do something that would also support their staff members.
“The residents feel like they are making a difference,” Pam Hermon, the assistant director of health services at Lakeview Village said. “They were overwhelmed by how much money Lakeview employees had to spend on school supplies, and they wanted to help.”
 For the past few weeks, residents have been collecting and purchasing supplies, and will present the new supplies at a back to school party on Friday, August 1.
Centerpointe residents have found creative ways to raise money and supplies for the drive.  They hosted a supplies competition between staff and residents to see who could get the most school supplies and had “penny wars” between Centerpointe residents and independent living residents to raise money. Centerpointe residents also organized a spaghetti dinner and the proceeds from the meal went towards the supplies drive.
“We are the only retirement community in the area I know that is doing an event like this,” Hermon said.
Though Centerpointe residents organized the drive and event, the entire community helped. Independent living residents helped Centerpointe residents sort through the supplies and organize items into grade appropriate piles.
More than 90 children between kindergarten and eighth grade will receive supplies because of the drive.
“The entire Village came together to make this happen,” Hermon said.
Staying Strong and Fit at Lakeview Village
Lakeview Village president and CEO

Jamie Frazier

For more than 50 years, Lakeview has worked hard to provide a continuing care retirement community that promotes wellness and an active lifestyle among its residents. Wellness is achieved in many areas: intellectual, social, vocational, spiritual, physical, and emotional. Approximately 85 percent of our residents actively participate in at least one of our wellness programs!

Opportunities to sustain physical fitness are found throughout the campus and include a myriad of activities. One of the best opportunities is strength and cardiovascular training, at our state-of-the-art fitness center, which provides numerous machines to keep hearts and muscles strong.
The cardio equipment gets the heart rate up and can accommodate both sitting and standing positions. Our trained fitness employees provide assessments and customized fitness plans for our residents, showing them how to easily set the machines and use each one.  
Many of the popular fitness machines are our pneumatic machines geared toward strength training. They are operated with a compressor that provides air via tubes underneath the floor. These machines are very quiet, but more importantly, they allow for extremely easy resistance adjustment. Residents simply press buttons with their thumb to increase or decrease resistance. This is unlike more traditional weight-training equipment, which requires the user to adjust cables and move weights and metal pegs. Our machines are much safer (and more fun!) to use.
Our fitness center is also available to our employees and Priority Circle future residents so they too can enjoy the benefits. The fitness center is just one way among many that our residents prolong a healthy, active lifestyle.
Want to find out more about Lakeview Village?  Give us a call at 913-888-1900 to set up a tour!
Comedian and Story Teller Mary Lou Anderson Entertains Lakeview Priority Circle
Mary Lou Anderson

Mary Lou Anderson

Mary Lou Anderson, an accomplished comedian and storyteller, decided to use her funny bone to write about her experiences getting older in “Two Hairs Talking on an Old Head,” and recently read excerpts of the book to future residents of Lakeview Village.

“Two Hairs talking on an Old Head” chronicles the lives of several characters in a series of stories, or “ditties” as Anderson calls them, that highlight the funny quirks of aging.

Prospective residents and staff members thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Those in attendance also sampled light refreshments during the reading.

 Anderson’s ditties combine a mix of creativity, rhyme, and humor into short stories. For added comedy, “Grandpa,” Mary Lou’s puppet, narrated one of the ditties.

Always trying to find a humorous spin, Anderson began writing entertaining monologues about adolescence when she was in middle school. She employs a similar comedic tone when writing about her current age group.

Anderson is well known around the Kansas City region for her work on the children television shows “41 Treehouse Lane” and “Mother Nature Show” which aired in the 1970s.

Watch a clip of Anderson perform at another area retirement community here.

If you are interested in learning more about Lakeview Village or attending an event like this, call 913-888-1900 to schedule a visit!

Personal Finance: Back to the Basics

Emerson Hartzler

By Emerson Hartzler

For 44 years I worked in the corporate world dealing with complex financial issues.  Corporate finance is complex, but many decisions are easy, once the financial information is available. During the past 7 years I have found personal finance to be very different from corporate finance.  It’s pretty simple (unless you are really intent on creating your own confusion!), but decisions are not easy!

First of all, personal finance is, well, personal. Corporate executives typically make decisions based on the “cold, hard facts” and while I would not suggest that all executives have ice water running through their veins, sometimes it helps when gut-wrenching decisions have to be made! By contrast, every decision in personal finance involves some degree of emotion. Add a spouse, children and grandchildren to the equation, and you’ve got real challenges!

So how do you introduce some objectivity into personal finance? I would suggest, as a first step, understanding the basics of personal finance – the “True North” on the financial compass. I promised it was simple, and so it is:

  1. Spend less than you earn
  2. Avoid the use of debt
  3. Save for emergencies and major purchases
  4. Plan & Invest long term
  5. Give generously and systematically

Oh, and by the way, you need to do this every day for the rest of your life. I said simple, not easy. So let’s unpack these five basic tenets.

Spend less than you earn:

Well, duh, you say? The problem is you and I are subject to a literal barrage of messages daily (hourly!) trying to convince us that today (just today; tomorrow will be different) we can spend more than we earn. I know people who have done this for a decade or more, and while it inevitably ends badly, they have a great time while it lasts! The simple (there’s that word again!) fact remains, you can’t possibly comply with rules 3 through 5 if you don’t obey rule 1. Sadly, most people I meet don’t.

Avoid the use of debt:

Wow! Is this ever countercultural! Everyone knows you can’t live without your credit cards. And what would life be without “points”? The simple (that word again!) truth is credit cards were invented because merchants and banks knew people would spend more if they weren’t limited to the cash on hand, but could borrow against the future. The second most dangerous threat to rule #1 is credit cards. (The first is the student loan, but that’s a story for another chapter.)

Most of my friends carry multiple credit cards and use them daily, solemnly swearing that:

  • They never fail to pay them off each month, avoiding all interest and penalties.
  • They really don’t spend any more money than they would if they had to produce cash (or a debit card, actually having money in the bank) for each transaction.

Yet, according to Dun & Bradstreet , consumers spend 12% to 18% more with plastic versus cash, and the average household credit card debt balance for households that use credit cards is north of $15,000. So one of two things is in play here. Either I have a very select group of friends, or my friends may be inclined to lie about other things too.

Save for emergencies and major purchases:

In 2005 in the aggregate, American households saved a paltry 1.5% of their disposable income, and while that number is currently up over 4%, it is trending lower again. In 2010 only 52% of households saved anything for emergencies or major purchases. So if you can’t “afford” to save anything before “life happens”, when it does, out comes the plastic (or the Home Equity Loan), and now you have debt payments further burdening your already inadequate monthly cash flow. What a nightmare scenario!

When one of my clients has a budget suffocating in debt payments, I often recast it without any debt payments. Now I can’t magically make those payments go away, but having a vision of a better future can be a powerful motivator. Typically the clients would see an amazing amount of free cash flow, were they not burdened with their past violations of rules #1 and #2.

A question I often get from clients is: “Can I afford to buy (fill in the blank)?” The (universally unpopular) answer is always: “Can you write the check?” If not, you’ve answered your own question. Pretty simple, and when your monthly budget contains a healthy savings component, the answer is much more likely to be yes, because I’ve saved the money in advance of the purchase.

Plan & Invest Long Term:

In the race between the tortoise and the hare, the tortoise wins every time you read the book. To paraphrase Warren Buffet, “The stock market is very effective at taking money from the impatient and giving it to the patient.” The term “long term investor” is redundant. Many people get so excited about investing they skip rule #3 (saving) and go directly to investing. Big mistake, and here I speak from personal experience.

If you have a reasonable expectation that you will need some serious money for an emergency, a major purchase, or anything else in the next three years or so, there is no way those funds should be in the stock market, or any investment carrying similar risk. Murphy’s Law rules the planet, and inevitably, when you need the money the most, the stock market will be in retreat. Historically the market has tended to recover within five years, but in the interim, you need to be able to ride out the storm.

The good news is that once you have savings to cover your shorter term needs, you can take a bit more risk (and expect higher returns), with your investment dollars.

Give generously & systematically:

While this is not really counter-cultural (people in our country are the most generous people on earth), it may at first seem counter-intuitive. If I am trying to build wealth, isn’t giving it away the financial equivalent of “shooting myself in the foot?” The answer lies in two human emotions that, if left unchecked, will destroy any financial plan: Fear and greed.

Fear can be mitigated by education. For example, if I know the history of how the capital markets work, the next market downturn will be no surprise, and I will be less likely to sell out, fearing my investments will run to zero.

Greed is a bit more insidious. However, many have found that giving is the best antidote to greed. If you are personally involved with helping people less financially fortunate than you, a re-examination of your budget “needs” may transform some of those to “wants”, and the margin in your budget may suddenly expand. Personally, I have experienced the greatest joys in life when I am able to give to others. The gift may be time, attention, labor or money. But compared to other line items in my budget, giving has the highest rate of return, hands down!


So that’s it: Five simple steps to financial success. Today it’s the “road less traveled”, but the trip is a whole lot more joy-filled!

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.

Learn more about Lakeview Village–the senior neighborhood of choice, and the largest retirement community in Kansas–by visiting our website at lakeviewvillage.org, or checking us out on Facebook.

Lakeview myDucks Recap

Lakeview Village

Earlier this month, Lakeview Village hosted a webinar for residents, staff, and guests to help them organize what can feel like endless clutter and disorder.

What was the myDucks webinar?

The webinar was presented by Colette Panchot, Lakeview Village’s director of sales and marketing and Amy Gonzalez, myDucks.org representative.

Viewers of the webinar learned the value of myDucks.org, which allows users a simple way to organize their important documents, paperwork, and passwords into a digital and print personal organizer. The webinar demonstrated how people using myDucks.org can scan and upload documents into the personal organizer on their computer. Drawers filled with medical history forms and file folders crammed with bills can now fit into a small thumb drive. 

What is the value of myDucks.org?

If you are experiencing a move, a change in health, or a general life transition, it is a great time to get your “ducks in a row” and organize your most important paperwork to help ease the transition.

To learn more about myDucks.org, click here.

What are other events and activities at Lakeview?

Every day, Lakeview residents enjoy a variety of opportunities, such as: exercise classes, speeches, trips, and a list over 90 groups and activities to join. To find out about other great events happening at Lakeview, join their email list or give them a call at 913-888-1900.

Learn more about Lakeview Village–the senior neighborhood of choice, and the largest retirement community in Kansas–by visiting our website at lakeviewvillage.org, or checking us out on Facebook

Military Couple Finds Home at Lakeview

Larry Lust spent 35 years as an active duty member for the United States Army. During those 35 years, his wife, Cathy, set up 24 different homes, moving wherever the Army needed them. Recently, the couple chose a more permanent place to live- Lakeview Village, a continuing care retirement community.

Cathy was the first to explore Lakeview Village. When she returned home after a thoroughly enjoyable visit, Mr. Lust felt compelled to check out Lakeview. He was “sold” on moving to Lakeview Village after experiencing firsthand the friendliness of the residents and staff and researching the high ratings the community had on the U.S. News and World Report.

“My wife likes it here,” Mr. Lust said. “She set up 24 homes while I was on active duty. Those were 24 moves where things could break, or get lost. Living somewhere she likes improves my quality of life.”

Though he retired from active duty in 1993, Mr. Lust still works as an associate professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas. Fort Leavenworth is only 45 minutes away from Lakeview, which is a convenient commute for Larry.

Coming from a military background, Mr. Lust was pleasantly surprised to see the similarities between the armed forces and Lakeview Village, including the strength and camaraderie of the community.

“There are good folks that live here; their qualities are just as good as the folks I knew in the military,” Mr. Lust said. “They’re concerned, they care about their country and others around them. They are [people] of all different backgrounds, just like in the military.”

Larry knew he wanted to check out area retirement communities after seeing the work his wife did to care for her parents when they got older. He “did not want to put [his] sons through” having to care for him or his wife over the years, and is “very pleased” that they chose Lakeview as their new home.

The 26th and final move for the Lusts will be when they move into their permanent villa at Lakeview, which is being remodeled and will be ready for the couple later this summer.

“My whole life, especially in the military, has been about how to achieve expectations,” Mr. Lust said. “And Lakeview does just that.”

Learn more about Lakeview Village–the senior neighborhood of choice, and the largest retirement community in Kansas–by visiting our website at lakeviewvillage.org, or checking us out on Facebook.