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Lakeview Village to be included in a landmark study on Life Plan Communities

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is partnering with Northwestern University in conducting the Age Well Study, a five-year analysis of the impact of living in a Life Plan Community.

The Age Well Study is the only national longitudinal study evaluating the impact of living in a Life Plan Community on residents’ cognitive, physical, and psychosocial health and well-being. The Age Well Study measures residents’ self-reported health and wellness metrics through a survey taken annually for five years. Results will be compared to a demographically similar sample drawn from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) conducted by the University of Michigan.

This invaluable information will be used to improve the senior living industry.

First-year results are in and they spell good news for Life Plan Community residents. Initial results show:

  • 69% of residents reported that moving to a Life Plan Community “somewhat or greatly improved” their social wellness.
  • Life Plan Community residents tend to have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than their community-dwelling counterparts.
  • Residents report significantly more healthy behaviors than community dwellers (not just more exercise).

Lakeview Village was approached by Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging, to be a part of “The Age Well Study”.   Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is seeking Life Care Communities to join 80 other such communities (like Lakeview) across the country in a landmark longitudinal study that will determine the effects of living in a Life Care Community on residents’ long-term health and wellness.  They are currently working with other communities from 30 states, but Kansas was not represented, so they chose Lakeview and offered us the spot to join the study.   In return for participating, Lakeview will receive information and insights, including an individualized report comparing our Lakeview data with all of the other participating Life Care Communities, as well as older adults living in the community-at-large.

You can learn more about it at www. theagewellstudy.com

Lakeview Village achieved top marks from U.S. News

Superior service and care by U.S. News and World Report named Lakeview Village as Best Nursing Home and Best Overall & Short-Stay Rehabilitation on a national evaluation.

U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 facilities throughout the country and rated most of them in two different areas: overall care and short-stay rehabilitation.

Facilities were considered Best Nursing Homes if they were rated high performing in either the Overall or Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating and not rated worse than average in the other.

A total of 2,975 facilities were recognized by U.S. News as Best Nursing Homes – 1,837 in overall care and 1,874 in short-stay rehab. 736 nursing homes received this designation in both overall and short-stay care.

Lakeview Village is one of 736 that received both honors out of 15,000. Lakeview Village CEO, Jamie Frazier said, “This doesn’t just happen – it is because of the service and dedication of our Lakeview employees on a daily basis! What a great accomplishment for everyone here at Lakeview Village!!”

Best Nursing Homes Link: https://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes/search?location=66215

New Project Features Stockholm Villas

Lakeview Village is redeveloping near the community’s signature, three-acre lake. The site will include the addition of eight 1,600 square foot villas from Don Julian Builders. Five of these homes have already been reserved. They include custom finishes inside and out, such as 10-foot ceilings, walk-in showers, fireplace, eat-in kitchen with island and walk-in pantry, all at the base price. Each villa features two bedrooms and two fully accessible baths. A one-car garage is standard. All of these homes feature an optional basement finish.

The Stockholm
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath

At 1,598 square feet, this new floor plan is sure to become a favorite. A spacious hearth room and adjoining kitchen are the heart of this floor plan. The one-car garage is oversized, as is the walk-in closet in the master bedroom. The master bath offers double sinks. The covered porch is perfect for relaxing outdoors and has easy access to the backyard, which is a short walk to a three-acre lake.

Please let us know if you would like to learn more about this opportunity.

To learn how to get the most out of your retirement, call today to get your free information kit.
(913) 744-2449

Jim & Mary Birkhead Had Every Intention of Staying in Their Overland Park Home

After Touring Retirement Communities, They Changed Their Minds

Jim and Mary Birkhead called Overland Park home for 50 years. Expecting to stay in their house for the duration of their retirement, the Birkheads purchased a home with a master bedroom on the first floor, so, if needed, they could live on one level of their residence as they aged.

“We really thought we would stay there,” Jim said.

As time passed, however, the BIrkheads were spending a lot of time maintaining their residence.

“We had a lawn service and a housekeeper, but it was still a big job,” Mary said.

When Mary started to experience some back pain, she no longer wanted to cook every night or clean up the kitchen. It was at this point that, despite their prior plan to remain in their home, Jim and Mary realized they hadn’t done enough research to rule out a move to a retirement community.

“We picked five retirement communities to visit, near our church and St. Luke’s South, where our doctors practiced,” Jim said.

As the couple visited communities, Jim started to put together a spreadsheet evaluating each option available, including staying put in their home in Overland Park.

“When all was said and done,” Jim said, “Lakeview Village was the best.”

The Birkheads liked Lakeview’s location on 100 acres in a residential neighborhood. As proud dog owners to their pooch, Corky, the couple was pleased with the green spaces for exploring. They appreciated the convenience of attached garage parking, and were comforted with the knowledge that future healthcare is available on-site, should they need it.

But at the end of the day, it was the people at Lakeview Village who sold Jim and Mary on their move.

“We were here, just walking around, and people would be out on their balconies reading a book and say hello like they’d known us forever,” Mary said.

Corky, the couple’s dog, made a smooth transition to their new apartment. Jim had been worried that she wouldn’t adjust, because she was used to a large, fenced-in backyard and a doggie door that allowed her access to the outdoors whenever she wanted. Happily, Corky is thriving in her new home, where neighbors bring her treats, and she receives lots of extra attention from fellow residents.

Jim is quick to point out that the couple didn’t have to move, they chose to move once they discovered the friendly community at Lakeview Village.

Don’t move to Lakeview Village too late!


When considering a move to Lakeview Village, the question of timing often arises. Lakeview Village is designed for residents to move in when they are still independent, before there is any need for assistance. Lakeview LifeCare™, the hallmark of life at Lakeview Village, requires residents to pass a medical and financial screening. Because of this, the greater risk to potential residents is moving too late.

Resident Story: Jane & Ed Hitzelberger

My husband was tired of the G’s: The grind of cleaning gutters, mowing grass, taking out the garbage and buying groceries. We put our name on the waiting list for Lakeview Village, the place we knew we wanted to be…eventually. We had heard, “sooner rather than later,” and “don’t wait too long.” It made sense, but excuses kept interfering with our plan. The economy didn’t seem quite right, the thought of a move sounded overwhelming, and/or the children would be upset if we sold the home they grew up in.

We procrastinated, and gambled on our health holding steady. Unfortunately, a sudden stroke changed everything. We had waited too long. Now what?

The problem was that now only one of us qualified for unlimited Lakeview LifeCare™. We were still able to move to Lakeview Village, but the security of LifeCare – for both of us– had always been part of our plan, and it was no longer available.

Our children jumped right in to help with everything. The house sold, the move went smoothly and the responsibility of taking care of a home was off our shoulders.

Today, we urge prospective residents to decide to move in time to enjoy the activities and friendships of an active community. Being a part of a nurturing community helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle, and our children are relieved that we are settled where we want to be, and they didn’t have to make decisions on our behalf.

Be aware, there is a point where you have waited too long to decide. We were guilty of not following our own advice, but now we are moved in and settled. We are just glad.

Resident Receives Award

Dr. Mani Mani, pictured with his wife Rebekah, is a 2018 Honoree for the 70 over 70 awards.

We are pleased to announce that Lakeview Village resident Dr. Mani Mani has been selected as a 2018 Honoree for the Shepherd’s Center of KC Central inaugural 70 over 70 awards.

Mani Mani, M.D. is professor emeritus in the KU Department of Plastic Surgery. Born in India, Dr. Mani graduated from Christian Medical College in Vellore in 1961 and completed general surgery training there in 1964. While training under the renowned Paul Wilson Brand, M.D., he crossed paths with David Robinson, M.D. That relationship led to an invitation to visit KU Medical Center in 1969 for plastic surgery training and decades of partnership and innovation.

Upon completing his residency, Dr. Mani returned to India. In 1972, Dr. Robinson visited Dr. Mani and asked him to join the faculty at KU. After moving his family to Kansas in 1974, Dr. Mani was selected the medical director for the Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center. The protocols for contemporary burn care he developed at the burn center were ultimately adopted as the standard of care by every city, hospital, ambulance, and fire department in the state of Kansas. It then became the standard of care in many parts of the U.S. and abroad including Malaysia, Australia, Kyrgyzstan, and India

Although Dr. Mani officially retired in 1999, he remains active on campus including as a regular lecturer and with his involvement in telemedicine initiatives for the Department of Plastic Surgery with residents around the world.

Dr. Mani and his wife Rebekah have been active residents of Lakeview Village retirement community since August 2015. The Mani’s continue to travel periodically to Vellore, India where he consults on the programs and further development of the Christian Medical College. He is active in the Lakeview community, recently giving presentations on end-of-life issues and addressing the high school graduates who receive college scholarships from Lakeview Village residents. He has also presented travelogues about the countries he has visited and their distinctive cultures.

They Shall Still Bear Fruit in Old Age (Psalm 92:14a)

The food pantry at New Haven Seventh Day Adventist Church started by Lakeview Village resident Faye Martin.

A quiet, unassuming woman lives among us, yet she lives an extraordinary-ordinary life as a champion of serving others. She is 81 years young and resides on the third floor in Heritage at Lakeview Village. Despite her recent hip surgery, she embodies God’s mission to lovingly promote human flourishing since 1962. How is that possible, you may ask? Let me tell you a story about the life of Faye Martin.

By Paula Holmgren-Silvey

Traveling back in history a bit, Faye is called upon to serve during the formative years of a new Johnson County hospital, located at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Interstate 35. In 1962, an opportunity opens up for Faye to assume the position of development of the OB Department at the newly formed hospital. Within three months, Faye is promoted to Director of Nursing. She stays in this position for nine months, organizing the department before leaving to pursue other career goals. Later Faye returns to the hospital, now renamed the Shawnee Mission Medical Center, where she serves the folks of Johnson County for 37 consecutive years from 1967-2004.

In 2004, Faye retires from the hospital to care fulltime for her husband, who contracts bone cancer. It is a precious time for Faye as she serves her husband until his eventual passing in 2011.

After the death of her husband, Faye continues to serve others. While driving to church one morning in 2013, she is struck with a deep thought. Faye believes that God is speaking into her mind and telling her to start a food pantry at her local church.

When she reaches her church, the New Haven Seventh Day Adventist Church, Faye relates her desire to start a food pantry for needy residents in Johnson County. Indeed, she already knows about the many needs right in her own community because of her years serving at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

This outreach to the needy within her community should be a holistic ministry, Faye explains, to not only their physical needs but also to their spiritual needs. Pastor Nunes confirms Faye’s desire and tells her that she was already planning to call Faye on the telephone that very week to discuss this possibility!

Ministry to Physical Needs

Thus, the food pantry begins in a small closet at the church and initially ministers to 7-8 needy folks. In the beginning days, the church pastor purchases food across the street at the local Price Chopper on 87th Street. Under Faye’s leadership, others within the congregation also help.

Since those beginning days, the New Haven Church’s food pantry has grown to currently serve over 100 families in the local Johnson County area. Faye encourages the folks coming to the pantry from other areas to find food resources within their own communities. However, nobody will be refused.

New Haven Church ministers to a varied group of guests. There is a community of Hispanics as well as a community of Russian immigrants who regularly visit the pantry. A Russian volunteer helps to translate. The church receives food from Harvesters, Walmart, Natural Grocers, and Panera Bread. In addition, some of the gardeners at Lakeview Village donate their fresh garden vegetables. Twice each month, Harvesters brings a large pallet of boxed food for drive-thru. At Christmas, children receive a bag of toys, with color books or a reading book as a gift from the church.

Ministry to Spiritual Needs

As an outgrowth of Faye’s leadership, a group of prayer intercessors begin meeting together on a weekly basis to pray for incoming individuals and families that regularly visit the pantry. Since those beginning days, the church develops a website that lists the prayer requests of these needy individuals. For example, some ask for prayer to be healed of physical afflictions, or for healing of relational issues among family members, or requests to be baptized.

As a result of these prayer requests, the church for the past two years has been offering clothing, shoes, and toys for the children free of charge through their small clothes closet. Faye thoughtfully smiles and says, “it is the hope of New Haven Church that these folks will wear the clothing to job interviews.”

Maintaining Dignity and Self-Respect

Faye believes it is important for these guests of New Haven Church to retain their self-respect and dignity as they accept these gifts of food and loving care of the church. Faye explains that “this ministry has NOT been designed as simply a grocery store, but rather a place of healing for families.”

One of the many ways that New Haven Church carries this theme of dignity and respect for their guests is to allow the family members to pick what foods they like. Faye notes that “our guests shouldn’t be mandated to accept something that their family members may be allergic to or simply not enjoy eating.”

In addition, Faye continues to be physically present each Tuesday when the church opens its doors for the weekly food distribution. She has cultivated many new friendships among these people groups. Faye relates that “we receive thoughtful expressions of thankfulness for the church’s ministry.” Faye also notes that she derives personal satisfaction from helping the guests that arrive each week at the church.

As a thoughtful apprentice of Jesus Christ, Faye maintains her core calling to promote human flourishing. She practices the biblical mandate to care for the poor and needy among us. She is spunky and determines to be a trail-blazer. She reminds one of the Old Testament prophet, Zechariah, who inspires a small group of discouraged Israelites who return to Israel from captivity in Babylon. They are returning to rebuild the temple and to rededicate their lives to the LORD. Zechariah declares, “For who despises the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10 NKJV).

Faye certainly trail-blazes through the days of small beginnings of a Johnson County hospital based on the Adventist Health System philosophy of the “Whole Person Health,” known today as the Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She trail-blazes though the small beginnings of a food-closet at New Haven Church that initially ministers to 7-8 needy folks but now serves over 100 families in the Johnson County area today. Truly, Faye Martin lives an extraordinary-ordinary life as a poster-child for Psalms 92:14-15:
“They shall still bear fruit in old age: they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the LORD is upright…” (Psalm 92:14 NKJV).

Would you like to help the downtrodden and the disenfranchised that live among us in Johnson County? Consider donating a portion of your produce from the Lakeview Village gardens or perhaps canned goods or a clothing donation. Please contact Faye Martin at 913-909-7977 or email her at fayemartin@everestkc.net.

You’ve Decided to Move — Now What?

Lakeview Village teamed up with Brian Walton at Assisted Moving of Kansas City to develop a free guide to help you downsize your life and “upsize” your lifestyle. Reading this step-by-step guide is the first step in “rightsizing” into your new home. When considering a move to a retirement community, the actual act of moving can be a roadblock. That’s why we’ve included helpful tips and checklists to help make your move a smooth one.

Why wait? Download your comprehensive guide to managing your move today.

Cycling allows Lakeview Village residents to stay in shape, enjoy the great outdoors

Al Pope can frequently be spotted riding his bike around the Lakeview Village community for exercise.

While physical fitness is just one part of total wellbeing, it is likely the first component people consider when thinking about wellness. There are many opportunities to improve physical fitness at Lakeview Village, including group exercise classes, aquatic fitness and a well-equipped gym. Some days, however, nothing beats the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. In those situations, cycling is a great way to burn calories, build strength and enjoy the great outdoors.

Al Pope started riding as a youth, and really never stopped.

“My friends were, and I was and that was the thing,” Al said. “In the third grade, we could ride our bikes to school, so that was a big deal.”

Al continued to ride in adulthood because it was one of two exercises Dwight D. Eisenhower’s doctor said you can do all your life with little negative impact on your body (swimming is the other).  He started tracking his miles in 1980, and has kept a running tally ever since. He recently reached a milestone, which he protests is, “no big deal.”

Larry Lust is a more recent convert to cycling, picking up the sport around 2010. He used to be a runner, but due to back issues, needed to find a substitute. He now rides around five days a week and gets in 30 to 35 miles.

“I enjoy the solitude and the end of the ride, “ Larry said.

Dick Weaver took up bicycling as an additional way to reenergize after a long day of meetings.

“Before we moved to Lakeview Village, we were in a more rural community, and I had an 11 mile route I would ride for speed,” Dick said.

Since moving to Lakeview, Dick has ridden with fellow cyclist and Lakeview resident Emerson Hartzler on the Johnson County Trail accessed via Prairie Star Parkway.

“The trails are fun, but the problem is there are several busy thoroughfares between here and there,” Dick said.

Emerson Hartzler has been cycling seriously since 1996, when his friend challenged him to complete the “Biking Across Kansas” ride. Emerson took up the challenge, along with his son Jeff. The two experienced the 8-day, 500-mile trek together.

“I learned one never makes up a 21-year difference in age, and I think Jeff enjoyed waiting for me at the top of some hills,” Emerson said.

Weather permitting, Emerson rides a couple of times a week, and usually gets in 25-30 miles a ride.

“A ride in the park, especially in the spring and fall, is very pretty and peaceful,” Emerson said.

Larry cautions that all cyclists should wear a helmet.

“I have been hit three times by automobiles and each time my helmet saved me from serious head injuries. When I was hit by a pickup doing 65 MPH, the helmet saved my life,” he said.

Emerson enjoys riding with other cyclists.

“It is always more fun to ride with other people, especially those you can leave in the dust if the spirit moves,” Emerson said. “John Young just bought an e-bike, and now I can’t keep up with him. Larry Lust is an avid cyclist, but you don’t want to try keeping up with him!”

Unlike Emerson, Larry and Al prefer to ride alone, albeit for different reasons. For Larry, the solitude of cycling alone is a major draw, while Al has slightly different reasons for going solo.

“I am literally the slowest rider on the planet. I cannot ride in groups, because I can’t keep up!” Al said.

Slow and steady may be is modis operandi, but Al has participated in the Bike Across Kansas and MS 150s, long rides benefitting Multiple Sclerosis research.

Dick and his best friend and fellow Lakeview resident John Young have ridden in some road races as well.

“John and I rode in the Oklahoma Freewheel. We rode for three days and averaged 70 miles a day,” Dick said. “Then we decided we’d had a great time and we’d had enough!”

Al sets a mileage goal every year and starts riding on April 1 – April Fool’s Day. Then he keeps riding until he meets, or betters, his target.

“I never ride more than a mile and a half from campus, but I average about 40 miles per week, “ he said.

Dick enjoys cycling because it allows him to stay in shape for tennis and snow skiing, two sports he is very passionate about.

“This was my 32nd straight year of skiing in Colorado with John Young,” Dick said. “But you don’t get to do that if you don’t stay fit. Your body couldn’t handle it.”

Physical fitness affords Dick to opportunity to continue to be active in sports, but it’s not just the physical that keeps him jogging, cycling and staying fit.

“To me wellness and physical fitness is directly connected to my emotional well-being. I don’t feel depressed and so on when I’m able to run and work out,” he said.

 

 

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