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Occupational Therapy Offers Solutions to Daily Challenges

Tools help seniors with personal careApril is national Occupational Therapy month, and the outpatient therapy department at Lakeview Village has planned activities throughout the month to educate our community on occupational therapy and its role in helping seniors live active lives.

What is Occupational Therapy?

When we hear the word ‘occupation,’ many of us immediately think of a job. If you’re retired, why would you need “job” therapy? Occupational therapy refers to any meaningful everyday activity you perform, including those that help you manage your home and personal care. If pain, injury, disease or any other factor are keeping you from your goals, activities or independence, consider occupational therapy.

Do you or a loved one have:

• Trouble reaching into closets or cabinets?
• Numbness/pain in your hands – especially after sleeping?
• Difficulty writing or eating?
• Tremors that interfere with daily tasks?
• History of a stroke and haven’t gotten back full use of your arm or hand?
• Arthritis?
• Macular degeneration?
• Decreased or low vision?
• Trouble with fasteners on clothing or objects?

Lakeview Village occupational therapists can work with you to help you reach your maximum potential. The outpatient therapy team practices person-centered care. That means our occupational therapist will work to help you reach the goals that are important to you.

Help managing Parkinson’s Disease

Lakeview Village occupational therapists are trained in the LSVT BIG® treatment program for those with Parkinson’s Disease. This innovative program has increased amplitude (bigness) of limb and body movement that translated to improved speed and balance for those who received therapy. Participants also enjoy increased independence and a better quality of life.

Occupational Therapy is available to Lakeview Village residents and to the Kansas City community at large. Once you are referred by your physician or have requested therapy services, your appointment will be scheduled within 48 hours. Your therapist will complete an evaluation and develop an individualized plan of care. We accept Medicare, private insurance, Worker’s Compensation, and private pay. Prior to your first visit, our staff will assist you with insurance verification and coverage questions.

Stock Dividends – The Forgotten Stepchild
Emerson Hartzler

Emerson Hartzler

I often hear people say they have invested in bonds rather than stocks because, while the returns may be meager, “At least I get paid some interest”, as if stocks offered no immediate payout. True, some stocks don’t pay dividends, but a diversified portfolio of stocks will contain many stocks that do pay dividends, and do so quite generously! These dividends may be the most important and most overlooked part of investing. 

Analyst Eddy Elfenbein, in a recent blog post 1 notes, “Dividends tend to grow, and reinvesting those dividends gets you more shares, which begets you still more dividends. The effect may be small each week, but it adds up. Consider that in the last 20 years, the S&P 500 price index is up 348%. But the Total Return Index, which includes dividends, is up 555%.”   

Mr. Elfenbein includes the following graph, which shows the growth of the S & P 500 stock index over the past decade or so, and you can see that movements in the index, both up and down, are mirrored by similar changes in dividends. While the index grew from around 900 to over 2,000 during this period (about 220%), dividends per share on average grew from about $16 to almost $40 (about 240%).



Now that dividend yield is still only 2%, but the comparison to bonds today offers a striking contrast. Nick Murray, in his February newsletter 2 says it eloquently, “For much of January, 2015, the interest rate on the 10-year treasury broke down below 2%. Sure as you were born, a day is going to come when your grandchildren come and say, “Those days in 2015 … when stocks were actually yielding more than bonds …you had to know, right? When you could trade in a 10-year Treasury note for ownership in five hundred of the largest, best financed, most profitable companies in the world … and get ten years of dividend growth and price appreciation for free you did that with every dime you could get your hands on, right? … All that money’s got to be around here somewhere … doesn’t it?” 

While no one knows when interest rates will begin to rise, all the experts agree that when (not if) that happens, bond prices will head south. So the “safe” investments you have in bonds or bond funds aren’t really all that safe after all. You need to look at Mr. Elfenbein’s chart closely … for a long time! It could mean a great deal to you and your heirs for a very long time to come.



      1Blog post by Eddy Elfenbein, January 5th, 2015

      2Nick Murray, Interactive, Volume 15, Issue 2, February2015

Distinguished Doctors Who Call Lakeview Village Home
Seated, Dr. Betty Bashaw. From left to right: Dr. Herman Jones, Dr. Mani Mani, and Dr. John "Jack" Holt.

Seated, Dr. Betty Bashaw. From left to right: Dr. Herman Jones, Dr. Mani Mani, and Dr. John “Jack” Holt.

Doctors, despite their responsibilities, are only human. They study for many more years than most, they have families and hobbies, they work long hours, and they retire. Please enjoy these short profiles of accomplished doctors–from various areas of practice including physicians, psychiatrists and reverends—who have chosen to make Lakeview Village their home.   

      Dr. Betty Bashaw, who has lived in Lakeview’s Southridge apartments for five years, practiced as a psychiatrist. Dr. Bashaw is a graduate of the University Tennessee School of Medicine, and she completed her residency in Memphis. Her husband was in the Air Force, so she later practiced in Tripoli, Libya, for three years and then in Wichita Falls, TX.

     Dr. Bashaw’s career centered on hospital psychotherapy at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, KS, as well as her private psychotherapy practice in Leawood, KS.

     “Back in earlier days, women weren’t admitted to the American Medical Association,” she points out, “so there was the American Medical Women’s Association, and I was very active in that organization.” Dr. Bashaw enjoys the camaraderie at Lakeview Village and spending time with her two children and four grandchildren. She is an avid fan of PBS’s Downton Abbey. “I can’t believe I have to wait until next January for the next set of episodes!” she says. 

     Dr. Frederick Holmes and Dr. Grace E.F. Holmes are new residents of Southridge in Lakeview Village. Dr. Frederick Holmes is a native of the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Washington in 1957. His subsequent training in Medicine, Hematology, and Tropical Medicine was at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. With his wife, Grace, a pediatrician, he served as a medical missionary of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia from 1959 until 1963 and in Tanzania (in East Africa) from 1970 until 1972. Subsequently he had an academic career at the University of Kansas Medical Center, retiring from the active practice in 2000 as the Hashinger Distinguished Professor of Medicine. During the 1990s he obtained a Master’s Degree in British History at the University of Kansas and, in retirement, has remained in academia as Professor of the History and Philosophy of Medicine.

     During his academic career, Dr. Frederick Holmes maintained a large federally funded research program in the epidemiology of cancer resulting in more than 100 publications. Since retirement, he has been active in research and publishing in the History of Medicine, focusing on medical practice in Tudor and Stuart England and military Medicine in the First World War. Musically inclined, he enjoys singing in a barbershop quartet, The Gentlefolk, and in his church choir.

Dr. Fred and Grace Holmes

Dr. Fred Holmes and Dr. Grace Holmes

Dr. Grace Holmes is a native of northern Minnesota. She graduated with a bachelor of art degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington in 1953, followed by admission into the University of Washington School of Medicine.

     She married her medical school classmate, Frederick Holmes, in 1955, and both graduated in 1957 with medical degrees. Dr. Grace Holmes’ rotating Internships followed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and in Kansas City, Kansas. As described above, the couple studied in London and proceeded to Malaysia to work in the Lutheran Church Clinics. Dr. Grace Holmes continued her pediatric training at the University of Kansas Medical Center with Fellowship in Children’s Rehabilitation, and then joined the faculty. Later in East Africa she helped open the new Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. She rejoined the Pediatric faculty on return from Africa and later also joined the Preventive Medicine faculty, continuing in both departments until her retirement in July 2000.

     She is a Professor of Pediatrics and of Preventive Medicine Emerita at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Throughout her career, her clinical, teaching and research interests reflected her pediatric training and experience with both normal and atypical growth and development of infants and young children. She very much enjoys barbershop-style and gospel singing with Fred and another couple, singing in the church choir, as well as writing. 

     Dr. John “Jack” Holt and Charlette Holt moved a brand new villa at Lakeview Village in February 2014, and they treasure time for “family and freedom.” Dr. Holt is a graduate of the University of Kansas (’61), and completed his residency at St. Francis Hospital in Great Bend, KS. He spent 24 years in internal medicine at Great Bend, and another 10 years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita. Dr. Holt also took time to teach clinics at KU before retiring in 1998.The Holts agree that their goal now is to enjoy life, play plenty of golf, and spend time with their family, which includes John Holt, evening news anchor at Fox 4 News in Kansas City. 

     Dr. Herman Jones and Barbara Jones recently moved to their Southridge apartment at Lakeview Village from nearby Lake Quivira. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Jones attended Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, where he was the only African-American intern.

     The Joneses chose Kansas City to begin his career, but they soon discovered that Kansas City’s two main hospitals were segregated, and black doctors could not treat white patients. (These two hospitals, Kansas City General I and II, are now located on the site of the Truman Medical Center.)

     Dr. Jones and his family later moved to Topeka, where he was the only black doctor on staff at two major Topeka hospitals. He completed his surgical residency at the VA Hospital in Wadsworth, KS. “The program included rotations through St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.,” he explains, “So I was the first black physician to practice there, as well as the first black doctor to serve on the St. Luke’s staff.”

     He opened his surgical practice in Kansas City, KS, and by then, Dr. Jones was practicing in all of the major hospitals in the Kansas City area. He later taught residents at the old Kansas City General Hospital I where he had been denied entrance earlier in his career.

     He retired in 2005 from the VA Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Jones was recognized for transcending racial barriers in the field of medicine by the former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, Kay Waldo Barnes, in an official proclamation: “…Dr. Jones is deeply respected by his colleagues, beloved by the many patients he has served over the years, and is well known as a consummate professional and an outstanding teacher.”   

Dr. Clarke Mangun

Dr. Clarke Mangun

   Dr. Clark Mangun has been a resident of Lakeview Village for 11 years. Dr. Mangun graduated from the University of Iowa in 1943. He began his career in public health, specializing in programs such as tuberculosis, cancer, and children’s health services. His family moved several times throughout his career to Minnesota, Florida and Illinois. They spent two years in Greece with American Foreign Aid, and their first of three daughters was born in Germany during that time. Dr. Mangun says what he enjoys most about living at Lakeview Village are the friendships he has made over the years.

     Dr. Mani M. Mani will move to a renovated duplex at Lakeview Village later this year with his wife, Rebekah Mani, who worked at The University of Kansas Medical Center (UKMC) as a Registered Dietician. Dr. Mani’s career began in India and blossomed at UKMC, where he was the first person from India to lead the burn center and the first person from India to become a full professor there.

     In 1960, Dr. Mani graduated from Christian Medical College in India where he trained in plastic surgery. “It is an enormous university and medical center. The 2,700-bed hospital handles about 7,500 patients per day,” he explains. In 1968, he got a letter from Dr. David Robinson, one of the founders of the Plastic Surgery program at UKMC, suggesting that he come there. Dr. Mani completed his residency there, and then he returned to India, where he became a full professor. The Mani family had planned to stay in India, but Dr. Robinson came back to India in 1972 and asked him to return to the United States to join the faculty to help establish a burn unit, which he did.

   After writing and coordinating protocols and relevant specialties for every aspect of such a unit, Dr. Mani was named Medical Director of the Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center. This burn protocol was later adopted as the standard of care by every city, hospital, ambulance and fire department in Kansas. Moreover, the protocol became a standard of care in India, Malaysia, and Kyrgyzstan. Dr. Mani also helped Australia write its emergency care manual and has played a role in burn care education around the world via the American Burn Association.

     Dr. Mani, retired since 2008, is as an Emeritus Professor at UKMC. He teaches courses via tele-medicine, including surgery; family medicine; and other medical specialties, which can be transmitted to virtually any place in the world. 

     The Rev. Dr. Bob Meneilly, also known as Dr. Bob, has been a powerful advocate for progress in the Kansas City area. His name is synonymous with the Village Presbyterian Church, which he and his wife Shirley founded in Prairie Village, Kansas. The first worship service took place Feb. 13, 1949, with about 300 attendees. He served as its pastor for 47 years, and retired from the ministry in 1994.

Dr. Bob Meneilly

Dr. Bob Meneilly

   The Meneilly’s dedication endures. Today the 80,000-square-foot church has a membership of nearly 5,000. The church also manages the Meneilly Center for Mission at 99th and Mission Road, which also houses a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and a Child and Family Development Center.

     Dr. Bob is also a founder of the Mainstream Coalition, an organization that believes in moderation in politics and the separation of church and state. The group’s creation was inspired by a sermon Dr. Bob gave in 1993, which was reprinted in The New York Times. “It was a sermon on religion, not politics,” he points out. “We believed that no one should try to impose religious beliefs on others in the form of public policy or law, otherwise, we risk becoming a theocracy.”

     Dr. Bob has spoken out consistently since the 1960s in support of civil rights, and he was instrumental in ending desegregation in Johnson County. He was also on the forefront against the war in Viet Nam when he journeyed to Paris as part of the U.S. delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.

     Today, Dr. Bob’s life has taken on a more peaceful rhythm in his Southridge apartment. He deeply misses Shirley, his beloved wife and lifetime teammate whom he lost to Alzheimer’s disease in June 2014. “I haven’t always dealt well with the grief,” he admits. “I’m gradually getting more active and becoming friends with my Lakeview neighbors. And I’m becoming more involved again, on a limited basis, in the Mainstream Coalition.” 

     Lakeview Village is fortunate to have residents of such caliber and compassion among us.

My Lakeview Village Skydiving Experiences

By: Don Simmons, Lakeview Village resident 

It never, ever crossed my mind that someday I would be jumping out of a perfectly good airplane at 14,500 feet while living at a continuing care retirement community.  But I’ve done it—twice: The first time was on Oct. 10, 2013, and again this year on Sept. 27.  I was so enthralled, spellbound and awestruck with last year’s skydiving event that I wanted to repeat the experience.  So I was a participant along with seven other residents and staff members at Lakeview Village’s event to raise money for its “Good Samaritan Fund.” The fund assists residents who have outlived their financial resources and can no longer afford the full cost of their monthly fees through no fault of their own.

Don Simmons, gearing up before the jump

Don Simmons, gearing up before the jump

This year, my son, two daughters and my son-in-law were also able to jump with me. This year’s jump was not a perfect carbon copy of last year’s skydive in several ways.  As I was sitting there on the bench waiting, I did not have the previous butterflies and the same apprehension of the unknown like I did last year.  Having conquered most of my fear of the freefall, I was ready and didn’t feel scared of jumping out the open door.  I sort of felt a little more relaxed and was better able to enjoy the whole experience. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy last year, I just felt a little more comfortable the second time around. 

When we were still ascending in altitude, we happened to be looking out our side windows and noticed a turkey vulture or buzzard that came within about a foot of getting hit by the wing tip of our plane but didn’t.  It was at about 1,000 to 1,500 feet up and we were surprised to see the bird up at that altitude.

The Jump

There was a small light fixture up on the side above my window with two colored lights, a red color and the other just a clear color.  Once the red light came on, it was time to jump.  I have no answer why it was red and not green (which means GO to me).  When the red light came on, the four solo jumpers jumped out, one at a time and then, since I was the closest to the door, it was my time to jump. Even at 9,000 feet, I could not make out structures on the ground, not even the airport.  When we started rocking our bodies back and forth at the open door and counting down, 3 – 2 – 1 – and jump, I wasn’t able to have any leverage to spring and jump out the door so we just did a summersault on my left side but everything turned out OK.  So again, I did one of my famous or infamous unconventional and unplanned 360-degree summersault. Also I forgot to yell out “Geronimo” again, for the second time. 

Of course there still was that rush of adrenaline and excitement going out the open door. The temperature at 14,200 feet wasn’t as bad as it was last year.  With the ground temperature at 80 degrees, the temperature at 14,200 feet was 50 degrees (30 degrees colder) and falling at 120 mph, made the wind chill feel like 37 degrees. The tremendous wind pressure sure did push the goggles very hard against my forehead but it really did not hurt me that much.  And again there was the same experience of the wind rushing into my nose.  My ears did close up this time due to the increase in atmospheric pressure, similar to the rapid descent in coming down in an elevator in a tall skyscraper.  All I had to do was to take a hold of my nose and close my mouth and blow. 

As soon as we jumped, the drogue chute popped open and the freefall of 9,000 feet lasted about 60 seconds, but it did not seem as long as it did last year. But everything was happening in the freefall in such fast motion, you had to keep your focus on what you were told.  Once we reached an altitude of 3,200 feet, I reached back on my right side and pulled on a small ball attached to the cord to open the main parachute. Then there was one gigantic and powerful jerk when the chute opened and we could talk to one another.  I took a hold of the two hand controls and we made several right and left turns and some circles by just pulling down on either the right or left-hand hold. 

Lakeview Village employee Matt Messbarger snapped this picture mid-skydive!

Lakeview Village employee Matt Messbarger snapped this picture mid-skydive!

It was an extremely beautiful sunny day even with the clouds and we were still thousands of feet above the clouds. Some of our jumpers were able to go through some clouds even though it is sort of dangerous because of the limited visibility.  You can’t really see very good and you don’t want to accidentally run into your fellow skydiver.  But I bet those fortunate jumpers felt like being “on cloud nine.”  A couple of our skydivers were able to see a complete circle rainbow close to the clouds.  One of our jumpers was able to go through the middle of the rainbow!  When I got closer to the ground, I could finally make out the physical structure of various buildings and then finally I spotted the airport and landing strip.  As we approached closer I could see the people below and started waving and yelling to them. 

We made a perfect landing right on target with our feet extended straight out in front of us, touching down on our rear and without being dragged hardly any distance at all.  The whole experience of skydiving was over in about seven minutes.  It is not easy for me to come up with the right words to exactly describe the experience but I will give it my best try.  Emotionally, it was an amazing, incredible, thrilling, exciting, jubilant, elated, ecstatic, exhilarating, fantastic, euphoric, and a triumphant experience to me when it was all over.  And on another level, I was moved by some sort of spiritual dimension, it was like being in seventh heaven: it was celestial, divine, saintly, sacred, supernatural and magical.  To stand there on the threshold of that open door and look out and over the Earth—such an impressive, breathtaking and awe-inspiring view—I couldn’t help but feel inspired by the power of God, and the reverence of God’s gift of our world. 

Skydiving is certainly not an ordinary experience one has everyday.  I was able to fill my outdoor adventurous spirit once again and achieved another sense of accomplishment. And, of course, it was especially fun and gratifying to have my family jump with me, an incredible and memorable moment of elation and delight that will stay with me the rest of my life.  Also it was great to enjoy the fun participating with other Lakeview Village residents and the camaraderie between all of us and the Skydive Kansas City Company’s professional skydivers.

The Lakeview Village Skydive Club!

The Lakeview Village Skydive Club!