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Tallgrass Creek Marks 100% Occupancy; Priority List Sign-ups Increase

Aug 26, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 26, 2013) -- Tallgrass Creek retirement community this week achieved 100% occupancy. All 226 of its apartment homes are now occupied, bringing total resident occupancy to a record 315 and resulting in increased Priority List sign-ups. "This is remarkable time for Tallgrass Creek as we experience the growth that will allow even more people to call Tallgrass Creek home," said Executive Director Peter Crane. "Joining our Priority List is the best way people can be assured that they will get the most updated information on apartment home availability." This occupancy milestone comes as the first phase...

Lynn Schaffer is Named the Finance Director for Tallgrass Creek

Aug 7, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 7, 2013) - Erickson Living has named Lynn Schaffer the Finance Director for Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS. She will be responsible for the monthly financial reporting of the 300+-resident community, forecasting for the community and development of the operations budgeting, resident billings and audit support.  She will also provide financial training and support to all departments and help lead the strategic planning processes for the community. Schaffer is a proven leader in the areas of Finance, Accounting and Strategy, bringing nearly 15 years of experience with her from the Telecommunications and Financial...

New Continuing Care Neighborhood Takes Shape at at Tallgrass Creek

Aug 7, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 7, 2013) -- The new continuing care neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS., has walls up, roof on, windows in, and utilities and HVAC now being installed. Designers have carefully chosen wall colors, carpets, and other cosmetic details, and interviewing for the center's key staff positions continues throughout the summer. Dan Stapf, Tallgrass Creek's senior facilities manager, reports that phase one of the neighborhood, the commons area and assisted living apartments, will open as planned at the end of this year. Phase two, the skilled nursing and memory care areas, are also...

Talllgrass Creek is Now at All-Time High Occupancy of 99.1 Percent

Aug 6, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 6, 2013) -- Tallgrass Creek retirement community marked a 19 percent increase in settlements of apartment homes for the first half of 2013.  It also marked a jump in reservations. As a result, Tallgrass Creek today is at an all-time high of 99.1 percent occupancy. A total of 19 apartment homes were settled in the first half of 2013, compared to 16 for the same period  the prior year. In addition, a total of 13 of people reserved apartment homes, compared to 10 for the same period the prior year. People moved to Tallgrass Creek from...

Tallgrass Creek Resident Leaves for Family Reunion -- on Alcatraz

Jul 31, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (July 31, 2013) - Growing up on Alcatraz Island, Tallgrass Creek retirement community resident Darlyne Sheppeard had a far from typical childhood. She took a boat to school and lived a stone's throw away from hundreds of the country's most notorious criminals. During Sheppeard's time there, the maximum security island prison hosted the infamous likes of  inmates Al Capone and "Machine Gun" Kelly. On Tuesday, August 6, Sheppeard, whose father was a warden at Alcatraz, is headed back to Alcatraz for a reunion of former inmates, guards and residents of the prison. "Usually a handful of inmates...

Tallgrass Creek's Dining Servcies Department Offers Safety Tips for Cookouts and Picnics

Jul 30, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS  (July 30, 2013) -- It's that time of the year for cookouts and picnics. Here are a few food safety tips courtesy Tallgrass Creek retirement community's Dining Service Department:  Wash hands before preparing food and between handling raw and ready-to-eat foods.  Keep raw food separate from cooked food.  Prevent cross contamination from marinades. Always marinate raw food in the refrigerator, never on the counter. If you use marinade as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a portion of the marinade before putting the raw meat or poultry in it.  Use different plates...

Tallgrass Creek Grandmother of 7 Offers Grandparenting Tips to Prince Charles

Jul 24, 2013
OVERLAND PARK KS (July 23, 2013) - Eva Angell, a resident of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, knows a thing or two about being a grandparent. She has 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. And she respectfully offers the following tips to Prince Charles to help him be a good grandfather to his new Royal grandson, the son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Dutchess of Cambridge, born this week in London.  Angell, who is a self-described "occasional" Royal watcher, said Prince Charles should: Love his grandson -- always. Be proud of him. Encourage him in...

Tallgrass Creek-Kansas University Partnership Proves Lifelong Learning is Ageless

Jul 24, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS  (July 24, 2013) - Residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park have developed an ageless love of learning through a partnership with the Kansas University branch of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a nonprofit offering courses on a wide range of topics to learners of all ages. Tallgrass Creek residents work closely with the Kansas University Osher Institute to develop courses they find interesting. A hit among Tallgrass Creek residents has been a course focusing on the music of the renowned American composer and pianist, George Gershwin. The work of the Tallgrass Creek education committee,...

Three Johnson County, KS, Students to Receive Scholarships from Tallgrass Creek Residents' Fundraising

Jun 4, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 4, 2013) - Three high school students from Johnson County will receive scholarships to help them attend college at a June 7 ceremony at Tallgrass Creek  retirement community, where they have worked part-time. They will receive a combined total of $11,000 raised by Tallgrass Creek  residents during the past two months to show their appreciation of the students' work and to help assist them financially in their post-secondary education. These students work for at least two years during which time they are trained, mentored, and cared for by the 300  residents who become surrogate grandparents to...

Tallgrass Creek Residents' May 23 Exercise-a-Thon to Celebrate Their Healthy Living

May 22, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS - Hundreds of residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, will celebrate their healthy living by participating in a nonstop series of fitness events on Thursday, May 23. The events will be held on the Tallgrass Creek campus (13800 Metcalf Avenue)  and are as follows: 10 a.m. - Noon: Senior Fitness testing. 10 - 11 a.m.:  Zumba demonstrations every 15 minutes. 10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Yoga demonstrations every 15 minutes. 1 - 2 p.m.: Pool Volleyball. 1 - 2  p.m.:  Putting contest on the green. For Tallgrass Creek residents staying in shape is convenient and...