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Tallgrass Creek Offers Brief, Helpful Tips for Beating the Winter Blues

Dec 3, 2013
OVERLAND PARK,KS (December 3, 2013) -- Nearly everyone gets the winter blues now and then. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the cold air nips at the nose, making isolation more common this time of year. Tallgrass Creek retirement community offers the following brief, helpful tips for beating the winter blues: Stay Social and Active This allows people to maintain interactive relationships with others their age. If people get involved in clubs/activities to keep themselves  active, they are more likely to stay motived to participate, and stay socially engaged. Learning new things, challenging oneself, and keeping the...

Tallgrass Creek's Jim Graham was FBI Agent who Investigated Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Ago; Still Convinced Oswald Acted Alone

Nov 4, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (November 4, 2013) - Jim Graham, the retired FBI special agent who helped to lead the investigation of the Kennedy assassination 50 years ago, lives today at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park and is still convinced Oswald acted alone. Graham, who was in the FBI's office in Kansas City, Missouri, vividly remembers the day President Kennedy was killed November 22, 1963. "I was a street agent at the time and was in my car," said Graham. "I was connected to the highway patrol's radio, and the news came over the air." Two days later, Jack Ruby murdered...

Tallgrass Creek Residents and Staff Walk Combined Total of 5,083 Miles in Month-Long Venture

Oct 15, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 15, 2013) - Eighty-five Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents walked a total of 3,208 miles and 32 employees walked a total of 1,875 miles during the month of September as part of a national "Walking Around the World with Erickson Living" health and fitness venture. They earned the Participation Award for "Most Walkers." The challenge was to log all walking and exercise minutes throughout the month. Minutes were converted to miles to get a mileage total.  Residents and staff walked in a variety of locations inside Tallgrass Creek and also throughout the greater Overland Park, KS,...

Tallgrass Creek Resident Sally Smith's Self-Made Dollhouse is a Mini Mansion

Sep 25, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (September 26, 2013) --  For irrefutable proof that good things come in small packages, check out the intricately detailed, fully electric dollhouse now on display through October in the living room of Tallgrass Creek retirement community's  Audubon Clubhouse in Overland Park, KS. The elegant, pillared mini mansion has caused many "oohs and aahs" among staff, visitors, and neighbors as they marvel at the home's flower-lined sidewalks, sunny solarium, elegant sunning deck, cloud-covered nursery walls, and intricately furnished rooms. Resident Sally Smith, chief architect and designer of the three-story, elaborate miniature, has always been intrigued by dollhouses. "My...

First Phase of New Blue Sage Pointe Continuing Care Neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek to Open in November 2013

Aug 27, 2013

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- The first phase of Blue Sage Pointe, the new continuing care neighborhood at Tallgrass Creek, will open in November 2013. It features 104 spacious suites/apartments, including assisted living, memory care, and post-acute rehabilitation services. Spacious common areas, in-room dining options, screened-in porches and gardens are among the amenities that contribute to a person-centered approach to health and wellness.

The new neighborhood incorporates the integrated health care model developed by Erickson Living, the manager and developer of Tallgrass Creek. Full-time physicians, electronic medical records and training for all employees serving residents in the continuing care neighborhood...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Bake 2,000 Cookies a Month to Help Feed the Homeless

Aug 27, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 27, 2013) - Fifty-one Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents in Overland Park, Kansas, are baking hundreds of cookies daily from their apartment homes  to help feed homeless men, women and children  in Kansas City, Missouri. They bake more 2,000 cookies a month as part of a community outreach project to assist Marcia Merrick, a Kansas City volunteer who provides 400 lunches daily to the homeless. Merrick began providing the healthy sack lunches years ago and has since inspired others to help. "Marcia is an amazing woman with a passion for helping the homeless and disadvantaged," said...

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...