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It's Lifelong Learning All the Time at Tallgrass Creek

Feb 1, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS (February 1, 2016) -- If you peek into Tallgrass Creek ’s living room on many Thursday afternoons between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., you will find a roomful of residents and visitors paying rapt attention to a lively educator.

The “students” are enjoying one of many educational presentations conducted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, part of the continuing education program at the University of Kansas (KU). The Osher Institute...

Skinks, Parrots, Frogs, and Chinchillas -- Oh My!

Jan 25, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS (January 25, 2016) -- Tallgrass Creek residents met a skink, a parrot, a frog, and a chinchilla this month when the Kansas City Zoo brought its ZooMobile to the retirement community.

Zoo educators, animal ambassadors, and touchable bio facts visited Tallgrass Creek in an effort to create a connection between residents and wildlife. With a focus on conservation, this visit helped residents to:

• Gain a renewed interest in wildlife and conservation issues.

• Name one thing they can personally do to aid in conservation....

Tallgrass Creek's Jack Sladkey Saw a UFO 57 Years Ago, is Convinced Life Exists on Other Planets

Jan 4, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS (January 4 , 2016) -- Tallgrass Creek retirement community resident Jack Sladkey, Captain, U.S. Air Force (retired), saw a huge Texas oil field from his B-25 aircraft in 1958 when he was on a mission to train navigators.

This would have been insignificant had it not been for the fact that the oil field -- or what he initially thought was an oil field -- sat still off his aircraft's right wing at 10,000 feet.

"It was a UFO," Sladey told a meeting of 135 veterans who live...

Tallgrass Creek Residents/Staff Deliver 100 Gifts to Families at Don Bosco Center

Dec 24, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (December 18, 2015) -- Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents in Overland Park, Kansas, today delivered 100 gifts to families at Don Bosco center in Kansas City, Missouri The gifts included toiletries, pots, pans, coats, hats and gloves, shoes, books, and educational toys. A Tallgrass Creek shuttle bus brought staff and residents who gave the gifts to recipient families when they arrived at the center.

The gifts were collected as part of an Adopt-a-Family project held during the past three weeks at the retirement community. Twenty residents and 40 staff were involved in...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Donate $76,061 to Thank Their Hourly Staff

Dec 24, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (December 24, 2015) -- Residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, donated $76,061 to their campus’ Staff Appreciation Fund to show their appreciation to their hourly staff for jobs well done in 2015.

The money benefitted 184 hourly staff members from all departments, including Dining Services, General Services and Health Services. This fundraising drive among residents is done annually during the holiday season.

Tallgrass Creek, which has nearly 500 residents, offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and...

Tallgrass Creek Resident Swimmers Race 131 Rubber Ducks and Raise $705 for Benevolent Care

Dec 14, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Residents from Tallgrass Creek retirement community’s Water Aerobics Group December 11 jumped into a 50-Foot-long, 4-feet-deep pool and raced more131 rubber ducks sponsored by staff and residents to raise money for charity.

The swimmers raised $705 for Tallgrass Creek’s Benevolent Care Fund, which helps residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control.

A swim noodle wall was created by the residents in the pool. All rubber ducks were put in the pool at the exact same time. The residents created a current to push the ducks to...

Hundreds of Tallgrass Creek Residents November 6 to Form Human KC Royals "Crown" on Lawn to Celebrate Team's World Series Title

Nov 3, 2015

WHAT:

A Friday, November 6 (3 - 4 p.m.) Tailgate/100 Blue-Flag Fundraiser Lawn Party by hundreds of Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents in Overland Park, KS, to celebrate their hometown Kansas City Royals’ World Series title.

SPECIFICS:

Residents will wear their Royals jerseys and caps and will rally on the front lawn of the 65-acre community. One hundred blue flags will be displayed, along with a huge Kansas City Royals flag. Flags will be purchased as donations to the Benevolent Care Fund, which helps residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond...

Twisted Balloon KC Royals Player is a Good Luck Charm for Tallgrass Creek Fans

Oct 29, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 28, 2015) – Scores of Tallgrass Creek residents stayed up into the wee small hours of the morning last night, huddled around television sets in their retirement community’s bistro and main lobby, to watch their beloved Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in a 14-inning World Series Game 1 thriller.

And now they have their own good luck charm – a two-foot-tall tall, twisted balloon Royals player -- to help them root their hometown team onto a World Series Championship. It was made on-site as a surprise by Robbie Furman, a Health Resources...

Poet Laureate of Kansas Wyatt Townley Inspires Tallgrass Creek Residents

Oct 26, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (October 26, 2015) -- Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas, visited Tallgrass Creek October 19 to present “Coming Home to Poetry” as part of her poetry readings to 68 organizations across Kansas.

Townley inspired residents with her advocacy of the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans through public presentations and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.

Her appearance was arranged by Tallgrass Creek resident Judy Turner, who said Townley’s love of poetry is contagious. Residents, for instance, are now sharing their poetry books with one another as a result of listening...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Taste/Judge 13 Crock Pots of Chili

Oct 19, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- A simmering pot of homemade chili will warm up any occasion which was evident Friday, October 16, when teams of Tallgrass Creek staff members competed in a spirited, chili cook off. As deciding voters, residents flocked to the community's Sunflower Room to taste the competition's 13 crock pots of chili, each representing a different department at Tallgrass Creek.

"It was a tough contest," says resident Anne Kyle, one of about 175 residents who tasted and voted for their favorite chili. "I've never seen that many different kinds of chili together in one place. They were...