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Wannabe Ukulele Players Take Over Tallgrass Creek

Apr 12, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 12, 2016) -- As the sound of strumming chords fills the room, Dick Yates, Tallgrass Creek resident and organizer of a new musical group, queries the musicians.

"Is everyone tuned up?" asks Dick. He quickly follows with a wry grin, "Or maybe I should ask, 'Is anyone tuned up'"?

So begins a meeting of wannabe ukulele players that meets Tuesday afternoons in Tallgrass Creek's Sunflower Room for...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Donate Shoes, Cookies and Coupons to Help the Homeless

Mar 8, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 8, 2016) -- Many Tallgrass Creek neighbors are frequently on the lookout for those who need a little extra help. Residents work together on various projects – from shoes to cookies to coupons -- coordinated by the retirement community's Hugs Committee which assists the disadvantaged and homeless around the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Earlier this year, Hugs volunteers encouraged residents to donate gently-worn shoes for those in need and provided a large bin in the community's living room as...

Pamela Haman is Tallgrass Creek's Leader of the Year for 2015

Mar 2, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 1, 2016) – Pamela Haman has been named Tallgrass Creek retirement community’s Leader of the Year for 2015. She was officially honored last month during Erickson Living’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore City for her ability to motivate and inspire colleagues to go above and beyond the call of duty, inspire a high level of commitment from others and lead them successfully through change

Haman joined the Tallgrass Creek team in March 2015 as the Associate Executive Director. She has...

Tallgrass Creek's Post-Acute Neighborhood Receives CMS 5-Star Rating

Feb 23, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS (February 24, 2016) -- Tallgrass Creek retirement community’s Post-Acute neighborhood has been named a 5-Star facility by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS rates each nursing home from one to five stars. Nursing homes with a 5-star rating are considered to be highly above average with respect to their daily provision of health care.

The overall rating is based on the values and outcomes in three areas: Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures. Health inspection ratings are...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Celebrate National Puzzle Day

Feb 3, 2016

OVERLAND PARK, KS (February 3, 2016) – Fifty residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community this week played a variety of number and word games – nonstop for two hours -- to celebrate National Puzzle Day.

They played the following games found daily in the Kansas City Star : Sudoku, Kenken, Word Scrimmage, Lexigo, Jumble, Seven Little Words, and Celebrity Cipher.

Six tables were set up in the Tallgrass Creek Living Room...

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...