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Tallgrass Creek's Lynn Schaffer is Erickson Living 2015 Leadership Award Recipient

Apr 21, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 21, 2015) – Lynn Schaffer, Finance Director for Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, is the 2015 recipient of Erickson Living’s Leadership Award. This award is given annually to a Manager or Director who exemplifies the Erickson Way in each of the company’s managed communities and at its Corporate office.

Schaffer joined Tallgrass Creek in August 2013 and is responsible for the monthly financial reporting of the community, development of the operations budgeting and forecasting, resident billings and audit support. She also provides financial training and support across all departments and helps lead...

Tuesday, May 5, Virtual Dementia Tour at Tallgrass Creek (RSVP Today)

Apr 21, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 21, 2015) -- What does everyday life look like for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Find out Tuesday, May 5, at the Virtual Dementia Tour at Tallgrass Creek retirement community, 13800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS.

It is an interactive program scientifically-proven to increase sensitivity towards individuals with dementia. Tallgrass Creek is one of the only locations in the Kansas City area to offer it.

Guest speaker is Mary Fridley, a certified independent facilitator and trainer for the Virtual Dementia Tour. A registered nurse, she has more than 30 years of experience in the...

Nonstop April 6 Fitness Activities at Tallgrass Creek to Celebrate Kansas City Royals Opening Day

Apr 1, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Hundreds of residents and staff of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, will participate Monday, April 6 (from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) in nonstop fitness activities to celebrate Opening Day of their beloved Kansas City Royals.

Their “Championship Day” activities will include:

Horse Ladder Ball, Popcorn Toss, Basketball Dribbling Contest, Obstacle course, Basketball Free Throw Contest, Golf putting contest

Participants will wear their favorite team apparel for a can food donation to the local Harvesters’ food pantry. Hot dogs, ice cream and peanuts – just like being at a baseball game...

April 14 Junior-Senior Prom to Bring Students and Retirees Together on Tallgrass Creek's Dance Floor

Apr 1, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- A Tuesday evening, April 14, Junior-Senior Prom at Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, will bring about 30 students from Blue Valley North High School and nearly 125 retirees together on the dance floor.

They will do the Electric Slide, Macarena and Booty Call, among other dances. There could be an impromptu Harlem Shake. And there might even be a few Fox Trots, Waltzes, Twists and Disco dances thrown in for good measure.

The Prom will be a night of dancing and the sharing of life stories. A Dee Jay provided by...

Pamela Haman is the New Associate Executive Director for Tallgrass Creek

Mar 31, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 31, 2015) – Erickson Living has named Pamela Haman the new Associate Executive Director for Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS. Tallgrass Creek has more than 300 residents.

She served previously as Associate Executive Director for Greenspring, an Erickson Living-managed community of nearly 2,000 residents and 1,000 staff in Northern Virginia.

Haman has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for 12 years in both Massachusetts and Ohio.

Prior to joining Erickson Living, she was the Executive Director at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Highgate in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Q&A: Meet Jean Landreville, Tallgrass Creek's New Executive Director

Mar 16, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS ( March 16, 2015) -- Jean Landreville, the new executive director of Tallgrass Creek retirement community managed by Erickson Living in Overland Park, KS, proves the adage that experience is certainly the best teacher.

Landreville has spent 20 years in the senior housing and health care industries and most recently served as executive director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va.

She also served as the associate executive director at the following Erickson Living communities: Riderwood, in Silver Spring, MD, and Fox Run in Novi, MI. She joined Erickson...

Tallgrass Creek Residents Celebrate Their 60th Wedding Anniversary

Mar 5, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 3, 2014) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents Linda and Jack Brookshire celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary February 19 with a special dinner prepared in their honor by the Dining Services staff.

The dinner consisted of Mixed Spring Salad greens with blue cheese dressing, clam chowder, beef tenderloin with grilled shrimp, fresh garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli with fresh carrots, fresh baked dinner roll with butter, chocolate cake, wine, water, and coffee. Linda and Jack were joined by their son Jeff, who came from Texas to be with them.

Linda...

Taking Deep Breaths is a Good Thing at Tallgrass Creek

Mar 4, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 4, 2015) -- Each week, about 20 Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents gather in the Audubon Clubhouse classroom, dim the lights, and practice the ancient discipline known as yoga. Yoga – which is a series of specific bodily postures, breath control, and meditation -- is widely practiced by all ages for health and relaxation.

Tallgrass Creek's yoga class, led by Wellness Coordinator Amy Rader, includes first-time students and others like resident Judy Turner, who have practiced the gentle exercise for years.

"For me, the stretching is tremendous," says Judy. "Amy...

February 17 Mardi Gras Celebration at Tallgrass Creek

Feb 11, 2015

WHAT:

A Tuesday, February 17, New Orleans-style Mardi Gras celebration by scores of residents of Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS, in which they will wear wild, whacky, weird, wicked, and whimsical masks they designed and made during the past month.

Their masks will be judged by a committee of fellow residents, with winners receiving gift cards. They will also wear an assortment of beads as they party ‘til the cows come home, so-to-speak.

This event will bring a taste of Mardi Gras to the 65-acre Tallgrass Creek campus. Mardi Gras specific food –...

Landscaper and Tallgrass Creek Now Planning for Spring, Summer and Fall Seasons

Feb 11, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, KS (February 11, 2015) -- Though spring hasn't quite sprung, Tallgrass Creek retirement community is gearing up for the first glimpse of green that will pop up around its 65-acre campus.

TrueNorth, Tallgrass Creek's new landscaping and maintenance contractor that began winter maintenance last November, is now preparing for the spring, summer and fall seasons.

Daniel Stapf, Tallgrass Creek general services director, introduced several of TrueNorth's principals during an open meeting in January. About a hundred residents listened and asked questions of the new landscape contractor.

"We looked at...