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Age well, live well

Healthy, active lifestyles highlighted at Tallgrass Creek

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October 22nd, 2013
Healthy, active lifestyles highlighted at Tallgrass Creek

More than a hundred visitors joined sales staff and resident ambassadors at Tallgrass Creek s bustling, information-packed Age Well, Live Well Expo held September 17. The event, hosted by the community s sales staff, highlighted the many physical and social activities, clubs, and services available to people who live at the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans. People of all ages are hungry for information about improving and maintaining their health, said Nancy Worthington, senior sales associate. We wanted to provide that and also showcase some of the activities residents enjoy doing to maintain their healthy, active lifestyles.

Food and fun

Close to 30 information booths dispensed everything from practical legal advice to hearing tests to on-site learning opportunities. Representatives from some of Tallgrass Creek's 50 resident-run clubs and volunteer groups were also on hand to share their creative pastimes, exercises, and contributions to the Kansas City community. One of the clubs, Tallgrass Creek s woodworking club, was highlighted by resident Don Grady s putting green competition held in the community s roomy fitness center. Along with fellow woodworkers, Don designed and made a unique, hanging-chain obstacle through which the competition s participants putted in order to reach the competition s modified hole-in-one. "We had quite a few participants who were obviously good golfers," says Don, a longtime golfer and woodworker. "Part of staying healthy is having some fun with it." The event included educational seminars on diverse subjects such as the power of relationships, avoiding financial scams, and medication control. Heidi Bremson, insurance resource manager at Tallgrass Creek, provided an overview on understanding insurance, and Dr. Austin Welsh, the community s medical director, talked about healthy lifestyles and the value of a heart-healthy diet such as the Mediterranean diet. Participants experienced the nourishing diet firsthand at a delicious buffet that included leafy Greek salad, low-fat pita bread and hummus, grilled beef and vegetable kabobs, stuffed mushrooms, spanakopita triangles, and falafel meatballs. The nutritious buffet was topped off by fruit spears dipped into a brimming, dark chocolate fountain.

Keeping body, mind, spirit thriving

Visitors also toured Tallgrass Creek's beautifully furnished apartment homes and explored the resources available to residents such as the on-site medical center and restaurants. Additionally, they learned about the community's state-of-the-art continuing care neighborhood, which opens this month. Visitors had access to complimentary blood pressure checks, hearing screenings, chiropractic screenings, and fitness assessments. They enjoyed soothing chair massages by a local massage therapist and received many giveaways, such as ear plugs, hand sanitizer, pens and pencils, note pads, back scratchers, pedometers, hand exercise balls, and more. Resident ambassador Betty Archer greeted visitors at the front door with a bright green bag full of information and other giveaways. "People really are eager to see how we live here," says Betty. "And we re happy to show them that Tallgrass Creek is a special place to live."