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Age Well, Live Well Expo

Lots to learn, see, and taste

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October 14th, 2014
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About 150 guests packed Tallgrass Creek’s Age Well, Live Well Expo in September, eager to experience all the latest about maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. 

The expo, hosted by the Creek sales team, took place in the community’s spacious Audubon Clubhouse and Blue Sky Restaurant, where about 30 booths and exhibits highlighted the many physical and social activities, clubs, and services available to residents. Other booths from local businesses and agencies, such as banks, law firms, travel agencies, drug stores, museums, even dog-walking services, offered a wide variety of additional information to attendees.

“We had a wealth of information for our guests, all in one place,” says Debbie Messmer, director of sales at the Overland Park, Kans., Erickson Living community. “There was something for everybody.”

Seminars, screenings, tours, and tastings

Guests enjoyed several seminars offered by professionals with qualified perspectives on promoting wellness and avoiding injury, avoiding financial scams, and managing personal finances and assets. One of the most popular seminars was the resident panel Q&A where visitors chatted with residents about what day-to-day life at Tallgrass Creek is all about.

Guests were also offered complimentary health screenings, including blood pressure checks and hearing, balance, and memory tests. Additionally, visitors were able to stop by the fitness area and enjoy relaxing chair massages.

Resident ambassadors offered visitors tours of Tallgrass Creek’s apartment homes and helped them explore other areas such as the on-site medical center and marketplace where residents gather for coffee and can shop for grocery items. 

Guests also learned about Blue Sage Pointe, the community’s continuing care neighborhood, which opened its doors earlier this year. Tours were also available.

As at all Tallgrass Creek events, the community’s chefs turned out a mouthwatering, healthy feast. Guests munched on bunches of fresh vegetables and hummus, teriyaki chicken satay, mini-quiches, and Kobe beef sliders. Desserts included beautifully decorated cake pops, chocolate mousse, and creamy lemon tarts.

All the talk

Many of the expo’s attendees were eagerly awaiting a move to Meadowlark Terrace. Some of them will begin moving to their just-completed apartments this month. 

Among some of the first residents are Rita and Dave Thomson, moving to a Pendleton-style, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment. The Thomsons are moving from Overland Park and have been on Tallgrass Creek’s priority list for more than a year.

“We’ve sold our home and almost everything in it,” says Rita. “We’re looking forward to starting a new life at Tallgrass with all new things. We can’t wait to be two of the first residents at Meadowlark [Terrace].”

Another new Meadowlark Terrace resident is Debby Williamson, who moves into her McKinley-design, two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartment in early December.

“I’m looking forward to not cooking as much, as well as the interaction with other residents,” says Debby, moving from Shawnee. “It is such a friendly, welcoming group.”