Name

Maris Grove
DeWitte and Melva Shipley share treasured family artifacts she uncovered researching the Shipley’s American story. Celebrating Black History Month, staff at Maris Grove helped the Shipleys turn an open apartment into a temporary museum.

Maris Grove resident Melva Shipley is a dedicated and voracious student of history. The amateur genealogist has traced husband DeWitte’s family for 10 generations, back to 1692. That was the year his seventh great-grandmother, Lucie, was purchased by the Carroll family from another plantation owner.

Tallgrass Creek
Bonnie and Pat Whalen light up the dance floor with their swing dance during Tallgrass Creek’s Dancing with the Stars competition held this February.

There were waltzes, disco moves, country-western two-stepping, and more when Tallgrass Creek high steppers performed in the community’s standing-room-only Dancing With the Stars competition on February 23, 2020. 

Tallgrass Creek
Tallgrass Creek neighbors (from left) Suzi Dobbelaere, Ruth Smith, and Sue Keena smile for the camera during the annual activities fair this February at the Overland Park, Kans., community.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (from left) Suzi Dobbelaere, Ruth Smith, and Sue Keena smile for the camera during the annual activities fair this February at the Overland Park, Kans., community.

Tallgrass Creek
In early February, future Tallgrass Creek neighbors Martha Hubbard (left) and Vicki Williamson enjoyed a game of Mix and Mingle Bingo at a wine and cheese tasting for those who have reserved apartment homes at Fountain View.

There were smiles all around as neighbors-to-be gathered at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans., for a “let’s get acquainted” wine and cheese tasting, early this February.

Windsor Run
(From left) Janet Clift, Courtney Layne, Sara Clinard, Linda TerHaar, and Penny Bobincheck at Linda’s first shell-flower-making class.

It’s been said that seashells are love letters in the sand. For Linda TerHaar, collecting the precious shells, known as shelling, is a hobby she’s enjoyed since childhood. 

“Growing up in South Florida, my father would take our family to Fort Myers beach each summer,” says Linda. “That is when I first started shelling, and I’ve enjoyed it ever since.”

Windsor Run
The Windsor Run chorus performed “Precious Lord,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth” to rave reviews at the community’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. They're seen here gathering for rehearsal.

According to the singing advocacy group Chorus America, more than 32 million American adults sing regularly in groups nationwide. This number represents an increase of more than ten million people in the last decade.

Wind Crest
When she's not hiking, Terri Billings likes to have fun on the trails with her horse. She's seen here, sitting backwards on horseback.

People who live at Wind Crest have an ally when it comes to staying fit and healthy throughout the year. With years of experience and a true passion for wellness, Fitness Manager Terri Billings helps community members achieve their fitness goals with a fun, holistic approach.

Wind Crest
Beth Brandenburg (left), one of two personal moving consultants at Wind Crest, gives Wilma DeBoer some helpful pointers on creating space in her closest.

I’ve been writing about downsizing and moving for nearly 15 years, and the most common remark I hear from people who have done it goes something like this: “I don’t miss a thing.”

Seabrook
\Nick and Mary Ann Cammarano coordinated with Custom Interiors Coordinator Linda Heintz to replace traditional French doors with a pocket French door. Now, the grandfather clock has a prominent place in their living space. 

I’ve been writing about downsizing and moving for nearly 15 years, and the most common remark I hear from people who have done it, goes something like this: “I don’t miss a thing.”