(from far right) Residents Karen Keenan and Jane Watts watch as pancakes are flipped onto Resident Life Manager Jan Magee’s plate. Residents were treated to a complimentary pancake breakfast catered by local catering company Chris Cakes.

Several times a month, Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr accompanies prospective residents as they tour Tallgrass Creek’s spacious campus. When Bahr and her guests stop to chat with community members they pass along the way, one particular question comes up.  

Residents Lavetta Miller (left) and Fran Wolfe display a plethora of quilted pumpkins, pot holders, and blankets at Tallgrass Creek’s annual craft fair. Several quilters at Tallgrass Creek contributed to the tableful of colorful creative items.

There were quilts of all sizes and colors, embroidered tea towels, colorful bracelets and necklaces, sophisticated handbags, melt-in-your-mouth banana bread, and much more at Tallgrass Creek’s annual craft fair. 

Enjoying an end-of-summer poolside party are Tallgrass Creek fitness team members (from left) Camin Bell and Ashley Huesers with residents Darlene Bard and Jeff Howell

Enjoying an end-of-summer poolside party are Tallgrass Creek fitness team members (from left) Camin Bell and Ashley Huesers with residents Darlene Bard and Jeff Howell. Everyone enjoyed a light buffet of fresh vegetables and fruit with homemade dips and pita triangles with hummus, while sipping Mai Tai cocktails and lemonade. 

Wanda Schwarz (right) sings “Pennies From Heaven” at Tallgrass Creek’s annual standing-room-only talent show.

Wanda Schwarz (right) sings “Pennies From Heaven” at Tallgrass Creek’s annual standing-room-only talent show. This year’s show featured 15 residents who entertained with vocal numbers, dancing, humorous readings, stand-up comedy, and instrumental performances.

Alan Oehrle adds an adjustable shelf to an end table he made in Tallgrass Creek’s woodshop. In addition to their own projects, Alan and his fellow woodworkers frequently assist their neighbors with individual projects and repairs.

With the holidays right around the corner, Tallgrass Creek’s woodshop frequently resembles Santa’s workshop. 

Along with their normal projects, several residents build doll cradles and colorful children’s stools for a local nonprofit agency that provides toys for low-income families during the holidays. 

Jean Tracy and her sister Nancy Davis (left) use their laptops and smartphones every day. Jean also helps train her fellow neighbors on My Erickson, an app developed by Erickson Living that can be installed on laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.

Jean Tracy smiles as she remembers the first computer she ever used. 

“It was in the early ’80s,” says Jean, who moved from California two years ago to Tallgrass Creek, in Overland Park, Kans. “It was called a ‘luggable’ and was the precursor to a laptop. It weighed so much, I needed a cart to move it around.” 

Tallgrass Creek residents enjoy a wide variety of fitness classes, such as the popular Stretch and Strengthen class pictured above. The 48 weekly land-based fitness and aquatics classes address every level of fitness and are designed to increase strength, flexibility, balance, and aerobic capacity. 

The dance floor frequently fills during the “Mix It Up Wednesday” happy hour in Tallgrass Creek’s Sunflower Bistro where residents gather to chat, listen to music, and dance.

Tallgrass Creek community members gather in the community clubhouse’s comfortable living room several times a month to enjoy toe-tapping entertainment provided by performers from around the Kansas City area.

Pat and Rich McCartney enjoy the garden just outside their home at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans. Pat is known for her beautiful greeting cards that feature pressed flowers from her garden.

When Pat and Rich McCartney began their search for a retirement community, they made a list of four things they wanted.