Dick Marquette (middle) loads new digital app My Erickson onto his computer as his wife Deanna (left) and Tallgrass Creek’s Resident Services Coordinator Ellen Neyman watch. The new app provides residents with easy access to all kinds of community info.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors now have a unique tool at their fingertips that provides instant access to all the happenings around the Overland Park, Kans. retirement community. 

Marilyn Wheeler (left) and Linda Westbrook are hard at work making plastic mats for the homeless that go underneath sleeping bags to keep moisture out. Residents use a ball of “plarn” made from cut-up, plastic grocery bags to crochet the mats.

Last year, a group of caring Tallgrass Creek neighbors baked a total of 31,119 cookies, all for other people to enjoy.   

Jan Reinhart enjoys collecting sketches from her many travels and has plenty of space to display them in her new apartment home at Tallgrass Creek. Jan was among the first residents of Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building.

When Jan Reinhart first thought about moving to Tallgrass Creek, she made an important decision. 

“I’d visited a friend several times who lived at Tallgrass Creek and liked what I saw,” says Jan. “So when Goldfinch Lane [Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building] was announced, I joined the priority list before they even broke ground.”

Doris Waller (left) enjoys living at Tallgrass Creek where her daughter Elaine Bahr enjoys working as a sales counselor.

When Elaine Bahr, a busy sales counselor at Tallgrass Creek, needs a “mom fix,” she doesn’t have far to go. Her mother, Doris Waller, is a short walk from Bahr’s office in her own comfortable apartment home at the Overland Park, Kans., Erickson Living community. 

Lindsey and Blake Marshall are all smiles in Kauai, Hawaii, one of their favorite vacation spots. Lindsey is the clinical liaison at Blue Sage Pointe, Tallgrass Creek’s continuing care neighborhood, and Blake is Tallgrass Creek’s sales director.

First dates can be a bit awkward, but not for Tallgrass Creek employees Lindsey and Blake Marshall. Their first date went so well it lasted eight hours. 

“We’d met at a marketing event a short time earlier and shared a few conversations,” says Lindsey. “But when we finally went to brunch one morning, it lasted on into dinner.”

New Tallgrass Creek community member Dennis Brown relaxes with pets Sydney, a yellow-naped Amazon parrot, and Tucker, a corgi.

The halls of Goldfinch Lane, Tallgrass Creek’s newest residence building, are bustling with activity as new neighbors arrive daily and become acquainted.

Tallgrass Creek Sales Director Blake Marshall (right) enthusiastically welcomes Jan and Gene Meyer, the very first residents of Goldfinch Lane.

Moving day could not come soon enough for Jan and Gene Meyer, the very first people to move into Goldfinch Lane, the newest residence building at Tallgrass Creek, in Overland Park, Kans.   

Ann and Jerry Brazil look dapper modelling fashions from the “mobster era” for Tallgrass Creek’s fashion show. The show, called “From Past to Present,” featured community members modeling present-day fashions along with fashions from yesteryear.

Visitors to Tallgrass Creek are frequently surprised by the array of unique activities available to residents. There are so many learning and social opportunities, in fact, that the Overland Park, Kans., Erickson Living community produces a 20-page guide of activities each month.