Phil Hocker reviews Johnson County Lifestyle, a local magazine that recently awarded Tallgrass Creek with its prestigious “Reader’s Choice” award for best retirement community in Johnson County, Kans.

When Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kans., opened its doors in October 2007, it was the 15th retirement community developed by Baltimore, Md.-based Erickson Living. That first year, about 90 residents moved into Bluebird Crossing, Tallgrass Creek’s first residence building.

Judy Higginbotham was the very first person to move to Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, which recently began welcoming new residents.

Judy Higginbotham has some special recognition no one else can claim. She is the very first person to move to Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, which very recently began welcoming residents. 

After enjoying a tailgate picnic celebrating Tallgrass Creek’s tenth anniversary, community members joined together to form a colorful “10” as a drone overhead snapped photos.

Tallgrass Creek’s tenth birthday bash was everything an anniversary celebration should be.

Tallgrass Creek Sales Director Blake Marshall acts out the term “ear wax” for his team in a lively game of charades during a recent Exec Connect gathering.

The Sunflower Bistro rings with laughter when Exec Connect, one of Tallgrass Creek’s newest social activities, rolls around each month. Exec Connect is an always entertaining opportunity for community members and Tallgrass Creek’s management team to spend time together and have fun. 

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (front, from left) Elaine Alexander, Peggy Izzard, and Maida Whitten review some of the impressive artwork created by their fellow residents.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (front, from left) Elaine Alexander, Peggy Izzard, and Maida Whitten review some of the impressive artwork their fellow residents created for the “Art at the Heart of Giving” event held earlier this year.

Tallgrass Creek’s Facebook page features this photo of the community’s ukulele players (from left) Jean Janecek, Susan Pease, Lois Ellis, Bill Converse, Bob VanLandingham, Dick Yates, and Bob Butterworth.

More than ever, seniors are a large part of the more than one billion people who log onto Facebook daily, the most popular social media platform in the world. In fact, about 65% of online adults age 65-plus are now “Facebook friendly.” 

Resident ambassadors (from left) Phyllis McCalmon, Mark Gingrich, and Phyllis and George Chamblin review schematics of Goldfinch Lane, the fifth residence building to be built at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans.

As Tallgrass Creek prepares to welcome community members to its newest residence building, Hummingbird Square, the Overland Park, Kans., community also has its eye on the future. Goldfinch Lane, a fifth residence building on the 65-acre campus, has broken ground and should see completion by fall 2018.

Four women examine the brown-bagged bottles at the event that raised money for the Resident Care Fund.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (front, from left) Linda Sheffield and Jacquie VanMeter watch Jean Janecek choose from a large selection of brown-bagged bottles of wine as Resident Life Manager Jan Magee (in back) looks on.

Retired physician Merrill Stiles (front) demonstrates a tai chi class for his fellow Tallgrass Creek neighbors as part of the community’s celebration of National Senior Fitness Day.

Retired physician and Tallgrass Creek resident Merrill Stiles demonstrated the gentle movements of tai chi earlier this year as part of the community’s National Senior Fitness Day celebration.