Tallgrass Creek Ukulele players

As the sound of strumming chords fills the room, Dick Yates, Tallgrass Creek resident and organizer of a new musical group, queries the musicians. 

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (from left) Fran Wolfe, Dot Kleikamp, and Bunny Brown check out the overflowing bin of shoes donated for delivery to disaster relief areas around the world.

Many Tallgrass Creek neighbors are frequently on the lookout for those who need a little extra help. Residents work together on various projects coordinated by the community’s Hugs Committee, which assists the disadvantaged and homeless around the Kansas City metro area. 

Drs. Sharad and Shalini Gavankar stand beneath a beautiful piece of art featuring the Om, a sacred and spiritual symbol in Indian religions.

Though many Tallgrass Creek neighbors live far from their childhood homes, one couple, in particular, stands out. For 35 years, Drs. Shalini and Sharad Gavankar lived in India, two continents, and more than 8,000 miles from Overland Park, Kans., home of Tallgrass Creek. 

Helping out at Tallgrass Creek’s Home Resources Expo were (from left) resident Karen Saxon; Linda Scardino, an Erickson Living-recommended downsizing professional; Elaine Bahr, Tallgrass Creek’s sales counselor; and resident Phyllis McCalmon.

Earlier this year, about 85 guests who attended Tallgrass Creek’s annual Home Resources Expo found out everything they wanted to know about life at the Erickson Living community located in Overland Park, Kans. 

(From left) Tallgrass Creek residents Bill Klasinski, Dick Robison, and Bob Mueller

Three mornings a week at Tallgrass Creek, you’ll find a roomful of men exercising energetically and enjoying every minute of it.

Tallgrass Creek neighbors (from left) Bill Converse, Larry Hanna, and Peggy Izzard

An informative club at Tallgrass Creek is one way community members learn about an issue many adults find perplexing: technology. The community’s computer club, coordinated by residents Peggy Izzard and Bill Converse, started last year and was immediately well received. 

Team “One in a Minion” (from left): Judy Lynd, Phyllis McCalmon, Linda Schur, and Elaine Alexander

Scavenger hunts aren’t just for kids. Just ask the ten teams of Tallgrass Creek residents who participated earlier this year in a lively scavenger hunt. It was all about completing puzzling puzzles. 

Tallgrass Creek’s sales team members (from left) Elaine Bahr, Blake Marshall, Nancy Worthington, and Sue LaBelle

On a cold, snowy day earlier this year, about 50 visitors to Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans., enjoyed a warm welcome from the community’s sales team and residents.

Karen Cox in her Tallgrass Creek apartment home.

When Karen Cox was preparing to move to Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community located in Overland Park, Kans., she had some concerns.

“I had several, antique pieces of furniture that have been in my family for a long time and mean a lot to me,” says Karen, who moved from nearby Leawood. “I definitely wanted them in my new home and was worried they wouldn’t fit.”