Enjoying Tallgrass Creek’s volunteer appreciation breakfast are (from left, front) Marlys Welch, Jacquie VanMeter, Terry VanMeter, Fred Olson, and Don Welch.

From teaching tai chi to coordinating computer classes to making cookies, scarves, and hats for the homeless, Tallgrass Creek volunteers are tireless.

Rhonda Gaugh, M.D. (left), chats with Shalini Gavankar, who lives at Tallgrass Creek, in Overland Park, Kans., at a town hall meeting earlier this year introducing Gaugh to community members.

Rhonda Gaugh, M.D., Tallgrass Creek’s new on-site physician, is a little different from many primary care doctors.

Esther Dritley (standing) and Martha Moss participate in Senior Fitness Day at Tallgrass Creek.

You may wonder why Esther Dritley (standing) is intently preparing to stack dice on a popsicle stick held firmly in Martha Moss’s mouth.

Tallgrass Creek priority list members (from left) Nancy Dyer, Dixie Robinson, and Sales Director Blake Marshall toast the announcement of Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, now under construction.

There were champagne toasts all around earlier this year as about 150 priority list members celebrated the announcement and groundbreaking of Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building.

Tallgrass Creek ukulele players

Student musicians from Shawnee Mission Elementary School hold sheet music for Tallgrass Creek ukulele players (from left) Wanda Schwarz, Bill Converse, Bob Van Landingham, Edie Dahm, Nadyne Nesbitt, and Mary Lou Vest during a lively musical evening earlier this year.

Tallgrass Creek residents stretch and strengthen in one of the community’s many weekly group fitness classes.

As Fitness Coordinator Camin Bell leads Tallgrass Creek neighbors in warm-up movements for her popular Stretch and Strengthen class, she reminds everyone that exercise feels better when you smile.

Mike Stoakes (left) of the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City watches intently along with Tallgrass Creek residents Bill (center) and Frances Lynn for different birds that make their home on the community’s 65-acre campus.

The weather and the birds cooperated earlier this year when about 25 Tallgrass Creek neighbors took advantage of a special outing hosted by the community’s Nature Club.

Water aerobics class at Tallgrass Creek pool.

The water is warm and welcoming all year round in the large, glass-enclosed swimming pool at

(From left) Sales Associate Sue LaBelle; resident ambassadors Lynn Brown, Fran Wolfe, Elsie Pickett, Bunny Brown; and Sales Director Blake Marshall welcome first-time visitors to Tallgrass Creek, the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans.

Earlier this year, about 40 visitors got their first look at what living at Tallgrass Creek is all about.