Sales associate Sue LaBelle (left) shows future residents Ken and Cynthia Habiger where their new apartment home will be at Hummingbird Square, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building scheduled for completion in summer 2017.

It was all about meeting new friends and future neighbors earlier this year when about 60 future Tallgrass Creek neighbors enjoyed a late afternoon happy hour in the community’s beautifully manicured courtyard. 

Tallgrass Creek resident Nadyne Nesbitt (center) was one of many residents who enjoyed a mock debate with Harry and Bess Truman, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump, aka actors (from left) Neil Johnson, Heather Lawler, Joseph Fournier, and Nancy Cramer.

Presidential election debates are usually stressful not only for the nation’s top office contenders but sometimes even for audience members. That is, unless they occur at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living retirement community located in Overland Park, Kans.   

Dr. Denise Zwahlen (right), Tallgrass Creek’s new medical director, chats with Medical Assistant Vicki Fugate (left) and Practice Administrator Connie Wilson.

Tallgrass Creek welcomes Medical Director Dr. Denise Zwahlen, now heading up the Overland Park, Kans., retirement community’s medical center. 

Tallgrass Creek resident Ruth Holzschuh (left) reviews a schematic of Hummingbird Square with Sales Counselor Elaine Bahr. The new residence building is scheduled to open in summer 2017.

Earlier this year, Tallgrass Creek’s sales staff welcomed more than 60 visitors who lunched, listened, and learned about Hummingbird Square, the community’s new residence building now under construction.

Lifelong Learning Committee Chairman Don Blim (left) welcomes well-known local sports reporter Sam Mellinger as he arrives at Tallgrass Creek to speak with residents about his experiences reporting for The Kansas City Star.

If you are a sports fan in the Kansas City metro, you have probably read the words of Sam Mellinger, the award-winning sports reporter for The Kansas City Star.

Heading out the door for St. Joseph, Mo. are Tallgrass Creek neighbors (first row, from left) Les Woerther, Marilyn Woerther, Wanda Schwarz, Tippy McMorris, Karin Winn, Eva Angell, and (back row, from left) Joe McNellis, Bill Pitt, and Ken Angell.

On a sunny morning earlier this year, several Tallgrass Creek neighbors hit the road headed for St. Joseph, Mo., an hour north of Tallgrass Creek, the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kan.

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.