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Tallgrass Creek
Community member Jill Jones reviews a schematic of Fountain View, Tallgrass Creek’s new residence building, currently under construction.

The Tallgrass Creek sales team welcomes guests daily as they arrive to tour the Overland Park, Kans. community and learn more about Fountain View, the new residence building currently under construction. 

Tallgrass Creek
Bunny Brown (from left) and Fran Wolfe (center) receive cookies from Georgia Erickson, one of many Tallgrass Creek neighbors who bakes cookies each month that are included in lunches the homeless.

Around the middle of each month, the smell of freshly baked cookies fills the air in Tallgrass Creek’s resident life office. That is because the office is filled with literally thousands of cookies dropped off by community members, fresh from their own ovens.  

Tallgrass Creek
Tallgrass Creek fitness instructor Camin Bell (center) leads the Men’s Only Strength Training classes each week to a roomful of enthusiastic participants.  

When Carolyn Stiles moved to Tallgrass Creek several years ago, she didn’t know she would discover a creative outlet that would add greatly to her life.   

Seabrook
Former high school art teacher Dennis Carroll is seen here on a beige couch in his living room. There is a painting on the wall behind him.

Over the past decade, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people who live at Seabrook, the continuing care retirement community in Tinton Falls, N.J., developed and managed by Baltimore, Md.-based Erickson Living. Among all my interviews, I’ve discovered seven common reasons people move to and enjoy living at Seabrook. 

Seabrook
Seabrook’s solar field faces south at a tilt of ten degrees. The height of the back panel stands approximately seven-and-a-half-feet high. It will produce approximately 20%–25% of Seabrook’s annual electric load.

April 22, 2020, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. According to the website, earthday.org, “The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge—but also the vast opportunities—of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the fiftieth anniversary.”

Riderwood
Nancy Pawliger is the immediate past chair of the continuing education committee.

How many times have you thought to yourself, “I’d love to learn more about opera,” or “When I retire, I’ll finally become fluent in Italian”? Learning new things and mastering new skills is a rewarding experience, but making the time to actually do it can be a challenge.

Riderwood
Hannah Spalding runs a club at Riderwood called Genealogy Through Technology. It's one of two groups on campus focused on genealogical research. She is pictured here with her husband Bernard.

Hannah Spalding first took a serious interest in genealogy back in the 1980s after her first cousin gave her a copy of all of the research she had done on their family’s Irish ancestors during a State Department tour in Paris. Around the same time, Hannah and her husband Bernard attended a reunion of his large southern Maryland family.

Riderwood
Residents and staff gathered earlier this year to celebrate the grand opening of the Blue Heron Pub, Riderwood’s newest on-site restaurant.

The people who live at Riderwood often say that one of the best things about life at the community is that they no longer have to spend so much time grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning.

Oak Crest
Oak Crest Sales Associate Alyssa Himes (right) coordinates tailored overnight stays for prospective residents as part of the community’s Live the Life program. Carol Heinlein (left) participated in the program before moving to Oak Crest.

Like test-driving a new car or tasting the samples in a grocery store, most people enjoy the opportunity to try before they buy.