Senior living community comes together to enjoy music, friends and fun
Overland Park, KS – January 3, 2020 – At Tallgrass Creek, a senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living, residents enjoy a vibrant, active lifestyle. With dozens of resident-run groups and clubs and an array of convenient, on-campus amenities, there are numerous opportunities to engage with neighbors and pursue personal interests.
Throughout the year, a committee of resident volunteers work in partnership with the community's professional Resident Life team to organize special events. The gatherings are designed to bring neighbors from across the community together to share their diverse backgrounds and get to know one another.
Earlier this fall, the group hosted Tallgrass Creek's first-ever Karaoke Night for a crowd of nearly 100. With help from on-staff audio-visual professionals, they transformed Tallgrass Creek's bistro to provide room for a stage with sound throughout the space.
The event was such a hit that at the very next committee meeting, they immediately scheduled another Karaoke Night, this time a holiday edition during December, which recently took place.
"I had never seen a karaoke event before, but it turned out to be a huge success," said Bill Converse, a member of the committee who helped to organize the event. "I think everyone had a lot of fun. Karaoke was something new and different, which I think people enjoyed."
Events like these help to support Tallgrass Creek's integrated approach to health and wellness, incorporating all seven dimensions of health. Especially for seniors, socialization is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. The ability to relate to and connect with other people and maintain positive relationships can help to improve their overall quality of life.
For example, in addition to singing karaoke and volunteering on the committee, Bill heads up Tallgrass Creek's Ukulele Club and attends monthly lectures as part of the community's Great Courses program, providing opportunities to socialize while learning something new.
"I didn't play ukulele or sing before I moved here," says Bill. "Now, I've been singing for about three years. It has been great to try new experiences."
That includes karaoke, he says.
"We get so many compliments about Karaoke Night," says Bill. "We're thinking about making it a quarterly event."
About Tallgrass Creek: Tallgrass Creek, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 65-acre campus in Overland Park, Kansas. The not-for-profit community of more than 500 residents and 350 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of the community. Additional information can be found at TallgrassCreek.com.
Photo Credit: Rod Zeigler
Photo Caption: Tallgrass Creek residents share the spotlight and the microphone at the senior living community's first-ever Karaoke Night, just one of a variety of fun and engaging events designed to enhance residents' vibrant retirement lifestyles.