When Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Senior Living community in Overland Park, Kans., opened in October 2007, Judy and Terry Turner were among the first 90 retirees to move in.
The Turners recall they had nearly chosen another retirement community--until they toured Tallgrass Creek.
"There was a more positive, upbeat feeling here, and financially, it was a good value," says Judy.
Now, the couple is thankful that their decision landed them an engaging, worry-free lifestyle--that they plan on making the most of in 2024!
Under one roof
The reasons Judy and Terry chose Tallgrass Creek 17 years ago still hold true today.
"We've loved our apartment home and our neighbors from day one," says Judy, who's glad that stressors like appliance repairs and lawn care are a thing of the past. "We have such a relaxing lifestyle now."
With maintenance-free apartment homes that create more time for pursuing hobbies and interests, residents like the Turners are going to be busy in the new year.
"There's so many interesting things to do!" she says of the community’s amenities.
The scenic, 65-acre campus boasts two fitness centers, a dog park, a pickleball court, a creative arts studio, a library, hair salon, and a theater room.
The Turners are familiar faces at the many social, educational, and fitness opportunities that happen around campus. Judy especially enjoys the water aerobics classes in the fitness and aquatic center's indoor pool--warmed to a balmy 82 degrees.
"I love the instructors," says Judy. "The classes are excellent! I never want to miss one."
The couple frequently ends their busy days at one of the six restaurants on campus.
"The food is outstanding, and there's lots of menu choices," says Judy. "It's all just easy! Every service we need or want is here. It's small town living at its best."
Vicki and Ron Williamson are newer residents, having lived at Tallgrass Creek for almost three years. Like the Turners, their positive outlook on 2024 is thanks to their engaging, worry-free lifestyle.
"We made a detailed list of our wants and requirements when we started looking at retirement communities," says Vicki. "We're very active, so we wanted to find a place that reflects the way we live."
The energetic couple looked at every retirement community in the area before choosing Tallgrass Creek--a decision they're still happy with today.
"We're in love with this place," says Vicki. "I have so much fun in the art and exercise classes, and we both enjoy the special dining events, happy hours, and walking around this beautiful campus."
Communication is key
Ann and Jerry Brazil, Tallgrass Creek residents since 2010, moved soon after they retired from the military.
Impressed by the community's high level of engagement, the Brazils knew that Tallgrass Creek was the perfect place for them.
"There is a level of activity that can't be matched anywhere else," says Ann. "There's more to do than you have time for! But, of course, there's never any pressure to do anything."
Jerry chaired the community's veterans club for several years and Ann, a retired nurse, was instrumental in starting the Retired Nurses Reminiscing group.
Since moving to the community over a decade ago, the couple has become increasingly impressed with the clear and open communication that members of Tallgrass Creek's management team demonstrate.
"Updates are shared through our TVs, in-person town halls, and weekly newsletters. Overall, there's just an attitude of helpfulness and caring," says Ann.
Supported by staff members who go above and beyond, Ann and Jerry are looking forward to another year packed with activities.
Tallgrass Creek, now home to over 900 retirees, has a distinct vision for 2024 that's characterized by growth and opportunity.
Two new residence buildings, both of which are under construction, will provide a vibrant, maintenance-free lifestyle to even more seniors in the years ahead.
The Williamsons see Tallgrass Creek's expansion as evidence of a bright future.
"We've watched beautiful new residence buildings go up, more restaurants open, even a pickleball court added, which is such a fun addition," says Vicki. "We think more people means more fun and bodes well for the future."
Others share this high regard. For the second year in a row, Tallgrass Creek was voted Best Senior Living Community in Kansas City Magazine's 2023 Best of Kansas City awards through write-in votes from readers.
"It doesn't surprise me at all that Tallgrass Creek is number one," notes Vicki. "It offers a wonderful lifestyle along with a caring mentality that you won't find anywhere else."
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