Marjorie Elkin Continues to Find Inspiration in Santa Barbara and Vista del Monte

Marjorie Elkin has been part of the Santa Barbara community for decades. She was born here in 1933 and graduated high school in 1950. She enjoys the fantastic Mediterranean climate, breathtaking scenery, glorious flora, wide, palm-fringed beaches and the storied history of the community dubbed the “American Riviera.” “You could say Santa Barbara is part of my DNA,” Marjorie said with a laugh. “Why would I want to live anywhere else?” But Marjorie’s roots in California go back even …

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Meet Amy Ross, Vista del Monte’s No. 1 ‘Go-To’ Person

Come to Vista del Monte and we’ll take care of all your day-to-day chores so you’re free to do all the things you love. Our entire staff is here for you, and they get quite a bit of satisfaction knowing they’re helping you live your life the way you choose. But on the occasion that you do have a problem – whether it’s a question or concern, or a bigger roadblock in your pursuit of happiness – and you’re not sure where to turn or who to call, then we have just the person: Amy Ross, …

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Simple Steps You Can Take to Prevent Falls

September 22, national Falls Prevention Awareness Day, focuses attention on the leading cause ofinjury-related emergency department visits. As a leading provider of senior housing, Front Porchunderstands that falls can be prevented and shares simple steps you can take to decrease falls risks. Falls affect us all. The risk of falling increases with age. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. If you slip, trip or fall, it could change your life. You could break a bone, take a …

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Summer House at Vista del Monte Offers Innovative, Comforting Environment for Those With Cognitive Issues

The joy of hearing a favorite song. The comfort of smelling cookies baking in the oven. The sense of connection that comes from being with others. At Summer House, a memory-care neighborhood at Vista del Monte senior living community in Santa Barbara, these sensory experiences are woven into the daily lives of residents living with Alzheimer's and other cognitive challenges. Some are achieved in the usual way, such as making chocolate chip cookies in the counter-top Otis Spunkmeyer ove…

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Community is Why You Feel Welcome at Vista del Monte

Helen McCann had just lost her husband when she started thinking about where she wanted to live. She knew it wasn't in the home they once shared that was now too large for one person. But where? "I wanted a community where I could have privacy and a sense of community, not where every time I opened my door, everyone would ask, 'Where are you going?'" Helen said with a laugh. "I wanted an apartment on the ground floor, no stairs. I did not want a hallway. I also had two dogs and, you'd be sur…

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Admiration for Scholarship Programs Fuels Giving

For many years before moving to Vista del Monte, longtime Santa Barbara residents Roxana and Fred were members of Vista's Fitness and Aquatic Center, which is open to the public. "We were very familiar with Vista, so when we decided to move to a retirement community, Vista was a natural choice," Fred said. After they settled into Vista in 2019, Roxana became president of the Resident Association and currently serves as its past president. She was also a member of Vista's Philanthropy Committ…

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Helga Carden Stays on the Move at Vista del Monte

For anyone who needs motivation to exercise, meet Vista del Monte resident, 98-year-old Helga Carden, who seems to always be on the move - literally. Ever since moving to Vista about five years ago, Helga has participated in almost every fitness class the community offers. Six days a week, she takes a mile walk around the campus - enjoying its beautiful landscape and checking in with neighbors. She says her favorite and most challenging class at Vista is definitely Pilates and she is a regul…

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Residents Discover their ‘Sense of Place’ at Front Porch Communities

In academic circles, "sense of place" refers to the subjective and emotional attachment people have to a particular geographic location, shaped by their personal experiences and cultural associations. Drawing on this definition, Front Porch developed the Sense of Place program: a six-part series that allows new and established residents to explore together how they experience their community and to share what they value and want to keep - and what they want to change. Senior Director for Res…

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Spiritual Care is Just as Important as Care for Mind and Body at Vista del Monte

Traditionally, conversations about health and well-being focus on the mind and body, but spiritual health is also important. Spiritual health is nurtured by seeking meaning, purpose, and transcendence throughout the lifespan. "Some people's spirituality is deeply rooted in organized religion," said the Rev. Laura Mancuso, Spiritual Life Director at Vista del Monte retirement community. "Others are more practice-based than faith-based -- for example, a person who studies Buddhist teachings an…

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Residents Marilou and Peggy are Two Peas in a Pod at Vista del Monte

"Peggy is a carnivore and I'm closer to a vegetarian," quipped resident Marilou Shiells when explaining the only significant issue on which she and longtime friend Peggy Stivers differ. "We only disagree at the dinner table. Other than that, we're two peas in a pod." Pals, amigos, confidants, chums, bosom buddies: no matter what you call them, Peggy and Marilou certainly fit the bill. Marilou has lived at Vista for 17 years and Peggy for eight. Peggy first met Marilou during a tour of V…

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