How Are You Caring For Your Inner Eco-System?

I first heard the term “eco-system” in the mid 1980s from a friend who was completing an internship at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte, Colorado. Every day she painstakingly counted specific tiny organisms within a certain square yard on a mountainside. As a biologist, she understood the significance of the organisms she…

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Mateo’s Best Stitch is Making Masks

Mateo Gavilanes spent more than two decades perfecting his skills as a tailor in Mexico. But when an opportunity to come to the United States presented itself almost 20 years ago, he decided to make the move. Mateo models one of his masks. He has been a maintenance technician at Vista del Monte ever since,…

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Memory Care Residences are Ready for Move-in at Summer House

Visiting guitarist entertains Summer House residents. “An exceptional memory care community is designed to provide peace of mind for families and caregivers, but more importantly to enhance the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” says Doug Tucker, Vista del Monte’s executive director. “All too often, families wait until there is a true…

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Dr. Dean Vogel and his wife, Mary, enjoy a chat on their patio. Pioneering physician, veteran, family man, detective novel enthusiast, 60-year Santa Barbara resident and amateur astronomer all describe Vista del Monte resident Dr. Dean Vogel. “I have a full life — a somewhat exciting life — and I’m looking forward to experiencing new…

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Residents Have a Blast at SpaceX Tour

Recently, Vista del Monte residents were excited to go on an exclusive tour of one of Southern California’s leading aerospace companies and manufacturers, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, more commonly known as SpaceX. A Southern California company that began as a start-up, SpaceX is a leading name in reusable rockets and manufacturing. So it was no…

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Expressing Gratitude Each Day for Working and Living at Vista del Monte

We talk about gratitude a lot here at Vista del Monte, Front Porch’s retirement community in Santa Barbara. Not only because it has been proven to benefit one’s mental health, but also because we, as staff, get to experience it every day. As Vista del Monte’s chaplain, I have the unique pleasure of getting to…

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