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66 Montecito Magazine Fall 2018–Winter 2019 monthly magazine. She’s also wrapping up a book, Best for Last, about Santa Barbara’s natural history. Birding is another of Phila’s passions. As co-chair of the buildings and grounds committee at The Samarkand, she and other residents convinced the staff to add a garden of native plants to attract birds and other wildlife. Keeping fit is also important. “Dani’s our fitness coordinator, and she’s fantastic! She does everything from taking us on hikes and to the fitness studio. She’s incredible!” says Phila. Dani Tervo-Shiffman, The Samarkand’s fitness coordinator, describes how the community incorporates the latest research to meet the needs of active, technologically savvy residents like Phila, “Now we’re having our 60-year-olds asking, ‘Where’s the hot yoga? Where’s the pull-up bars? Where’s our CrossFit class?’” she says. Residents like to challenge themselves both physically and mentally in competitions on the CyberCycles. In the fitness studio, power work on the Technogym equipment strengthens muscle groups to help prevent falls. In the new year, upgrades to this equipment will help residents track progress on their smart phones. Vista del Monte n a peaceful, pine-studded campus, minutes from the beach and downtown Santa Barbara, Vista del Monte is adapting to the new demographic trends with a packed activity schedule, upscale dining and a revitalization of its recreational facilities. “We have a full monthly calendar to do whatever you want to do,” says resident Toni Straka (right, top), a retired schoolteacher who has volunteered at Cottage Hospital for more than 50 years and also plays percussion in a local group, Prime Time Band. “About twice a week, movies are screened in the main lounge, and I love the concerts that they have in the evenings,” she adds. Activities like Zumba, tai chi, arts and crafts and mindfulness meditation complement off-campus trips such as excursions to the symphony and theater, as well as shopping, sailing and hiking in the local mountains. Walkability is also important to the new wave of retiring seniors, and Toni loves Vista del Monte’s new ecologically friendly gardens. Paths weave around the sprawling green space, and benches beckon under bristling pines and redwoods. “We have movies on the lawn, we have ice cream socials and barbecues. It’s a gathering spot,” says Toni. Toni and her husband, Bill, love their two- bedroom apartment close to Vista del Monte’s amenities. “I appreciate that my husband can be independent and get around on his motorized wheelchair,” she says. As residents age, Vista del Monte’s Truly Yours assisted living services allow them to stay in their homes with special customized services. In summer 2019, a unique memory care neighborhood, Summer House at Vista del Monte, will expand the community for residents needing specialized memory care. Vista del Monte recently upgraded its fitness and aquatic center with new interactive O PHOTO BY KAREN HASTINGS PHOTO BY ZELMAN STUDIOS / COURTESY FRONT PORCH