Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sierra Madre Has Become A Dementia Friendly City


It has been said that Sierra Made is a good place to lose your mind, and a few weeks back the City Council decided it was high time they finally made that official. After all, why wouldn't they? Most of them likely owe their seats of great civic consequence at the community dais to this situation.

The above article ran in the Mountain Views News in November, and it typifies press release journalism in its most palpable form. That plus the kinds of fawning exposure businesses advertising heavily with this paper are likely to receive.

While this is just more of the heartwarming humbug Sierra Madre has always doted upon, it can also serve as quite an example of the bizarre state of health care in this country. Let's face it, The Kensington is getting a very healthy return on its community outreach.

Look, it is all well and good to advocate for the rights of those who suffer from a disability. The affirmative juxtaposition of medical misfortune and civil rights in this country is well established, and in most cases rightly so. But what if those rights only come at an extremely high financial cost? And without that dough, out you go?

The following numbers come to us from a website called AssistedLiving.com (link). This first set deals with the cost of the monthly rent at The Kensington.


The next one identifies the fees you might incur while residing in one of those spaces.


Based on the figures AssistedLiving.com has provided, a resident at The Kensington with a single room and "high care needs fees" (such as those a full blown dementia patient might be required to pay), could be looking at costs in excess of $120,000 dollars a year.

Perhaps if The Kensington really wanted to show that they're fighting for the rights and needs of those suffering from dementia, it would open its doors to all who suffer. And not just those having families with extraordinary amounts of money to spend.

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37 comments:

  1. When you drive into Sierra Madre there are a number of signs. One of them says that this is a Tree City. Will there now be a sign declaring Sierra Madre to be a Dementia Friendly City as well?

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    1. I wonder what the sign will look like? Will there be a graphic?

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    2. I emailed Gabe England this morning and he informed me that the city would not be placing Dementia Friendly signs anywhere in the city.

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  2. It explains all the Trump supporters.

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  3. I don’t get it, the single Kensington, a private assisted living facility, and this somehow justifies labeling the entire city as dimentia friendly. Huh ?

    Since the city now makes this claim, what exactly will the city do to help people with dementia? Refer them to Kensington?

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    1. I guess the city council leaned in on the Kensington's marketing of their high end dementia care services because they pay a lot of taxes?

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    2. Exactly, 7:02. It's a business celebration proclamation.

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    3. Sciurba wants to get well-heeled Sierra Madre residents with a dementia sufferer in their home to attend one of his informational meeting. there they will get a hard sell on all The Kensington can do for them. At a considerable cost, of course.

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    4. The Kensington has overseas investors who expect a decent return on their investment. I am sure there is considerable pressure that comes with holding a marketing job there.

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    5. Interesting way to send your money overseas.

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  4. Who is the dude with Harabedian? He is not identified in the MVN fluffer.

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    1. Steve Sciurba, Director of Community Outreach for The Kensington.

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    2. My guess is The Kensington has promised a large donation to Harabedian's Assembly campaign. That is why he is in that picture and not the Mayor.

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    3. “Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
      To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
      To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
      To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
      To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
      To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”
      ― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents

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    4. John won’t get my vote.

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  5. In the Mountain Views News item it states: "Further, we will be offering care and giver support on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7pm."

    The "we" is confusing. Is it Susan that will be giving this support, or The Kensington?

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    1. The Kensington. Some lazy daisy at the MVN just cut and pasted that from Sciurba's press release.

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  6. Is The Kensington suggesting that those suffering from dementia have been discriminated against in Sierra Madre? Was this a remedy for something?

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  7. Then how do you explain yourself 5:51am?

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    1. After he is impeached Trump will be moving into The Kensington

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    2. President T should already be there.

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  8. The Kensington's fees are at the top of the market. I wonder what they do for the people who take shelter with them, and then outlive their money.

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  9. The Kensington and the Sierra Madre City Council neglected to mention the residents of C.L.I.M.B. the original "disabilities" citizens of town; guessing they can't relate but do find commonalities with Dementia?

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  10. The terrible disease that robs a person's mind turns out to be a cash cow. However, great advancements are being made in identifying it before symptoms manifest, and maybe a vaccine - so the elder care facilities that are making money hand over fist in housing the patients have to maximize their profits while they can.

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  11. This answers the curiosity of the increased signage atop many of the downtown business district lightpoles pointing in all directions.
    It is difficult enough to strain our necks attempting to read the miniscule banners strewn across the cypress trees at the park across from the Keninston but now the city has iffered an explanation from this proclamation of Sierra Madre being a Dementia compatible town.

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  12. Was it part of the settlement money for the lack of required parking at the Keninston that funded the new blinking lights in the business section?

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    1. Have you ever seen all of those lights going off at once? It's enough to trigger an epileptic fit.

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  13. True 8:47am advancements are being made in this field. The Keninston and associate's just cornered the market of catering to the wealthier among us.
    All of their additional businesses are located within affluent cities and probably run under 501c.

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  14. Thank you 9:25am. President Obama broke that mold with his time served in the White House and even with all of his short comings he did break the glass ceiling.

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    1. I miss Obama. Imperfect but a great leader.

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  15. How International Business Interests Viewed the Quick Success of the Kensington Project
    https://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2016/12/how-international-business-interests.html

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  16. Lol 9:14am iam sure thats for the residents of CLIMB! It would be nice if the city would put one of those flashing lights down by the Library crossing where that Grandmother was hit by a passing motorist and sadly died a few years ago.

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  17. There are apparent businesses in Arcadia that sure look like money laundering establishments. Stores that NEVER have customers present. Northwest corner of First Ave and Duarte Rd. ‘clothing’ store.

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  18. 9:41am Amazon shipping and UPS?

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    1. No, women’s clothing place. Check it out you’ll never see one customer. Money Laundering in action.

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