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Friday, July 23, 2010

Anthony Gardenal, Missing Dementia Patient, Turns Up Safe at VA Hospital

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Anthony Gardenal's story seems to have a happy ending, this time
  • Anthony Gardenal's story seems to have a happy ending, this time

Anthony Gardenal, a 73-year-old dementia patient who loudly stormed out of his assisted care facility on Saturday, has turned up safe, SF Weekly has learned.

Social workers at the VA Medical center in the city's northwest corner phoned the Araville Residential Care Home today and informed him that Gardenal has turned up at the hospital. His whereabouts for the past week are not known.

Caregiver Ellen Aquino described Gardenal's Saturday flight from the Florida Street residential care facility as a loud, profanity-filled affair that left Muni patrons waiting at a nearby bus stop gawking.

Gardenal, who has only lived at the San Francisco facility for around two months, was "agitated" on that day. This, Aquino notes, is not unusual -- "he is always yelling and shouting."

On that day, Gardenal told staff he was going to the Bank of America -- and he was going now. According to the caretaker, he marched downstairs and out of the building. While staff followed him, he abused them with four-letter epithets, drawing the attention of nearby Muni patrons.

At this point, Aquino recalled, another elderly resident called out to the staff from upstairs, forcing them to run and attend to her. When they returned, Gardenal was gone.

SF Weekly's calls to the VA have not yet been returned.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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