Friday, December 31, 2010


We are truly optimistic in this NEW YEAR! 

Not only are we hopeful in collecting non-intrusive medical equipment, we are hopeful to ship these supplies to the Dominican Republic. 

There's a need, we have the supply- LET'S MEET THEIR DEMAND! 

Not really a blog, but a true feeling of EXCITEMENT, HOPE, and OPTIMISM ;)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's Easy to Hit Someone Who Can't Hit You Back...

Increasingly, a disproportionate number of senior citizens are being abused by caretakers. The same hands who are suppose to care and feed them, are the same hands who gruesomely beat them. What's worse? These caretakers often get away with the abuse because as we all know, society often forgets the decrepit...

Senior citizens are often viewed as crazy and delusional. Though this may prove true for some, this is not indicative of the majority. Now, I understand that ones memory becomes faded, vision becomes blurred, and movements become progressively slower- but what is that an indication of, other then some wear and tear associated with age?  If we are to look at senior citizens as inferior beings because of the attributes associated with aging, then surely we can view the world as crazier and in worse shape. For instance, society today is overly medicated- shall we ignore this fact? Unfortunately, the world will say yes simply because they can think faster, walk faster, and even talk faster. This speed gives many the illusion of grandeur, and their superior strength leads to mistreatment.

There are many elderly who are stuck in their ways, meaning they are stubborn and want things done in a particular fashion. Did I mention there are many children and adults who are like this too, except society chooses to ignore this fact. Elders are seen as a burden to many, and as burdens are talked down to and abused. Elderly living with family members, in assisted living facilities, and nursing homes are target to the wrath of a caretaker. A wrath which may leave a small bruise on the arm, profuse bedsores, broken bones, and in many instances: death.

I suppose it's up to us to do something about it. As an institution, as an individual we MUST stand up for those who are too afraid or too frail to stand up for themselves.

Let us not forget we will be walking, maybe rolling in the shoes of an elder one day.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Before the Camelia Institute

"Even though I dedicated the name to my grandmother Camelia, my brother was my inspiration for this project..."

Having grown up in a tight knit Dominican family, there is no question to the role my maternal grandmother played in my life. My grandmother, Camelia, was an adoring woman who has played a large role in who I am today. Despite the integral role she played in my life, it was my brother Jaime who nurtured my passion for the elderly.

It is important to note that my mom, aunts, and uncles gave my grandmother lots of love and great treatment; however it was through Jaime, whom I idolized, that I really learned to care...  Roughly 11 years my senior, my brother was an adoring grandson who doted on my grandmother. It was through Jaime that I learned to be patient with a grandmother who suffered from dementia. Frankly, it was through Jaime that I understood the importance of caring for the old. 

Thanks in large part to Jaime, I am who I am today.  I am passionate about advocating for the elderly. I care deeply about increasing elder independence- despite their financial backgrounds. Not only do I want elderly to have a higher quality of life on a national level, I want this for elderly worldwide. Hopefully the Camelia Institute will fill this gap, at the very least, providing medical equipment to the under-served...

Special shout out to my sister, E, for motivating me and helping me find my way when I couldn't find it on my own.

-Jennifer Hernandez