Irmita! The cutest 97-year-old chica ever.
Irma taking Julio's blood pressure. Are you trained in this? This is one of the things healthcare workers and trained volunteers can do!
The original house of Geriatric San Jorge for 25 years. Irma and the elders were kicked out when the lease ended and wasn't renewed in June 2009.
One of the bathrooms at the old house...Obviously they lack helpful home-care equipment that could make their lives and mobility much easier.
The only couple of San Jorge, Julio and Titiana, sitting on the porch. Unfortunately, Titiana passed away about a month ago. May she rest in peace...
Antonia...another lovely lady
Patino and Alejandro...such kind men...but they need new wheelchairs! Please help us get them some!
Oh my goodness, I adore this man
I pinched his face every time I saw him..I couldn't help it! :)
Teresita....I did basic exercises with her each day and walked with her around the yard with her walker. She definitely got stronger by the time I left.
Fatu, my darling Fatu...he went blind 7 years ago from diabetes, loves to listen to soccer on the radio, and talk to anyone willing to have a conversation. He also loves to listen to volunteers read him stories in spanish (it doesn't matter if your accent isn't that great!)
That was Irmita's table!
This is how these kind people spend all day. While Irma is working feverishly to clean, cook and take care of everyone, she doesn't have the time to keep them busy, take them for walks, play games...that's why we need volunteers!
Julio getting blood pressure taken again!
walking with Teresita!
From the left: Irmita, Carlos, Fatu and Antonia, hanging out in the living area
Irmita's feet next to mine while we were dancing
Ariel playing Argentina folk music on the guitar! He is so good! If you can play an instrument, please do so for the elders. THEY LOVE IT!
Irmita and I dancing to Ariel's beautiful music
Ben helping Irmita go for a walk!
We thought it would be nice to spruce up the house and give it a new paint job....too bad they kicked out Irma not too long after this!
Irmita and Tim...she loves the dogs
Irmita and Tim enjoying the sunshine
I was working with Carlos a little bit each day doing exercise's a visiting physical therapist suggested for him. He suffers from Alzheimer's with very tight muscles and decreased mobility. Ben, a current medical student, looks on
My darling Carlos! He is such a kind man....I was dirty from power-washing the house before painting
helping Teresita walk while instructing her how to use her walker properly and trust herself!
Tim is such a cute painter!
Julio and Titiana again relaxing in the shade
Beautiful Chantel taking a break while Ariel strums a tune
POWER WASHING...look at all the nasty black mold we had to get rid of before we started painting...it was a massive project
The crew in their spots
Ariel playing for Carlos, Fatu and the others
my darling Carlos!
paint paint paint
all the volunteers taking a break from painting for lunch on a saturday!
Robyn, from Toronto, did awesome things with filling in holes in the building!
Juan Cruz, Irma's youngest son
Ariel, get to work!
it was a great way to cool off on such a hot day!
Tim wanted a little shower too
Chantel from Vancouver, Canada
The San Jorge family
the current bedroom....I really want to get them some new mattresses and pillows..who's with me?!
the crew in the temporary house this past winter
the women's room
notice the small rooms and old mattress....hopefully we can soon get some new beds donated for their new house
dirty working feet!
Irma giving a shave
Fatu...lovely Fatu. Fatu went blind about 7 years ago from diabetes. He loves to listen to soccer, listen to stories, music and chat with anyone willing to talk to him.
Titana and Julio with Tim and Ben
Irmita checking out Tim's IPod!
Kirin, from Australia, and Tim from New York with the ladies
Kirin helping clip Teresita's nails
from the left: Ben, Stefanie and Tim
The amazing Irma cooking another fabulous meal!
Irma during my goodbye meal! She makes THE BEST empanadas!!! RICO!
Irma's youngest son (left), Juan Cruz, and eldest's son's son!
Irma, myself and the other helpers at my goodbye meal
Irma, her grandson and I before I left for the airport
this man is so sweet...he's not able to talk and is very limited in his movement, but his appreciation beams...he returned from a stay at the hospital not too long before I left
Alejandro hanging out in front of his favorite TV
Tim and Ben with Irma, her grandson, her nephew and Ariel