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Considering medical marijuana? For yourself or someone you know? This resident’s experience may help
STARRY PURPLE ASTERS attract monarch butterflies in autumn.
By Irene Borgogno
I qualify for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania because I have Parkinson’s disease, which is on the official list of qualifying conditions. I hoped that marijuana would reduce or eliminate my trembling. The registration process was easy. The state has provided complete information and easy-to-follow instructions at the medical marijuana website, and my primary care provider had taken the training required to become an approved practitioner. I obtained my ID card without any problem. Visiting a dispensary was easy also. Two dispensaries opened within a few miles of where I live. My first observation at the dispensary was the concern with security. Two security personnel were present at all times. The door from outside into the reception area was locked. The door between the reception area and the sales area was locked also. Each customer was admitted separately. In the reception area, my credentials were checked. (If anyone had accompanied me, that person’s ID also would have been checked.) A qualified medical individual was available to answer questions and provide guidance. For me, this individual was a pharmacist. After discussing my medical condition and determining what I hoped to accomplish with the marijuana, the pharmacist recommended that among the available options, I choose a tincture, which is an extract in a very light oil. It is administered by placing the tincture under the tongue and allowing it to be absorbed directly through the tissue. She recommended a dose, but not a regimen; the regimen I had to discover through use. I believe that marijuana is helping me. My current dose level does not stop my trembling, but the severity of the movement has been lessened. An unpleasant
Photo by Lynn Ayres, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
anticipatory sensation that I feel in the rest of my body, that it is about to start trembling, has disappeared. Most remarkable, however, has been the improvement in my sleep pattern. I usually get eight hours
Children’s Song The goldenrod has lighted Its candles bright and clear, And starry purple asters Are shining far and near. The clouds are drifting feathers. The smoke is lightly curled. White frost is on the pumpkin. It’s autumn in the world.
sleep at night, but before marijuana it was distributed in stretches of about an hour each. Since starting marijuana, the stretches are close to three hours in length and much more restful. QUALIFYING CONDITIONS: as of this writing, these conditions included a terminal illness or cancer, including remission therapy; HIV/AIDS; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Parkinson’s disease; multiple sclerosis; epilepsy; inflammatory bowel disease; neuropathies; Huntington’s disease; Crohn’s disease; post-traumatic stress disorder; intractable seizures; glaucoma; autism; sickle cell anemia; damage to the nervous tissue of the CNS (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity and other associated neuropathies; severe, chronic, or intractable pain; dyskinetic and spastic movement disorder; or addiction substitute MEDICAL MARIJUANA continued on page 7
New club, open to all, welcomes controversy
“We welcome everyone interested in thoughtful reading and discussion,” says Jack Collett, who helps lead the group. Although the first three articles discussed came from The New Yorker magazine, the fourth came from The Atlantic. Beaumont’s own Tony Campolo, a noted evangelical pastor, provided the group with information about the Evangelical movement at the July meeting. The Atlantic cover for April 2018 was headlined “How Evangelicals Lost Their Way.” Caitlin Gardner, Resident Services Director, provides copies of articles to those interested. Meetings are held in the Bistro and are open to all residents. Says Jack Collett’s co-leader Ginny Rivers, “Controversy is no barrier—but courtesy toward other points of view is essential.” The Article Club was suggested to the Resident Activities Committee by Mary Schnabel, whose son Paul says two friends started the “first ever” Article Club last year in Burlington, Vermont, where they live.
By Virginia Rivers
Just as a book club brings together readers who want to discuss a book they’ve read, so the Article Club fills the purpose for people who’ve read a particular article in a magazine. When one of us asked if the article she was going to suggest might be too long and detailed for the group, she was told, “That hasn’t stopped us before!” The four articles discussed so far could be no one’s idea of short and simple. First was “The Strange and Twisted Life of ‘Frankenstein’” in April; then came “A Saudi Prince’s Quest to Remake the Middle East” in May, followed by “How American Racism Influenced Hitler” in June and “The Last Temptation” in July and August. This new group, for anyone interested in discussing the chosen subject, has regularly drawn some dozen-plus residents—despite its weekend time slot every third Saturday at 11 a.m.
In Memoriam Ellen Goldstine September 3, 2018
WOODLAND WEDDING: On June 30, residents Evelyn Rosen and Gerry Isom exchanged vows at the Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel in Rockport, Maine. The nondenominational outdoor chapel and formal garden, overlooking Penobscot Bay, created an idyllic setting. Dr. Rosen took her husband’s name and is now Dr. Isom.
Dana Williams September 30, 2018
Members of the Beaumont Community extend deepest sympathy to their families and friends.
With apologies to Beaumont driver Jack Cooper and his grandson Cooper Jay (not Jay Cooper) Skolnick, whose name we inadvertently reversed in the summer Beaumont News, here is the item again as it should have appeared. PRACTICING FOR THE REAL THING, Beaumont driver Jack Cooper’s grandson Cooper Jay Skolnick, 5, displays potential pitching form during a tee-ball meet. The entry-level sport for 4-to-6-yearolds, introducing them to grown-up baseball or softball, is called tee-ball because batters hit off a batting tee at home plate. “There are no winners or losers,” Jack said. “It’s fun just to watch them. If someone hits the ball they all follow and all pile on it!” Cooper plays short left field with the Pirates in Virginia Beach. Photo by the future pitcher’s father, David Skolnick
Photo by Judy Kaye BEAUMONT NEWS The Beaumont News is published by the residents and staff of the Beaumont Retirement Community, 601 N. Ithan Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 Executive Editor Mary Graff Managing Editor Lynn Ayres Deputy Executive Editor and Production Manager John Hall Graphic Designer TJ Walsh Photo Editor Louise Hughes Contributing Editor Linda Madara Quality Control Jennifer Frankel Index Manager Nancy Harris Consulting Assistant Editors Mary Schnabel, Jean Homeier, Peggy Wolcott, Sis Ziesing, Wistie Miller and Irene Borgogno
How a bird-walk tour with no birds turned into Beaumont’s own community bird watch
“Send Ann your bird stories.” And they did, with wonderful photographs as well. The responses came from all over. Ann dutifully forwarded each one, adding new names to her group mailing. The number of contributors conversing back and forth grew and
By Linda Madara
It started with a conversation between Ann Reed and Jane Ruffin. Knowing Jane’s love of birds through the remarkable photographs she has taken, Ann approached Jane about possibly having bird-walks throughout the campus. Photo by Page Gowen Ever willing to undertake a bird excursion, Jane FINCHES’ FEEDING FRENZY: Nyjer (thistle) seed is a favorite food of agreed. As it can be embarrassing not to know where goldfinches and their kin. Page Gowen’s the feathered ones are residing when one is a bird tour 3-tube finch feeder provides seating guide, Jane arose especially early for two dozen birds. Flashes of bright yellow zoomed around the Greenhouse one morning, donned her favorite Courtyard all summer, entertaining watching clothes, grabbed binocudiners in the Grill Room Porch. lars and headed for the door. keeps growing. All over the campus she Photographs arrived, from ventured. The birds must have Sally Randolph’s robin’s nest under known she was coming. They disher porch, taken with iPhone when appeared. How sad, Jane thought. Mother Robin had left to find The following two mornings Jane dinner, to the Cooper’s hawk (tail repeated her solitary march. feathers rounded, as opposed to the Again, no birds. sharp-shinned hawk with its tail More than a bit feathers square), to the catbird frustrated, Jane phoned Ann to transporting a caterpillar back to tell her she was sorry, but dragging Photo by Jane Ruffin the nest. people out to look at empty CATBIRD heads home with dinner. One learned about cardinals and the difference shrubs and trees was not going to between downy and hairy woodpeckers; we know now sit well with them. The adventure was aborted for the that we do have red-winged blackbirds and endless goldtime being. finches here (Page Gowen photographed 17-plus on her Little diverts Ann Reed when she has a good condominium finch feeder in March), Jane Ruffin idenplan, however. Social media to the rescue! tified the call of a wood peewee (believe it or not there Ann decided to start an email conversation is such a bird!) near the compost heap, and the tweets go group for those interested in sharing the activities and on and on. antics of our feathered friends. So, she emailed people Possibly the most rewarding result of these wonwho had been on the bird-watching list to see if they derful conversations is that “villa people” and folks lookliked the idea. ing out the windows of their apartments have become “Be careful what you wish for….” Her seed of new friends. Welcome to Community Bird Watching! an idea quickly began to sprout. The word got out: FORT Y YEARS OF TALKING ABOUT ZOO ANIMALS: At the Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Zoo Docent Council, Beaumont residents Peggy Wolcott (left) and Nelly Lincoln were recognized for 40 years of volunteer service. In addition to half a lifetime of interpreting the zoo’s mission to the public, they each served as president of the council, Peggy in 1982-84 and Nelly in 1984-86. The Philadelphia Zoo Docent Council is one of the oldest and largest docent organizations in the Philadelphia area. Since 1972, docents have engaged the public on topics including animal behavior, health and wellness. Their primary role has been to give guided tours and talks on conservation, adaptation, endangered species, habitats, horticulture, art (such as the elephant behind them) and architecture at America’s First Zoo.
Text by Sally Randolph; photo by Lynn Ayres
Annual award ceremony honors hard-working Beaumont scholars By Mary Wells, Human Resources Director
The journey begins with taking that first step. For many of our employees, the financial and time commitment of further education seems incredibly daunting. That first step of registering for college may seem unrealistic. In 1991, Beaumont residents recognized that their employees often work two jobs to attend college. They responded by creating the Beaumont Employee Scholarship program. For me, the highlight of summer is the scholarship awards ceremony in August. This year, 16 recipients shared over $23,000 total in scholarship money. Staff members begin the process in June by applying for the scholarship and soliciting letters of recommendation from a resident and their supervisor. Crystal Jones, C.N.A., one of 16 BES 2018 recipients, asked Mrs. Eta Glassman to write her letter. Crystal said that Mrs. Glassman is “always so supportive” of her career: “I think she is surprised that I can manage working full time, being a single parent as well as attending college,” Crystal said, laughing. She added, “It isn’t easy, but working at Beaumont makes it easier.” The other recipients vary in their career paths and their positions along them. Elsie Asare, Wellness RN, is finishing the Nurse Practitioner program. She credits her family as inspiration and her supervisor, Miriam Quinn, with supporting her by accommodating a changing work
SCHOLARS continued on page 5 1: Elsie Asare, RN, Wellness Center 2: Shania Blount, Dining Services 3: Rylee Curry, Dining Services 4: Jazmine Davis, Dining Services 5: China Fletcher, Dining Services 6: Crystal Jones, Health Services 7: Bryant McCray, Food Services 8: Marlenika Mitchell, Dining Services 9: Elizabeth Nesmith, Dining Services 10: Kayla Roze, Dining Services 11: Alexis Singleton, Dining Services 12: Phylicia Walton, Dining Services 13: Miao Wu, Dining Services 14: Althea Johnson, Personal Care, and her daughter Skylar are flanked by presenters James Zug, Beaumont Fund Advisory Board Chair, and Joseph Peduzzi, Beaumont President and CEO. Not shown: Tamila Dixon, Health Services; Lynette Hudson, Personal Care
All photos by Paige Welby
From Nigeria, with love: a Wellness nurse’s story By Rena Burstein Having encountered Elsie Asare several times when she was on duty as a nurse in our Wellness Center, and each time having found it a warmly positive and reassuring experience, I was pleased when I was asked to interview her as one of Beaumont’s Scholarship awardees. It was an opportunity to get to know her better. Elsie’s interest in health care began in her pre-teen years. She studied psychology in Nigeria, where she was born, before coming to the United States with her family at age 19. She came to Beaumont in October 2014, after having received her RN degree from lmmaculata University in July of that year. Previously, after receiving an LPN diploma from Delaware County Technical Schools in Folcroft, she had worked with intellectually disabled adult women for several years at Divine Providence Village in Springfield. She now lives in Upper Darby with her mother and brother and attends Villanova University, working toward an MSN degree to become an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, which she hopes to achieve in
Photo by Paige Welby
WELLNESS CENTER nurse Elsie Asare presents her speech to family, friends, residents and fellow award recipients.
2020. She says Beaumont’s Scholarship award goes a long way to offset some of her educational costs, and her time in Wellness has given her a welcome opportunity to fall in love, she says, with the population here, while listening to and learning from our stories. Elsie says that her spiritual life informs the care she provides as a nurse. It certainly touches everyone with whom she comes in contact.
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thanks to generous contributions from Beaumont residents, family members and friends. This is one of the things that make Beaumont unique. This special bond between residents and staff ranks high among the factors that attract talent to work at Beaumont.
schedule. Another employee, Tamila Dixon, C.N.A, just started her college career in January. As you would expect, several of our part-time Dining employees went off to college for the first time, which is very exciting. Rylee Curry’s parents and siblings were in the audience to support the recent high school graduate. Rylee will be leaving home for the first time and will be living at Penn State. In the audience was Skylar Johnson. Skylar is not quite 2 years old. She is the daughter of Althea Johnson, Personal Care LPN. A fun fact is that Althea is the daughter of Beaumont employees Dolores and Barry Hill. The audience was tickled to hear Skylar calling out to her mom as she was giving her touching speech. Althea was tearful when she expressed her joy over the fact that her award was given in memory of the late Mrs. Louise Averill, one of her favorite residents. The Beaumont Scholarship Fund has provided over 500 employee scholarships since its inception,
LAKE LISETER: Several torrential rainstorms with flash flooding tracked through the area in July, and this one covered Liseter Garden with several inches of water. Groundkeepers Jake Bean (left) and Denis Reichwein worked to clear storm drains. Photo by Louise Hughes
Boards and Committees: The Go-to List for 2018-2019 RESIDENT SERVICES COMMITTEE: Debora Zug, Chair; Barbara Benson, Deborah Bishop, John Collett, Norma Fabian, Helen Gannon, Eta Glassman, Nina Morgenstern, Sally Morris, Linda Parrotto, Bette Peterson, Barbara Pottish, Virginia Rivers, Bobbi Rosen, Rod Ross, Mary Schnabel, Susan Woolford and Sylvia Yedinsky.
By Jennifer Frankel, Administrative Assistant The Beaumont Retirement Community Inc. (policy) board (BRCI): Birchard Clothier, Chair; Ted Robb, Vice-Chair; Michael Churchman, Jean Homeier, Bette Peterson, Rod Ross and Suzanne Steigerwalt.
SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE: Sally Morris, Chair; Jean Churchman, Peter Godfrey, Nell Mecray, Carol Ryan, Dede Shafer and Charles Wood.
The Beaumont Retirement Services Inc. (operations) board (BRSI): Susan Ravenscroft, Chair; Vernon Stanton, Vice-Chair; Joseph Peduzzi, Beaumont president; Roland Morris, Tony Parrotto and Bertram Wolfson. (At-Large member vacancy)
ACTIVITY COMMITTEES ART SHOW: Rosalinda Madara, Chair
FINANCE COMMITTEE: James Bromley, Chair; Birchard Clothier, Gay Gervin, Gerald Isom, Dick Peterson, Susan Ravenscroft and James Zug.
BRIDGE COMMITTEE: Marian Lockett-Egan, Chair LIBRARY COMMITTEE: Carole Morgan, Chair; Jean Churchman, Jane Garrison, Joan Greene, Dede Shafer, Tuppie Solmssen, Joan Thayer and Peggy Wolcott.
SUPPORT COMMITTEES DINING COMMITTEE: Dr. Evelyn Isom, Chair; Jean Homeier, BRCI board; George Hollingshead, Carole Morgan, Nina Morgenstern, David Randolph, Minney Robb and Bobbi Rosen.
MUSIC COMMITTEE: Dr. Carlos Gonzalez, Chair; Jean Churchman, Katherine Hutchinson, Sally Miller, Dr. Robert Morgan and Dr. Sylvia Yedinsky. WINE COMMITTEE: Bertram Wolfson, Chair; James Bromley, McBee Butcher, Birchard Clothier, Joel Jensen, Marian Lockett-Egan, Alan Tripp and Susan Woolford.
GREEN COMMITTEE: Dr. Richard Stephens, Chair; Ted Robb, BRCI board; Irene Borgogno, Dr. Frank Kampas, Alida Lovell, Roland Morris, Ann Reed and Vernon Stanton.
GROUNDS COMMITTEE: Sally Randolph, Chair; Suzanne Steigerwalt, BRCI board; Helen Ballard, Louise Carter, Susan Denious, Mary Graham, Jacqueline Mykytiuk and Ted Robb.
BEAUMONT FUND ADVISORY BOARD: James Zug, Chair; Helen Ballard, Joan Bromley, Marian Lockett-Egan, Dick Peterson, Paula Spiegel, Joan Thayer and Bertram Wolfson.
HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE: Caroline Kemmerer, Chair; Michael Churchman, BRCI board; Margaret Balamuth, Minney Robb, Dr. Marvin Steinberg and Marvin Weisbord. HOUSE COMMITTEE: Julie Williams, Chair; Birchard Clothier, BRCI board; Louise Carter, Jean Churchman, Grace Madeira, Pam McMullin, Dorothy Weisbord and Leslie Wheeler. MARKETING COMMITTEE: Eta Glassman, Chair; Ted Robb, BRCI board; Mary Graff, Beaumont News; Joan Bromley, McBee Butcher, Marlynne Clothier, Roland Morris, Joyce Randolph, Paula Spiegel and Marvin Weisbord.
MEMBERSHIP AND RESIDENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: Joseph Peduzzi, Chair; Ann Thomas, Social Services; Sade Thompson, Resident Care Coordinator; Cathy Leahy, Marketing; Ryan Sholinsky, Nurse Practitioner; Dr. Charles Breish, Medical Director; Lynn Plasha, VP Health Services; Miriam Quinn, Director of Wellness and Audrey Walsh, Director of Marketing. (There are no residents on this committee.) NOMINATION COMMITTEE: Maryann Collett, Sally Miller, Joyce Randolph, Tuppie Solmssen, Susan Woolford. (Chair to be elected at the committeeâ€™s first meeting next year.)
ticeable psychoactive effects, but it appears to enhance the medical therapeutic effects of THC. The marijuana present in the product may be THC by itself or a combination of THC and CBD. The information needed to measure for dosing are the ratio to each other of the component THC and CBD; the total amount of THC and CBD present; and the total volume of product. Medical marijuana may be purchased as capsules, liquid, tincture, ointment and aerosol. It is not available in a ready-to-eat form (like brownies), or in a smokable form. HISTORY: Medicinal use of cannabis sativa first appeared in the U.S. in the 1850s. Regulation began soon after. Outright prohibition of cannabis began in the 1920s. Regulations were on a state-by-state basis. The first federal legislation was the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The federal government could not make marijuana illegal. The tenth amendment to the Constitution states that the federal government possesses only those powers delegated to it by the United States Constitution. All remaining powers, including regulation of medications, are reserved for the states or the people. The federal government uses other sources of authority apportioned to it by the Constitution, such as taxation and interstate commerce, to exercise control over marijuana. The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was designed to make legal possession of marijuana almost impossible. Three decades later, cannabis was officially outlawed, at the national level, for any use, including medical, by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. In the 1990s, states began enacting laws that allow use of marijuana, particularly medical use, in direct opposition to federal law. There is ongoing contention between state governments and the federal government regarding the legality and use of marijuana. In 2016, Pennsylvania enacted legislation allowing use of marijuana by patients suffering one of 17 specific medical conditions. Marijuana became available for [legal-under-statelaw] purchase in Pennsylvania in 2018. PROBLEMS: There are many issues. Topping the list: 1. Using medical marijuana is legal according to Pennsylvania, but illegal according to the federal government. This is an unstable situation. The patients who use medical marijuana are looking for relief, primarily from
MEDICAL MARIJUANA continued from page 1 therapy (opioid) reduction. PROCESS: In Pennsylvania, to purchase marijuana at a state-authorized dispensary, the patient must have a registration card. Registration is done on-line, at medicalmarijuana.pa.gov. A patient can register him/ herself or a caregiver can register the patient. (The patient must have his/her own email address; only one registration number will be sent to any email address.) The patient takes the registration number to an approved practitioner, who certifies at the on-line registration site that the patient suffers from one of the qualifying medical conditions. The patient again logs onto the registration site to complete the registration and to send in the registration fee. (Currently, this is $50/year.) A medical marijuana ID card will then be mailed to the patient. Once the card is received, the patient goes to a local dispensary. The patient will need the medical marijuana card, a Pennsylvania-issued ID card, and cash or debit card. There will not be a written prescription. At the dispensary, a pharmacist or other medical professional will discuss product options, make a dosing recommendation and answer questions. The patient makes the decision regarding products, dose and regimen. There is a limit to the total amount of marijuana that can be purchased each month. The total allowed amount does not have to be purchased all at one time. PRODUCT: The active components in medical marijuana are cannabinoids. The most common cannabinoid is also the major psychoactive ingredient: delta-g-tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the next most common cannabinoid. CBD and THC are both believed to have medical therapeutic effects. THC has psychoactive effects. CBD lacks any no-
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In a word — BINGO!
Then we start the next game. We are a competitive group. We are not delighted to see someone else win. Of course, we all act like we are, but forget it—it’s an act. I have never won. I was given Photo by Lynn Ayres a bottle of wine. I THE PLAYERS: Serious expressions indicate haven’t any idea why. concentration and determination to win. I don’t drink. I have learned that the other end of the table always wins. Wherever I sit, it’s never the other end. Stop the presses! The day that I handed in this article I won everything, walked away with $70.00. Go figure. P.S., I am hooked on Bingo. The group has grown. I think that is because there is now free wine and cheese.
By Deborah Bishop
Let me state at the beginning of this, I do not approve of gambling. I had a wonderful time in Las Vegas, never gambled; looked for ladies of the night, never saw one. My son tells me that there are plenty of them. I have a good friend at Beaumont who loves to play Bingo. She said that Bingo was drying up— something had to be done, and I was it. Off I went to Bingo. It’s held in the Music Room. There is a Photo by Lynn Ayres rectangular table at THE SPIN: Moderator Paige Welby which the players sit, spins the “gizmo” to determine the next number. and off to the side sits Paige Welby at a small table with some gizmo that spits out numbers and letters. There are small cards on the players’ table with numbers and letters and little pink plastic discs that are hard to pick up and often blow away. Bingo is boring until the end. There we wait for the winning number and letter to be called by Paige. I got very excited and began to think that I would win. I didn’t. This annoyed me. I started on the next game determined to win. None of us hears or sees too well, so things do get confused. Then someone declares Bingo. Everyone is silent. The card is carefully checked.
THE WINNER: A wave and a smile announce this game’s winner, Nina Morgenstern.
Photo by Paige Welby
MEDICAL MARIJUANA continued from page 7 pain, but availability may change at any time. 2. Many claims are made regarding the usefulness of marijuana in medical treatment. Any evidence for these claims is anecdotal. No claim is supported Photo from Shutterstock.com by double-blind, controlled clinical trials, the gold standard in pharmaceutical research. Given the anomalous legal situation, initiation of clinical trials is unlikely. 3. Without clinical testing, optimal dosing cannot be known. 4. Labeling is not standardized. Neither are products. Shifting from one producer’s product to another
producer may complicate dosing, since the products may be different. (In addition, there are many different varieties of marijuana. The comparative benefits of the different varieties are unknown.) NOTE: The federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule One drug (that is, a drug with high abuse potential, no medical value and severe safety concerns). A doctor cannot legally write a prescription for marijuana. However, U.S. courts have ruled that doctors cannot be punished solely for recommending medical marijuana, because this is protected free speech. (The Supreme Court allowed this decision to stand.) Pennsylvania law explicitly protects doctors from punishment for their role in certifying the qualifying medical status of the patient. This protection is obtained by specifically preventing the physician from helping a patient to obtain marijuana or offering advice on its use.