Apothecary Senior Citizens Project

By Kandice Hawes |  OC NORML Chapter President

With nearly 10,000 people each day becoming senior citizens, health care delivery models are beginning to include less opiate-based medicines and are inviting lectures into senior communities to learn the benefits of cannabinoid therapeutics.

Roughly ten thousand people are becoming Senior Citizens everyday for the next 19 years, according to USA Today magazine.

In response to this growing population and the need for education about alternative medical solutions, the Apothecary Senior Citizens Project was started.

The purpose of the project was to educate seniors, their caregivers and loved ones about the science behind cannabis, its use with different aliments and application methods.  The Apothecary Senior Citizens Project brings seminars and education to conveient locations for seniors and incorporates people of their own age group in the learning process.

Many times a Senior citizen would rather listen to the advice of someone their own age dealing with similar health concerns or from respected medical professionals. There have been several events held since the inception.

The first event held was The Medical Cannabis Conference sponsored by Apothecary Genetics, GGECO University, and Orange County NORML, a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The Conference was held in the gated senior community of Laguna Woods, at the city auditorium in Orange County on Saturday, January 22, 2011.  Several hundred people attended the Conference, which featured spectacular panels and speakers from prestigious hospitals and research groups from around the country.

The two featured speakers at the conference were Dr. Donald Abrams from University of California San Francisco Medical School and San Francisco General Hospital Oncology Director, and Dr. William Courtney from Mendocino, CA.  Seniors learned about the background of Medicinal Cannabis, current research, and alternative methods of delivery that may be beneficial to their quality of health.

Following the Medical Cannabis Conference, several small retirement and religious senior groups have inquired about follow up seminars.

One seminar was recently held at the Jewish Temple Beth Ezmet in Anaheim.  The seniors seemed very interested in the new knowledge they acquired and had many good follow up questions to ask.

The Apothecary Senior Citizens Project has been invited to present another conference in June to provide more education and help seniors to make informed health decisions about their own body.

Additional seminars at other retirement communities are planned.

The Medical Cannabis Conference video with presentations of all speakers and panels will be available soon at www.ApothecaryGenetics.com for $10.

For more information about senior seminars please contact Kandice Hawes at Apothecary Public Relations Kandice@ApothecaryGenetics.com or call 714-928-9129.




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