Author Archive for David Whitsel

CU’s first Black nurse defied racism, withstood disease and made history serving others

With no role model, “Zippy” Parks Hammond fearlessly blazed new trails for minorities then and today ~ Seventeen years before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired masses in Washington with his speech, “I Have a Dream,” a young Black woman nicknamed Zippy in Denver was already living her dream. In 1946, ‘Zippy’ Zipporah Parks Hammond […]

Registered VIA riders can now book a trip to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Because this is a two-dose vaccine, Via Mobility Services will work with riders to schedule their second trip as soon as the rider knows the date of the second appointment. Registered riders can schedule a trip by calling 303-447-9636. If you are not a registered rider, call Via’s Mobility Specialists at 303-444-3043 to get signed […]

Ramblings of a Rambler – Feb. 2021

By Bill Watson, Publisher Prime Time News ~ Hi Prime Timers! As I write this column I’m a bundle of nerves. Many moons ago I started losing the battle with dental hygiene. I quit smoking a decade ago. I didn’t like chewing gum so I used Jolly Ranchers to pass the cravings. Needless to say, […]

Vitalant and Colorado State Patrol Team Up for Virtual Blood Drive

(COLO) – Donations of blood often see a sharp decline in the winter months and the COVID-19 epidemic has complicated things further, canceling many blood donation events across our state. But the need for donations is still there.  That is why the Colorado State Patrol is teaming up with Vitalant to hold a virtual blood drive throughout February.  But: […]

Colorado’s Citizen Legislature – Feb. 2021

By Doris Beaver ~ Colorado’s First Regular Session of the 73rd General Assembly began on January 13, 2021, with a new Speaker in charge in the House, Representative Alec Garnett, who represents Denver’s District 2.  President Leroy M. Garcia is serving his second term in the Senate and resides in Pueblo’s District 3.

Long Term Care and Home and Community Based Services Medicaid

Are you disabled? Is your monthly income below $2300? Do you or a loved one need nursing home level care? If so, you may want to think about Medicaid. That’s right. Medicaid. Through the Long-Term Care (LTC) and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Program, Medicaid provides certain eligible individuals with the assistance needed to […]

Medicare Supplement Special Enrollment Period

Changing Your Medicare Supplement To A Place D, G Or G+ ~ By Eileen Doherty, MS ~ Denver, Colo. – Colorado Medicare beneficiaries who have a Medicare Supplement Plan C, F, or F+ should consider changing to a Plan D, G, or G+ between now and June 30, 2021 during a special enrollment period approved […]

New App Available for Transportation Help

By Karin Stewart ~ The Denver Regional Mobility & Access Council has created a mobile app designed to assist older adults with finding transportation that fits their needs in the Denver Metro area. The mobile app is called Getting There and is available for iPhones/iPads and Androids. The app is free to download and use […]

The Mindful Path – The Second Arrow

By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.  -Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983, writer and activist) Everyone experiences setbacks, disappointments, and struggles.  Collectively, we know this is part of the human condition, and some Buddhists refer to this as the “first arrow.” In this […]

Deeds And Probate Avoidance

I have had many clients ask me if they should put their children on the deed to their home.  This is not a good idea.  You must understand that if you sign a Quitclaim Deed, and you record that deed or deliver it to the grantee on the deed, you are giving away an interest […]

TACT and Easterseals Colorado Join Forces to Address Autism Unemployment Crisis

At 90 percent, the autism community has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Two leading Colorado nonprofits are working to change that—together ~ DENVER, January 21, 2021—Easterseals Colorado and TACT (Teaching the Autism Community Trades), today announced that TACT has become an official member of the Easterseals Colorado Affiliate Network (ESCAN). ESCAN is an […]

‘Aging well’ greatly affected by hopes and fears for later life, OSU study finds

By Molly Rosbach ~ CORVALLIS, Ore. — If you believe you are capable of becoming the healthy, engaged person you want to be in old age, you are much more likely to experience that outcome, a recent Oregon State University study shows.

Mental Health Colorado support for decriminalizing mental health within the clinical setting of the state mental hospital

Casting police and sheriffs in the lead role for responding to the mental health needs of the population is neither appropriate, nor healthy, nor sound fiscal policy. The legacy of our society’s systematic discrimination against people with mental health needs—defaulting to law enforcement and the justice system to respond to health crises—is a wasteful misapplication of resources and yields poor health and safety outcomes at tremendous cost […]

Colorado Artists Create Age-Positive Birthday Cards as Part of Changing the Narrative’s Anti-Ageism Campaign

DENVER – Frustrated by the racks of birthday card options that mock older adults, the anti-ageism group Changing the Narrative is making birthday card shopping fun again, producing ”age-positive” cards—designed by Colorado artists—that reflect the true joys of growing older.

Community Pay it Forward Fundraising

When I was run off the road and suffered multiple head, facial, and neck fractures, I was lucky. I  had so many people who were there in the beginning to help my family and myself get through the first  couple of weeks. As time went on, and insurance took its time to start working, I […]

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