Ramblings of a Rambler – July 2023

By Bill Watson, Publisher
Prime Time News ~

Hi Prime Timers! Summer is here! Seems like it snuck in between the rain storms. We sure did get a lot of rain. My grass loves it, I believe I’ve cut more grass already than I’ve shoveled snow this year. Thankfully we don’t live in one of the states that are experiencing a “heat bubble”. I really don’t think I could handle living with a heat index over 120 degrees. Man, that’s hot and dangerous! I recall my first time in Las Vegas which was work-related and golfed 18 holes in 115-degree heat. We started out as a foursome but ended with two – I was one of the two. What was I thinking?? All my energy and strength felt depleted and it took what little I had remaining to get in a taxi and back to my hotel. Never again!!

Bill Watson

Bill Watson

Congratulations to the Denver Nuggets! NBA Champions!! The team was a lot of fun to watch. Now that the weather is heating up, we’ll take advantage of the train and a few Rockies games.

Speaking of the train, RTD is offering free fares for the months of July and August. The program is called “Free Fares for Better Air”. All bus and train rides are free. It’s a great time to take advantage of the opportunity to save gas and the air we breathe. It’s a win-win.

We wish everyone a Happy Independence Day and thank and salute the brave heroes who fought for our freedom. May we never forget!

A big THANK YOU and much appreciation to our advertisers, contributors, readers and distributors for all your support! We couldn’t do it without you!


  1. Melanie Stafford

    Dear Prime Time News,

    I am the program coordinator at the Paul Freeman Financial Security Program, housed in the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at the University of Denver. Our team is currently conducting research to assess physical, financial, and emotional stress of caregivers of older adults with dementia and how using SilverBills, a service that helps caregivers handle bill paying, affects mental health and well-being.

    This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We are reaching out to you to ask if you have interest in helping to recruit participants. We have funding available to support your organization with a small fee for each participant you are able to recruit.

    Who is eligible to participate?
    Participants must meet these criteria:
    (1) age 18 years or older
    (2) Provide care for a someone age 50+ with dementia
    (3) currently living in the U.S.
    (4) can read/speak English

    Details of the study:
    As part of the study, participants will enroll in SilverBills bill management service, free of charge, for one year. Once enrolled, participants will take a 5-10 minute self-administered online questionnaire.
    • Each participant will receive an Amazon gift card of $100 for completing the first questionnaire.
    • In addition, we will pay $100 to your organization for your recruitment support for each participant who mentions they heard about the program from you.

    After six months, participants will take a second 5-10 minute self-administered online questionnaire.
    • Each participant will receive an Amazon gift card of $100 for completing the second questionnaire.

    We very much appreciate your consideration in helping us with this project. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please feel free to contact us anytime at jodi.catlow@du.edu, Program Director of the Paul Freeman Financial Security Program, pilar.engle@du.edu, postdoc with the PFFSP, or melanie.stafford@du.edu. You can read more about the study here. We would also be happy to meet with you in person or via Zoom to answer any questions you might have about this collaboration.

    We look forward to hearing from you,

    Melanie Stafford
    Program Coordinator, MSW Graduate Student Intern
    Paul Freeman Financial Security Program
    2155 E. Wesley Avenue, Denver, CO 80208 | Ph: 303-871-6203

    In the spirit of healing, I acknowledge and honor the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the original people of the land upon which University of Denver stands. Whose land are you on?

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