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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

    Excerpt:

    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

    Excerpt:

    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

    Excerpt:

    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

AARP urges Alabama leaders to release data amid COVID nursing home crisis

(U.S. Army Reserve/Contributed, YHN)

AARP Alabama, on behalf of its 420,000 members and older adults in the state, appreciates the leadership and significant amount of work the state has undertaken to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented public health and economic crisis.

While severe health impacts of COVID-19 can occur across ages, the data has shown that it disproportionally impacts older adults worldwide. Sadly, Alabama is no different. Over 81% of Alabamians who have died from the virus are over 65.

Even more heartbreaking is the effect of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable citizens – those living in long-term care facilities or adult residential care facilities.

Transparency of information on COVID-19 cases is critical to fighting the disease. AARP urges the state to publicly release the names of long-term care facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths among residents and staff on a daily basis on the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) website’s coronavirus dashboard.

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Alabama is one of just 18 states that is refusing to publicly release infection data in real-time. During the current public health crisis, this information is essential to protect residents and for families to make safe and informed choices about where their loved ones will receive care. There are over 22,000 nursing home residents in the state. Alabamians deserve accurate and consistent data.

In addition to providing transparency of facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19, much more is needed to protect residents and staff from this disease and keep families informed and engaged. AARP supports the immediate implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated and actionable plan to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other adult residential care facilities.

The plan should include the following:

  • Universal testing of all residents and staff at Alabama’s nursing homes, regardless of whether or not they are symptomatic. The only way to truly protect the health and safety of residents and staff is for facilities to have ready access to testing.
  • Immediately assess all licensed facilities to evaluate their needs and ability to provide necessary care to residents, ensure adequate staffing, and train staff on testing, infection control procedures and isolation protocols. Consider making use of ‘strike teams’ that include local health workers and National Guard members to carry out this mission, and expand the presence of the Department of Public Health.
  • Require adult residential facilities to offer and facilitate regular virtual visitation between residents and family members in order to combat social isolation that may occur in the absence of in-person visits. Virtual visitation provides family members the ability to communicate by video and audio, which can increase the emotional well-being of the resident and provide comfort to family caregivers that their loved ones are receiving the care that they need.

Long-term care facilities are ground zero in the fight against the coronavirus. Families are looking for swift action to protect the health and safety of their loved ones living in adult residential facilities.

DO YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE LIVING IN AN ALABAMA NURSING HOME? – Tell us what is happening

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

2 weeks ago

AARP urges Alabama leaders to release data amid COVID nursing home crisis

(U.S. Army Reserve/Contributed, YHN)

AARP Alabama, on behalf of its 420,000 members and older adults in the state, appreciates the leadership and significant amount of work the state has undertaken to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented public health and economic crisis.

While severe health impacts of COVID-19 can occur across ages, the data has shown that it disproportionally impacts older adults worldwide. Sadly, Alabama is no different. Over 81% of Alabamians who have died from the virus are over 65.

Even more heartbreaking is the effect of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable citizens – those living in long-term care facilities or adult residential care facilities.

Transparency of information on COVID-19 cases is critical to fighting the disease. AARP urges the state to publicly release the names of long-term care facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths among residents and staff on a daily basis on the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) website’s coronavirus dashboard.

372

Alabama is one of just 18 states that is refusing to publicly release infection data in real-time. During the current public health crisis, this information is essential to protect residents and for families to make safe and informed choices about where their loved ones will receive care. There are over 22,000 nursing home residents in the state. Alabamians deserve accurate and consistent data.

In addition to providing transparency of facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19, much more is needed to protect residents and staff from this disease and keep families informed and engaged. AARP supports the immediate implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated and actionable plan to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other adult residential care facilities.

The plan should include the following:

  • Universal testing of all residents and staff at Alabama’s nursing homes, regardless of whether or not they are symptomatic. The only way to truly protect the health and safety of residents and staff is for facilities to have ready access to testing.
  • Immediately assess all licensed facilities to evaluate their needs and ability to provide necessary care to residents, ensure adequate staffing, and train staff on testing, infection control procedures and isolation protocols. Consider making use of ‘strike teams’ that include local health workers and National Guard members to carry out this mission, and expand the presence of the Department of Public Health.
  • Require adult residential facilities to offer and facilitate regular virtual visitation between residents and family members in order to combat social isolation that may occur in the absence of in-person visits. Virtual visitation provides family members the ability to communicate by video and audio, which can increase the emotional well-being of the resident and provide comfort to family caregivers that their loved ones are receiving the care that they need.

Long-term care facilities are ground zero in the fight against the coronavirus. Families are looking for swift action to protect the health and safety of their loved ones living in adult residential facilities.

DO YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE LIVING IN AN ALABAMA NURSING HOME? – Tell us what is happening

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

3 weeks ago

AARP urges Alabama leaders to release data amid COVID nursing home crisis

(U.S. Army Reserve/Contributed, YHN)

AARP Alabama, on behalf of its 420,000 members and older adults in the state, appreciates the leadership and significant amount of work the state has undertaken to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented public health and economic crisis.

While severe health impacts of COVID-19 can occur across ages, the data has shown that it disproportionally impacts older adults worldwide. Sadly, Alabama is no different. Over 81% of Alabamians who have died from the virus are over 65.

Even more heartbreaking is the effect of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable citizens – those living in long-term care facilities or adult residential care facilities.

Transparency of information on COVID-19 cases is critical to fighting the disease. AARP urges the state to publicly release the names of long-term care facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths among residents and staff on a daily basis on the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) website’s coronavirus dashboard.

372

Alabama is one of just 18 states that is refusing to publicly release infection data in real-time. During the current public health crisis, this information is essential to protect residents and for families to make safe and informed choices about where their loved ones will receive care. There are over 22,000 nursing home residents in the state. Alabamians deserve accurate and consistent data.

In addition to providing transparency of facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19, much more is needed to protect residents and staff from this disease and keep families informed and engaged. AARP supports the immediate implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated and actionable plan to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other adult residential care facilities.

The plan should include the following:

  • Universal testing of all residents and staff at Alabama’s nursing homes, regardless of whether or not they are symptomatic. The only way to truly protect the health and safety of residents and staff is for facilities to have ready access to testing.
  • Immediately assess all licensed facilities to evaluate their needs and ability to provide necessary care to residents, ensure adequate staffing, and train staff on testing, infection control procedures and isolation protocols. Consider making use of ‘strike teams’ that include local health workers and National Guard members to carry out this mission, and expand the presence of the Department of Public Health.
  • Require adult residential facilities to offer and facilitate regular virtual visitation between residents and family members in order to combat social isolation that may occur in the absence of in-person visits. Virtual visitation provides family members the ability to communicate by video and audio, which can increase the emotional well-being of the resident and provide comfort to family caregivers that their loved ones are receiving the care that they need.

Long-term care facilities are ground zero in the fight against the coronavirus. Families are looking for swift action to protect the health and safety of their loved ones living in adult residential facilities.

DO YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE LIVING IN AN ALABAMA NURSING HOME? – Tell us what is happening

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

1 year ago

Alabama voters show bipartisan support for Family Caregivers Act

(AARP/Contributed)

Right now, the Alabama legislature has an opportunity to pass a no-cost, commonsense bill to support our state’s 761,000 caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

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According to a recent survey in Alabama, voters across party lines strongly support (91%) SB376 the Family Caregivers Act.

The Alabama Family Caregivers Act would ensure hospitals identify, notify and provide after-care instructions to family caregivers when their loved ones are in the hospital – prior to discharge.

These caregivers routinely take on tasks that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting — from helping with medication regiments, meals, bathing, transportation, complex medical tasks and more.

Learn more about this bipartisan legislation and the survey here.

1 year ago

Alabama voters show bipartisan support for Family Caregivers Act

(AARP/Contributed)

Right now, the Alabama legislature has an opportunity to pass a no-cost, commonsense bill to support our state’s 761,000 caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

83

According to a recent survey in Alabama, voters across party lines strongly support (91%) SB376 the Family Caregivers Act.

The Alabama Family Caregivers Act would ensure hospitals identify, notify and provide after-care instructions to family caregivers when their loved ones are in the hospital – prior to discharge.

These caregivers routinely take on tasks that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting — from helping with medication regiments, meals, bathing, transportation, complex medical tasks and more.

Learn more about this bipartisan legislation and the survey here.

1 year ago

Alabama voters show bipartisan support for Family Caregivers Act

(AARP/Contributed)

Right now, the Alabama legislature has an opportunity to pass a no-cost, commonsense bill to support our state’s 761,000 caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

83

According to a recent survey in Alabama, voters across party lines strongly support (91%) SB376 the Family Caregivers Act.

The Alabama Family Caregivers Act would ensure hospitals identify, notify and provide after-care instructions to family caregivers when their loved ones are in the hospital – prior to discharge.

These caregivers routinely take on tasks that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting — from helping with medication regiments, meals, bathing, transportation, complex medical tasks and more.

Learn more about this bipartisan legislation and the survey here.

1 year ago

Alabama voters show bipartisan support for Family Caregivers Act

(AARP/Contributed)

Right now, the Alabama legislature has an opportunity to pass a no-cost, commonsense bill to support our state’s 761,000 caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

83

According to a recent survey in Alabama, voters across party lines strongly support (91%) SB376 the Family Caregivers Act.

The Alabama Family Caregivers Act would ensure hospitals identify, notify and provide after-care instructions to family caregivers when their loved ones are in the hospital – prior to discharge.

These caregivers routinely take on tasks that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting — from helping with medication regiments, meals, bathing, transportation, complex medical tasks and more.

Learn more about this bipartisan legislation and the survey here.

1 year ago

Alabama voters show bipartisan support for Family Caregivers Act

(AARP/Contributed)

Right now, the Alabama legislature has an opportunity to pass a no-cost, commonsense bill to support our state’s 761,000 caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

83

According to a recent survey in Alabama, voters across party lines strongly support (91%) SB376 the Family Caregivers Act.

The Alabama Family Caregivers Act would ensure hospitals identify, notify and provide after-care instructions to family caregivers when their loved ones are in the hospital – prior to discharge.

These caregivers routinely take on tasks that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting — from helping with medication regiments, meals, bathing, transportation, complex medical tasks and more.

Learn more about this bipartisan legislation and the survey here.