24 Sep
2020

Registration open for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’events

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — Registration is now open for the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide including 12 locations in Indiana, calling on more than 500,000 annual participants of all ages and abilities to help reclaim the future for millions.More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 16 million friends and family members provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Indiana alone, there are more than 110,000 people living with the disease and 338,000 caregivers.“Because of support from individuals and communities for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the Greater Indiana Chapter was able to provide more than 13,000 care and support services last year for Hoosiers living with the disease and their caregivers,” said Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter Executive Natalie Sutton. “In addition, we are working toward advancing public policy and Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Thanks to generous supporters at the 12 Indiana walks, we are able to further the Association’s mission.”Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete a walk (lengths vary based on event location) and learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony.Event Dates and LocationsSaturday, August 25: Liberty Park – Batesville, IndianaSunday, September 9: Central Park – Mishawaka, Ind.Sunday, September 16: City Hall Plaza – Bloomington, Ind.Sunday, September 16: Fairbanks Park Amphitheater – Terre Haute, Ind.Saturday, September 22: Jackson Morrow Park – Kokomo, Ind.Sunday, September 23: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino – Anderson, Ind.Sunday, September 23: Lake County Fairgrounds – Crown Point, Ind.Saturday, September 29: Subaru of Indiana Automotive – Lafayette, Ind.Saturday, September 29: Earlham College – Richmond, Ind.Sunday, September 30: Mill Race Center – Columbus, Ind.Saturday, October 6: Parkview Field – Fort Wayne, Ind.Saturday, October 6: Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Ind.Saturday, October 6: Washington Park – Michigan City, Ind.last_img read more

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13 Aug
2020

Governor says keeping Iowa packing plants running ‘essential’

first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds says the state’s meat packing plants are complying with the latest safety recommendations and she has no plans to intervene with an executive order that would temporarily close of them.“This isn’t like a regular facility where you shut it down for two weeks,” Reynolds said during her daily news conference. “…We have farmers that are raising hogs…If we aren’t able to move them through the process, at some point we’re going to have to be talking about euthanizing hogs and we’re not far from it and it would be devastating.”The governor said consumers would see pork prices rise, since Iowa produces a third of the nation’s pork supply. The Webster County Board of Supervisors announced this morning 16 employees at Prestage Foods, the pork plant in Eagle Grove, have tested positive for COVID-19 and the state has sent 950 test kits to the plant. The governor announced all the employees of pork plant in Columbus Junction and at the beef plant in Tama have been tested for COVID-19.“We’re going to continue to work with the plants and be proactive,” Reynolds said. “I was on the phone last week with management in every single one of the facilities in the state to check in and to see what they’re doing, to see if we can help in any way and just to help meet the need for their workforce, to keep them up and going.”The beef plant in Tama reopened this morning, but the pork plant in Columbus Junction remains closed. Governor Reynolds said it isn’t a surprise there are outbreaks of the virus at meatpacking facilities because they’re “mass gatherings” of employees.“These processing plants are essential and these workers are essential workforce and so we have to be doing everything that we can collectively,” Reynolds said this morning, pounding the lectern as she spoke. “We should all be working on finding solutions to making sure that we are doing infectious control policies, that we’re making sure that the workforce is protected, but most importantly that we’re keeping that food supply chain moving.”Iowa Department of Public Health deputy director Sarah Reisetter said they are finding positive COVID-19 cases among meatpacking employees who have not been ill or have symptoms like a fever.“If you can’t maintain six-foot social distancing between other people, then you should be considering the use of PPE,” Reisetter said, “which I understand these particular businesses that we’re working are working to accommodate for their employees.”Reynolds said the meat packing plants have been taking the temperatures of employees as they arrive for their shifts, but state officials are now asking that workers be screened for a fever at the END of their workday, too.Reynolds announced this morning COVID-19 outbreaks have been confirmed at two more Iowa nursing homes and 58 coronavirus patients in Iowa hospitals are in critical condition on ventilators. Since March, 79 Iowans have died of COVID-19 and a total of 3159 Iowans have tested positive for the virus.last_img read more

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