UPDATE: Gaylor Baird proclaims June Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

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Emily Gossard said her father, Daryl, died of Alzheimer’s disease last year at 66.

She remembers how it changed him.

“I think the first time he didn’t remember who I was was probably the hardest,” Gossard said.

She said she became his caregiver after he was diagnosed with it.  It was no easy job.

“All the hours that I had to leave work to take him, doctors appointments, check on him, phone calls throughout the middle of the night, wanting me to try to calm him down,” she said.  “Just a lot of that kind of stuff.”

The Alzheimer’s Association said in 2018, Nebraska caregivers like Gossard provided 94 million hours of unpaid care.

And on Wednesday, they got a little recognition.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird proclaimed June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  She said it’s to help spread their message.

“I’m so pleased that the folks of the Alzheimer’s Association are doing good work to promote awareness of what we can do to make sure that we have good brain health in our community and also the services that exist for so many families,” Gaylor Baird said.

The Alzheimer’s Association said they hope it helps raise awareness to the disease itself.  There’s no cure for it and they said early detection is crucial…

The proclamation also recognizes the importance of taking care of your brain’s health.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a list of 10 ways they said you can help your brain, including diet and exercise.

“Exercise is probably the best thing we can do,” Programs and Public Policy Director Clayton Freeman said.  “Blood flow to the brain is critical, so three to four hours a week of exercise that breaks a sweat and gets your heart rate up, we believe, is very important.”

They also want those living with the disease and their caregivers to know they’re not alone and there is help.

If you need help, you can call the Alzheimer’s Association Help Line at (800) 272-3900.

If you want to see the full list of 10 ways to help your brain, you can find that information on https://alz.org/help-support/brain_health/10_ways_to_love_your_brain

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Alzheimer’s disease killed almost 700 Nebraskans in 2017.

On Tuesday, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird gave it a little more recognition.  The mayor proclaimed June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  She said it’s important for the mayor to lift up voices in the community and help spread their message.

In this case: raising awareness on how much Alzheimer’s Disease impacts those who have it and the people who care for them.

Emily Gossard took care of her father, Daryl, after he was diagnosed with it.

She talked about the difficulties of being his caregiver.

“All the hours that I had to leave work to take him, doctors appointments, check on him, phone calls throughout the middle of the night, wanting me to try to calm him down,” Gossard said.  “Just a lot of that kind of stuff.”

She said it’s a very expensive disease and she hopes the mayor’s proclamation will help raise awareness to it.

The proclamation also recognizes the importance of taking care of your brain’s health.

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