American Senior Communities
Kim Campbell, wife of Country Music Hall of Fame legend Glen Campbell, shared her experiences with her husband in his battles with Alzheimer’s disease on July 16 at the University of Indianapolis.
Campbell, 79, who resides in a memory care facility in Tennessee, was diagnosed with the disease in 2011 and has publicly fought it and its stigma with his family. He performed his farewell tour in 2012.
The week before the release of the documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” his final single was released. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is a heartbreaking ballad recorded for the film. The song is a love letter to his wife and his reflection on the destruction of the disease.
His hits included “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” A winner of multiple Grammys, he acted opposite of John Wayne in “True Grit.” He also hosted a television show on CBS and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
The viewing of the documentary last week at UIndy was followed by a question and answer session conducted by Mrs. Campbell, who has been married to Campbell for 32 years.
Not only does the disease have a fatal impact on the sufferer, there is tremendous impact on family members, as well, she said. More than 5 million Americans suffer with dementia, an umbrella term for several diseases, including Alzheimer’s.
The event was sponsored by American Senior Communities (www.ASCSeniorCare.com), which operates nearly 90 health and memory care communities across Indiana.