Although Glen Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's is certainly a sad one, his wife, Kim, says that they still find moments of joy in the sadness.
Recently in Little Rock, Arkansas, Glen's friends and family gathered together for the dedication of a new Alzheimer's and dementia care center in the city. The center, called Memory Care of Little Rock at Good Shepherd, will name a wing after Glen in his honor.
Although Glen could not attend the dedication, since he is currently in a Nashville care facility, his wife Kim was there. During the dedication, Kim opened up about her husband's struggles with his disease.
"We first noticed something wasn't right in 2009 when he became really OCD," she says. "Every day, he would come into the bathroom, [and] show us how much toothpaste he thought we should use."
Campbell was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, but he didn't let his diagnosis stop him. Kim reflects on when Glen decided to work on a new album, called Ghost On Canvas, which was released in August 2011.
"I asked him, 'What are you going to do if you forget the lyrics, or say or do something embarrassing?' And he said, 'I'll just tell them I have Alzheimer's!' And we said, 'OK, if that's what you want to do, we will support you.'"
After releasing Ghost On Canvas and going on his final Goodbye Tour, Kim eventually had to make the tough decision to place Glen in the care facility in Nashville. Now, Glen has lost the ability to communicate, but Kim says that he still manages to make himself laugh.
"He's always trying to tell a joke and winds up cracking himself up, which makes us laugh and that brings him joy," she says.
Glen has brought so much joy to the country music industry as well, especially with his incredible live performances. You can watch his 1975 live performance of his iconic song, "Rhinestone Cowboy" in the video below.
Despite all of the struggles Glen has been through, we're so glad to hear that he can still find some happiness. We continue to send our prayers to Glen and his family.
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