Ever since Glen Campbell learned about his diagnosis with Alzheimer's, his wife Kim and their children have been devoted to his care. Not only that, but they travel around the country to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and how to care for someone with the disease.
For a while, Glen was staying in a care facility in Nashville, but since his disease was rapidly progressing, Kim made the decision to bring him home. Kim served as Glen's primary caregiver, something which played a heavy toll on her, so the decision was made to have him put back into the care facility where he currently resides.
"Caregiving is hard," Kim tells talks about one particular painting he made with friend and actress, Jane Seymour. The Huffington Post. "I don't know how people do it."
During Glen's stay at the care facility in Nashville, he was able to participate in a variety of programs, including art therapy. Some people think art therapy is the same thing as normal art, but in truth art therapy is a structured process that is meant to help someone express thoughts and feelings through their art.
Sometimes, art therapy is even able to help improve memory, which is why Glen's family considered it beneficial for him. His daughter, Ashley talks about one particular painting he made with friend and actress, Jane Seymour.
"He didn't paint anything really," Ashley says, "it was more just putting color on the canvas, but he did use his favorite color: blue."
Kim goes on to add that Glen has always loved bright colors such as blue, but since his diagnosis he has developed a fascination with color.
"Now, he loves bright colors and having brightly colored shoelaces," Kim says. "If he sees someone without bright shoelaces, he'll want to give them his."
Although Glen has been able to find freedom and expression through art therapy, he is no longer able to express himself through music.
"He is unable to play his guitar, and no, he doesn't recognize his music, but he'll sing a lot in following along with the tunes and melodies," Kim says.
The whole process of caring for Glen continues to be a challenge for Kim, but she says there are sweet moments that make all of the struggle worthwhile.
"When I try to clean his mouth, wash or change his clothes, he'll yell and hit," Kim says. "There are the sweet and kind moments though, even in times when he's highly agitated, he'll look at me and say, 'I love you. God bless us all.'"
We continue to pray for Kim, Glen, and their family during this tough time.
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