Wife of country music legend Glen Campbell speaks in Lexington
He's a Grammy Award-winning singer who had a string of hits from the 1960's through the 80's. Glen Campbell's songs are well known among country and rock music fans.
In recent years, he's been dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's Disease. Tuesday night, his wife Kim came to Lexington to help raise awareness of the disease and to share her journey with Glen.
Doctors diagnosed Glen Campbell with Alzheimer's back in 2011. His wife Kim told the crowd in Lexington, she noticed signs of dementia much earlier.
"He shadowed me everywhere we went," noted Campbell, talking about her husband Glen. "He became very OCD about things. You had to hang up the washcloth exactly perfect."
She went on to say, "we would travel and he would do shows, I would notice he would forget the words to the songs he had sung thousands of times and he would start asking the band, 'what key is this in?'"
Kim Campbell shared candid moments with the crowd at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church. Many listened, and related, to her role as caregiver.
Alzheimer's Disease is irreversible, destroys memory and thinking, and affects millions of Americans.
"My father had Alzheimer's and my mother is presently suffering from Alzheimer's. So it has been a big part of my life for a number of years. It's a heart-breaking disease," said Barrie Hart. "Ten years ago, 15 years ago we talked about dementia, but now it's Alzheimer's and it's everywhere. It doesn't matter your socioeconomic class, your education, it doesn't make any difference and that's what's the heart-breaker."
Hart's mother lives at The Lantern at Morning Pointe. Morning Pointe brought Campbell to Lexington. Morning Pointe is an assisted living, senior living, and Alzheimer's memory care facility with locations across Kentucky, including Lexington.
Campbell used humor and hope to deliver her message of love.
"If you're open and honest with people about what you're going through you give them permission to reach out and help you and love you," said Campbell.
The Lantern at Morning Pointe provides caregiver seminars, respite care, and Alzheimer's support groups. To learn about the organization, visit the attached link.