Posted on: Oct 24, 2017
Two months after singer Glen Campbell’s death from Alzheimer’s disease, his widow and primary caregiver, Kim, is expanding her mission to help others. She learned a lot about the disease and how to cope with it, as a caregiver, since Campbell’s diagnosis in 2011, and wants to use that experience to educate people on caregiving.
“When the doctor used the ‘A’ word, it just terrified me and shocked me, I really didn’t know much about it,” she said. “But I started to ask questions: Is it fatal? He said, ‘yes.’”
Rather than hanging up his guitar, Glen made the decision to go public with his diagnosis and continued doing what he loved with the people he loved, and showed the world how to live with the disease. He went on a “Goodbye Tour” and agreed to have a camera crew shadow him throughout the early stages of his battle. All of it is highlighted in the documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
When Kim Campbell speaks to groups, she discusses how most people have no idea what family caregivers are trying to manage in their home.