In 2011, country star Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer‘s disease. At the time, Campbell went public with his diagnosis with his wife Kim by his side to inform his fans, in case he forgot any lyrics during his performances. As his condition grew worse over the past few years, he has had to cancel some of his shows, and now his family has announced that he will be moving into a memory care facility.
Fighting Alzheimer’s While Performing
Country icon Glen Campbell recently announce that he will continue his fight against Alzheimer’s, but now he will do so from a memory care facility. Despite his diagnosis in 2011, Campbell embarked on a global “Goodbye Tour” and even released two new albums while battling the disease. Unfortunately, his condition worsened throughout the tour, forcing him to cancel shows.
In a statement to Rolling Stone magazine, his family said,
“Sadly, Glen’s condition has progressed enough that we were no longer able to keep him at home. He is getting fantastic care and we get to see him every day. Our family wants to thank everyone for their continued prayers, love and support.”
Documenting The Fight
The 78-year-old singer documented his “Goodbye Tour” and the documentary, “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” premiered Friday night at the Nashville Film Festival. The documentary chronicled his life and the lives of his family throughout the tour. It also showed their very personal struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s community is thankful for the Campbell’s public fight against Alzheimer’s, which will raise awareness of the disease and fight the stigma that often comes with Alzheimer’s.