Glen Campbell Moves to Alzheimer’s Facility

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.

Glen Campbell Moves to Alzheimer's 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.

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  • Jackie Lynn Cobb

    My father went in to dementia when my mother died. There was no way to keep him at home. Luckily the facility here was just wonderful. I know people who do keep their loved one at home. I don’t know how they do it. My dad needed 24 hour care, just for his own safety. Like Glen, he would be up all hours of the night walking….

    • Charlotte

      How do we do it?
      With love and sacrifice.

      • pauline

        You are right Charlotte. with love and sacrifice. Being home with loved ones not in a place where he does not know anyone.

        • intewedm

          They don’t know ANYONE in time. Caring for someone who has no idea who you are must be terrible!

        • LillyBritches

          You’re awful. I’m caretaking my 94-year-old mother at home (she has some dementia but it’s not AD), but I absolutely do NOT judge ANYONE for placing her or his loved one in a facility. You do NOT know that person’s situation; besides, after a certain point Alzheimer’s patients are oblivious to loved ones. Please glean perspective, pauline.

          • therealcie

            Thank you. As a person who worked with the elderly, including many dementia patients, between 1988 and 2015, I can say that judging a person negatively for making the difficult decision to place a person in a professional setting is utterly erroneous. People with memory loss and the other physical issues that come with a disease such as Alzheimer’s can become difficult if not impossible for family to care for. It is not a weakness or cruelty on the family’s part to make such a decision.
            My own father had vascular dementia and many other physical issues. I had to work full time and my brother lives at a distance. My mother was his 24-7 caregiver. Before he ended up going into hospice, she was looking at the possibility of putting him into long term care. It was not something she wanted to do, but physically she was becoming unable to continue caring for him.
            My uncle is looking at the possibility of having to place my aunt in a facility because her confusion and hence her wandering is becoming much worse. He can’t stay awake 24 hours a day.
            It’s a heart wrenching decision, and anyone who harshly judges family members for making it is ignorant at best and cruel at worst.

  • Val

    Well I will pray for you and your family to be strong. You will help a lot of people know of this disease. Some where down the road people will remember how much you helped. Thank You

    • Mark Taylor

      Don’t strain yourself too much…instead of praying, why don’t unclench your wallet and support a cure.

      • SemiahmooWR

        Instead of criticizing, why don’t you consider that Val might not have much money. Fascist atheist.

  • Nancee

    God bless you Glen and your family. I have been a fan since you played 12 strinh guitar for Sinatra. Your music and your TV shows and movies were always the best. So many of your songs that are my favorites will stay with me forever. Life really isn’t fair.

  • pauline

    I have love Glen Campbell since I was a little girl. Always watched his TV shows. He needs to be with family at this time not in some strange place. He needs to be in an environment that he knows not in some place he does not know. I hope the courts give his daughter Debra permission to take him to her home where he will be surrounded by people who know and love him. I am sure he has enough money to let him do that. Nancy Reagan kept Ronald home until God called him home. Glen should the same thing, being with people who love him until God calls him home. I pray that Kim will let that happen for him.

    • Charlotte

      Oh Pauline, thank you for your positive comment. Not only Ronald Reagan, but Margaret Tatcher and countless “ordinary people” were/are kept from being locked up in “memory facilities”. When money is available for all the help necessary, there is NO EXCUSE for doing away with our deeply forgetful loved ones. Without sufficient funds, sometimes tragically if there is no other physically fit relative, then there is no other option. BUT many, many go to their utmost and extreme strength and resilience to keep their loved ones near and as happy as possible. Bob DeMarco on his blog, the ALZHEIMERS READING ROOM, has shown us all the way in sharing how he dealt with the many challenges presented by AD by living his life at home with his mother Dotty for over 8 years until she went to Heaven.
      May the Lord give all 24×7 caregivers the health and strength to continue as long as needed.

  • Bo Towne

    “Gentle on My Mind” – What a terrible disease, and I hope they will soon find something that cures or that will at least alleviate the sufferings of so many. I love you.

  • annemarie

    Just watching the 67 Oscars and your song was sung Glen…how I cried,but how beautiful for your wife.
    I used to work in a facility with people who suffered Alzheimers,and what an honor it was.
    Glen your music will live on,and I’m sure some of those nights,you will sing and sing,and never lose tune.
    God Bless you Glen and family Xx
    Annemarie in Australia

  • Deana Stanberry

    For some reason, I have really had Glen on my mind and I was wondering about his latest status with his health, I couldn’t find anything current. My Pandora has been playing his songs constantly for some reason and a warm feeling of emotion just runs right through me… is he? I feel I need to ask. God bless you and your family. I’m a music teacher and devoted fan of Glen and jimmy webb

  • Janae Bryant

    Glen Campbell is an epitome of courage and encouragement of my life. Kim’s grace, love and faith gives me hope. My husband fixes my food, brushes my hair and overlooks and forgives my outbursts of anger when I can’t understand. He has never complained by word or deed. My greatest desire is to be better so my husband can have a better life. Despite occasional appearances to the contrary, GOD IS GOOD.

  • Gail Common

    I will always remember Glen Campbell in relation to the most romantic time in my life when I met my first love at 18. He was 24. I was a shy and naieve girl. He was a seasoned Veteran after returning from the Navy and going back to work with the fire dept. I thought Mark “Was Just to Good to beTrue ” and I never thought I’d get a date with a guy like that after seeing him in his Navy uniform in an 11×14 on his parents entry hall wall. Mark introduced me to a sound chamber in his 67 red Malibu with black interior. Songs by Glenn Cambell were some of the first backdrop music to our new found love. We drove and parked and entered married life to these famous songs. By the Time I Get to Phionex, Whichta Lineman, Gavalston, Gentle on My Mind and last but not least Dreams of an Everyday Housewife. I graduated in 1967 and we got married in 1968. Mark had an 8 track Craig recorder. Whatever 8 track we bought With the Time I Get To Phoenix was played over and over in the car and then it was the black portable radio that filled our love nest with memories that will hold Mark in my embrace till the day I die. Mark died when he was 26 years old of a heart attack. We had I baby boy . I am 66 years now. My father died of alheimers disease and I have worked with alheimers pts. for over 12 years. I can truly saw the world of people is a world unto itself. Being a part of that world is not easy. But I have met some of the most gracious people in life helping and caring for their loved one in this walk through their life. Health Care Centers such as the one I work for and the one Glenn Cambel is residing at now are what I call a type of battlefield. And I am honored and priviliged to work with and care for these great warriors.

    • caitlinburm

      What an incredible story, Gail. Your words about it being an honor and privilege to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s really resonated with us. Thank you so much for sharing!

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