Hansen: As Glen Campbell descends into final stages of Alzheimer's, his wife tries to help other caregivers
Kim Campbell, wife of country singer Glen Campbell, spoke to a group of supporters recently at an Alzheimer's Orange County fundraiser in Silverado.
By David Hansen
May 31, 2016
Kim provides tips to caregivers, recalls when Glen was diagnosed and his and his family's reactions, and shares how she and their children are best helping Glen now.
"When we got the Alzheimer's diagnosis it was scary. It was super, super scary, and I didn't know anything about Alzheimer's," she said. "So I had to ask all the questions. Is this fatal? Yes. How much longer do we have? And everything is so ambiguous, and there's really no treatment, no cure."
Kim said that once the initial shock wore off, it was clear that Glen did not want to hide. He wanted to continue singing.
"Glen just decided that he was going to share his diagnosis with the world and let everybody know what was going on," she said. "I think he really helped remove the stigma of getting that diagnosis, because for so many years it was an embarrassing diagnosis to get. People would just go into seclusion."
Now, however, she does have to protect him. She does it because she feels it's the right thing for him. She knows there are people who still want his time, but he's not in a position to provide it.
"Eventually you do get to that point where you need to be secluded, which is where we are now because I'm trying to protect his dignity," she said. "For us it's been a challenge because he did open himself up, and a lot of people think that they should still have access to him. So it's been really difficult."
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