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Country music legend Glen Campbell is in the final stages of Alzheimer's, a disease he was diagnosed with in 2011. In the years since his diagnosis, his wife Kim has remained by his side and has been open with his fans about the singer's declining health.
In 2014, as Campbell became more violent and paranoid, it was clear that Kim could no longer care for him alone. So, she placed him in a full-time care facility where he can be monitored and cared for as he goes through the final stage of Alzheimer's.
In a new interview with The Tennesseean, Kim Campbell shared a heartbreaking update about Glen's health, revealing that he can no longer play the guitar. But, that doesn't keep him from trying. Even though his health keeps him from playing a real guitar, the 80-year old musician plays "air guitar" and attempts to sing.
"Doctors say that because Glen continued to do music it probably helped him plateau in the early and middle stages," Kim Campbell said.
When his daughter Ashley visits, she brings her guitar and plays Emmylou Harris or Johnny Cash tunes. She says that "You Are My Sunshine" is one of his favorites.
Kim also shared that her husband has lost his speech and can't comprehend language.
"But he still has his essence," Kim Campbell added.
Kim Campbell is sharing her and Glen's story along with a message of hope in an effort to encourage others who may be going through something similar with a loved one.
"I want to let people know that there's hope out there. There's help out there. They don't have to do this alone," Campbell told the newspaper. "They can’t do it alone. It will take you down."