A Family’s Journey With Alzheimer’s: Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
According to recent statistics, more than 5 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease – that’s 1 out of 3 seniors. In 2016 alone, Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases will cost our nation more than $236 billion. This disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer, combined. Currently, there is no way to prevent it and no cure. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. In her heartfelt talk, Kim shares her personal story and how Glen’s farewell tour and film, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, began a national conversation about the effects of Alzheimer’s. It’s a remarkable story of the human spirit and how Kim and Glen made the decision to continue to live a very public life despite the challenges and adversity of this disease. It’s also a story of hope and how music helped Glen retain his mental well-being far longer than expected and demonstrated to the world that a life lived fully does not stop with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Kim will leave you inspired and with a sense of hope.
When Kim’s husband Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she and her children rallied together to support him. They faced many challenges as a family, and through the emotionally draining moments, Kim realized how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves while caring for others. She has recently launched CareLiving.org, a blog and lifestyle guide providing resources, inspiration and a sense of community to this underserved group. Kim discusses the importance of not becoming the “second victim.” She explains the emotional, physical and mental hardships that accompany the caregiver’s life, and offers advice on ways to ward off depression and illness. This talk is a positive and encouraging outlook on this often overlooked subject, and will inspire and restore faith and joy to those caring for loved ones.