Widow of Grammy Hall of Fame & Award-Winning Music Artist Glen Campbell, Alzheimer’s Advocate
Kim Campbell’s marriage of more than three decades to pop-country music legend Glen Campbell is a testament to devotion and overcoming adversity. Kim helped Glen beat cocaine addiction and alcoholism only to face their greatest challenge when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Kim supported her husband through the tumultuous hardships that accompany the disease and has become a tireless, influential voice for all people living with Alzheimer’s. Read More >
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According to recent statistics, more than 5 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease – that’s one out of three seniors. In 2016, 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 family’s personal journey 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 late 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.
"Kim Campbell drew a standing ovation from our audience of neurologists and neuroscientists for her candid and moving story of caregiving for Glen Campbell in his final years. She was responsive to media requests, and is an informed, articulate and gracious spokesperson for the plight of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Her presence underscored the importance of our members’ research, and we are honored to have hosted her."
"Thank you so much for coming to Tyler! I enjoyed getting to know about you and hearing about your family. Your message was heartfelt and well received by our audience and caregivers. Thank you for taking the time to joins us!"
Kim Campbell offers a brave and authentic voice for Alzheimer's caregivers everywhere. She speaks from the heart and her experiences on the frontline of care. Most importantly, the knowing public and her fans are empathetic, listening, and cheering her on.
"Kim was outstanding! Her message was perfect and she is such a lovely, classy lady. Thank you for facilitating her appearance. I think she enjoyed the time as well."
"Kim was terrific. Great speaker. Great presentation. Very well received, and what’s more important – was very much on target with her comments and our mission."