Glen Campbell’s wife says the country music star is entering the final stages of Alzheimer’s. Kim Campbell told WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg, Florida that Campbell is in stage seven of the disease. The Grammy award-winner and actor was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 2011. His wife said the 79-year-old Campbell is currently in a permanent care facility in Nashville after spending time with his family.
Campbell announced his battle with Alzheimer’s in 2011, and at that time he was still well enough to embark on his final tour, which was documented in the award-winning film “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” By 2014 he had declined to the point where Kim made the decision to place him in a full-time care facility, but in September of 2015 she brought him home, where she, the couple’s children, Ashley and Shannon, nephew Matthew Monier and family friend Brody Wooton served as his his primary caregivers for seven weeks. In November she was forced to return him to full-time care as he entered the final phases of the disease, requiring help with everything.
“He’s healthy, he’s content,” Kim said “He’s lost most of his ability to communicate verbally. He has severe aphasia, but he still understands the universal language of smiles and kisses, and he enjoys food.”
Kim Campbell says that the family are holding onto their faith during their trying times. “We just trust that God has a purpose for everything that we face in our lives, and we just love each other through whatever we’re going through. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the whole family.”
Campbell is known for hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” and the last song he recorded “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” in 2013, which won the Grammy for Best Country Song in 2015.