Glen Campbell's Generous Final Act
You don't have to be a country music fan, or even a fan of Glen Campbell, to appreciate the courage and generosity of spirit that was demonstrated by a man diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease to take his show on the road.
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, Campbell was determined to do a Farewell Tour. Originally slated to be a five week period morphed into more than 150 concerts due to requests from additional venues that wanted Campbell to perform there.
During this period, Campbell was in stages 2-4 out of the seven into which Alzheimer's disease is staged. As time moved forward, the musician exhibited increasing difficulty at times. During what became his final concert at the end of November 2012, Campbell exhibited agitation and confusion. It was time to call the touring to a halt -- there was no point in subjecting audiences to the uncomfortableness of watching that happen, nor tarnish Campbell's long-held reputation as a musician and performer.
The increased awareness of Alzheimer's disease because of Campbell's determination to share his experiences with this audiences and with the world in general, both through his Farewell Tour and the documentary of that period, "I'm Not Going to Miss You," is unlikely to be measurable, but it has been and will be full of impact just the same. The impact, if not in dollars given to Alzheimer's research, may be personal for those with the diagnosis and/or those who care for them -- who can put a value on that?
As a long-term care nurse, I cared for many people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. I watched the light in their eyes of who they were slowly but surely become a haze. I supported family members and friends who were devastated by the changes in their loved ones. I support those things which bring increased understanding to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as well as continued research into this stealthy thief.
Resources: RollingStone.com " Glen Campbell Shares Poignant Last Music Video, 'I'm Not Going to Miss You '"
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