Greystone is pleased to announce Kim Campbell, wife of legendary country entertainer Glen Campbell, will speak at Greystone’s annual Management Symposium on Feb. 10 at the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square. Mrs. Campbell will address her experiences caring for the country musician, who has Alzheimer’s, as well as the decision to place him in a memory care community last year.
Mrs. Campbell will share advice for family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, as well as the quality-of-life benefits Mr. Campbell has experienced since moving into memory care. She wrote in a piece for Fox News last year the community has “been good for him. He just seems more at peace there than he was at home, where he became increasingly agitated and frantic.”
Mr. Campbell released his final record and embarked on a cross-country farewell tour of America in 2011, shortly after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The tour was chronicled in the 2014 documentary “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.” The song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the film has been nominated for two Grammy awards and an Oscar. Tim McGraw will perform the song in honor of Mr. Campbell at the Academy Awards on Feb. 22.
“Kim has a unique message to share,” said Rick Cumberland, senior vice president of operations management at Greystone. “Our team has been able to meet with her recently and we share a common vision for delivering health care services to the memory-impaired. We appreciate her willingness to learn and help continue the conversation around memory care.”
- Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, accounting for an estimated 60-80 percent of cases
- An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s
- Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, and by mid-century, this will escalate to every 33 seconds
- More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheime’s and other dementias
- Fifty-nine percent of family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rated the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high
The Greystone Management Symposium brings together executive directors and caregivers from the nation’s leading continuing care retirement communities. This year’s conference will focus on caring for seniors with dementia within the continuum-of-care provided by these communities.