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Glen Campbell’s Disease May Help Alzheimer’s Awareness In Wyoming

Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Rick Diamond, Getty Images

The death of Glen Campbell this week was a reminder that in Wyoming, Alzheimer’s can be an awful disease. Over 9,000 have dementia in the Cowboy State. That’s not a small percentage of the least populated state.

The effects devastate families. Maybe you remember the news two weeks ago about a Rock Springs man. At age 82, he left his wife at home and drove into remote parts of Wyoming. He was found in Missoula, Montana three days later, having no idea where he was. He has Alzheimer’s, and that kind of story happens every day. Families can often only pray and try not to be worried sick, themselves.

Find an Alzheimer’s Community here and learn more about symtoms and stages of the desease here.

Glen Campbell’s wife and children said symptoms had been recurring for years before it was announced to the public in 2011. His final “Goodbye Tour” came to an end as far back as November of 2012.

In April 2014, news reports had Campbell a patient at an Alzheimer’s long-term care and treatment facility. In March 2015 came a report that two of Campbell’s children, Debby and Travis, had sought legal action against Glen’s wife Kim, with the claim she “secluded” Glen, preventing them from “participating” in the medical care. Tanya Tucker fought for his children to visit with him.

On March 8, 2016, Rolling Stone reported that Campbell was living in a memory care facility and in the “final stages” of his disease.

Glen Campbell was able to get into the studio for one more album released last year, titled “Adios,” and died of Alzheimer’s disease in Nashville on August 8, 2017, six years after his diagnosis.

Keith Urban was thrilled to get to jam with his idol in 2009.

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