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Life with Alzheimer's: Wife of Country Music Superstar Glen Campbell Shares their Journey

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(KUTV) Fresh Living went on the road to visit Sagewood at Daybreak to see first-hand the memory care services that are offered in Sagewood's Connections Neighborhood.

During the visit, Casey Scott sat down with Kim Campbell, wife of country music superstar Glen Campbell.

Campbell was working on planning a tour more than 5 years ago when he received the unexpected diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, he and his family went public with his diagnosis and set out on a Goodbye Tour in 2011. Kim says they thought it would run 5 weeks. It ended up being 151 spectacular sold out shows over a year and a half across America, including in Sandy, Utah.

A documentary film, I'll Be Me, follows Campbell on his journey through the tour and the unpredictable nature of his progressing disease. Kim says they used love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.

Campbell and his producer/co-writer Julian Raymond received a Best Song Oscar nomination for the song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" — in hopes of raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

In September 2016, Glen Campbell was honored at the 10th Annual ACM Honors with the Career Achievement Award, Kim Campbell, his wife accepted the award on his behalf.

Campbell is now in stage 6 of 7 of Alzheimer's disease. Kim says he can no longer play the guitar, but he still continually plays an incredible air guitar. Kim and Glen just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on October 25th.

Kim hopes to raise awareness and funding for Alzheimer's disease research and also to be an advocate for caretakers of loved ones. She offers great advice and insight on her blog careliving.org.

She also offered advice on finding the right caregivers for your loved ones.

Sagewood at Daybreak believes that it is important for residents living with a form of dementia to enjoy the art of living well through three key areas of life: physical, emotional and spiritual.

Sagewood offers physical activities, nutrition that is ideal for feeding the mind and also spiritual care in all types of worship services.

The Connections Kitchen is designed to make meal preparation and ordering less confusing for those living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Residents are given strategies for aging well and Sagewood offers a family-like atmosphere so loved ones know their family member is well taken care of.

Sagewood at Daybreak is located at 11289 South Oakmond Road in South Jordan. You can find more information at lifeatsagewood.com or by calling (801) 790-0585.

For more on Alzheimer's Disease, visit alz.org/utah

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