Glen Campbell’s Legacy Lives On

Members | August 09, 2017 | by Tessa Atkinson-Adams

On August 8, the inspirational singer Glen Campbell passed away at 81 following his long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

"Today we mourn the loss of our dear friend Glen Campbell," said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. "We were so fortunate to know him and his incredible family who bravely shared their Alzheimer's journey with the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."

In 2011, Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and told to prepare for the worst. Instead, Glen and his wife Kim went public with the diagnosis and announced that they and the family would set out on a Good Bye Tour. The film “Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me” documents this extraordinary journey as they navigated 151 shows despite the unpredictable nature of Glen's disease using love, laughter, and music as their medicine. LeadingAge and its  member communities supported the film by hosting screenings across the country.

LeadingAge and Integrace also honored the Campbell Family and film director/producer James Keach and producer Trevor Albert with the inaugural Great Minds Gala Senator William Proxmire Award for their commitment to raise awareness about the disease.

While we are saddened by our friend’s passing, we know that his music and story will continue to inspire individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s for years to come.