The wife of beloved country singer Glen Campbell has revealed that he can no longer play the guitar due to his worsening Alzheimer’s disease.
In a new interview with The Star, Kim Campbell explained that he lost most of his muscle memory since entering the final stages of the disease.
“Sadly, if you live long enough into this disease, you even lose that,” she explained.“He cannot play guitar anymore. I don’t even know if he knows what it’s for, but our children come and play for him. It’s hard to tell if he’s responding to it much. Sometimes he’ll listen, and sometimes he’s distracted. He’s in his own world right now.”
Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease, which causes memory loss and destroys most mental functions, back in 2011. Last year, Kim Campbell told news outlets that her husband and “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer had lost the ability to speak and had entered a full-time treatment facility.
“Glen’s getting great care, he’s happy, he’s cheerful. He’s healthy, but he has lost most of his language skills. He doesn’t understand anything anyone is saying to him.”
She went on to describe instances when the disease made Campbell combative, as he struggles with the inability to communicate. Kim says he punched her and gave her a black eye while she tried to dress him one morning. “I know he loves me, and it’s not anything to do with (abuse),” she explained. “It’s just that he can’t communicate, and that’s his reflex.”
Although watching her husband go through this incredibly challenging and heartbreaking time, Kim Campbell says she’s proud of what he’s accomplished and how he publicly handled the diagnosis.
“Glen is one of the first people who came out and lived with dementia before the public. It was his choice to do it,” she says. “He was, I think, really brave. Now, we’ve reached that stage where I am trying to protect his dignity.”