How Glen Campbell and His Family Are Battling Alzheimer's
"He's the sweetest person in the world," says the country star's wife Kim Campbell
Over the summer, Kim Campbell had a couple very special – but tough – months with her husband Glen Campbell back at their home in Nashville.
The country star (who posed in June with Kim and the couple’s children Ashley and Shannon for photos shared exclusively with PEOPLE) had been living full-time at a memory care facility near the couple’s Nashville home for more than a year, but “I always wanted to bring him home and give it another try because I miss him so terribly,” says Kim.
With the help of the couple’s children, their nephew Matthew Monier and family friend Brody Wooton, Kim, 57, cared for Glen, 79, at home for seven weeks but eventually had to move him back into a new memory care community.
“It was just more than I could handle,” says Kim about moving her husband home. “He’s the sweetest person in the world, but he becomes combative when you try to change his clothes or bathe him. It really wasn’t the best situation.”
Monier and Wooton now have full-time jobs at Glen’s new facility, and “they’re with Glen every day, I’m there every day, and it’s a really beautiful place,” says Kim. “It’s the best we could hope for.”
The “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer was diagnosed in 2010 with Alzheimer’s disease and is now in “late stage six,” says Kim, who started the I’ll Be Me Alzheimer’s Fund with director James Keach. “Physically he’s very strong and healthy. He’s content and cheerful.”
In rare “moments of lucidity,” the star will suddenly look at his wife, “tear up and bite his lower lip and just say ‘I love you,'” says Kim. “It just rips your heart out because you feel like every time you have that moment, it might be your last.”
But on most days, Glen is “sweet and content,” says Kim. “He just loves being with people.”
Keach’s movie Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which documented Glen’s final tour, will air in November in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.