Glen Campbell Likely Won't Perform Again, Wife Says
The country great, who has Alzheimer's, "can't even tune a guitar now," says Kim Woolen
More than three years into his battle with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell can no longer do what’s been second nature for him for most of his life – perform.
When asked if the country great would ever play for an audience again, his wife, Kim Woolen, 55, says it’s unlikely.
“He can’t even tune a guitar now. If I tune one and hand it to him he can still play, [but] not like he used to,” Woolen told PEOPLE at the Open Hearts Foundation’s 4th Annual Gala in Malibu on Saturday. However, he can still “play a couple licks here and there, and he finds joy in that.”
Now living in a memory-care facility near their Nashville home, the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer, 78, spends his days looking at pictures and chatting with Woolen, who visits him “every single day for hours.”
“It’s a very nurturing place [and] he feels secure there,” she says. “I sit with him through his meals we hug each other and cuddle. I savor every day.”
And though it’s been “absolutely heartbreaking” for the Campbell family (the couple have three children together), they’ve tried to stay positive.
“There’s a lot of sadness, [but] we just continue to try to make the best of every day and keep a sense of humor,” says Woolen.
• Reporting by MATTHEW COLE WEISS