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Alzheimer’s Disease Takes Its Toll On Glen Campbell And His Family

Glen Campbell and his family
(Christopher Polk, Getty Images)

Everyone has that one disease that immediately floods their thoughts with fear. It’s the disease that runs in their family and has taken someone they love. Just the mention of it makes your heart stop for a second. For some it’s cancer; for others it’s heart disease. For me, it’s Alzheimer’s Disease. 

When I was in high school, my grandma was diagnosed with a disease that would make her forget who I was before I left for college. It was the saddest thing I’ve ever seen. She went from being a fiery lady who would put any man in his place to a woman who sat and cried because she couldn’t remember how to get dressed.

The reason I tell the story about my grandma is that legendary country singer Glen Campbell and his family are currently going through some of the same struggles. They admit that some days are better than others but that he now has to be under constant supervision.

Some of the side effects of Alzheimer’s aside from the memory loss are anxiety, agitation and depression. According to, Campbell has been dealing with the frustration of completing everyday tasks — things like changing the channel with a remote control have even become so upsetting that he ended up throwing the remote at the television.

Unfortunately, until more research can be done, the only thing that people who suffer with the disease can do is take things day by day and remember the best memories they have with the victim. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as this terrible disease takes its toll on one of our legends.

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