Kim Campbell has been married to country/pop star Glen Campbell for 35 years. With God’s help and tough love, Kim helped Glen overcome his addictions and the happy couple dedicated themselves to raising their three children – Cal, Shannon, and Ashley – all musicians following in their father’s footsteps.
In 2011, Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Kim, Glen and their children courageously decided to share his battle with the disease by allowing filmmakers James Keach and Trevor Albert to document Glen’s Goodbye Tour. Kim remained by Glen’s side every step of the way for what turned out to be an extensive, 151-show world tour culminating in the award-winning documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.
Determined to honor Glen by continuing his quest to educate people about Alzheimer’s disease and the role of caregivers, Kim has made it her mission to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers by co-founding the I’ll Be Me Alzheimer’s Fund. In 2016, she launched www.CareLiving.org, a blog and lifestyle guide to provide information and inspiration to caregivers, and encourage them to care for themselves while caring for others.
As a member of PCORI, Kim joins other celebrities who are stepping forward to speak out for families impacted by Alzheimer’s like Leeza Gibbons, Dan Gasby & B. Smith, Greg O’Brien, as well as actress Linda Grey, Paula Abdul, and Ron Reagan.
In recognition of her dedication and work, Kim has been made an honorary faculty member of the Erickson School, University of Maryland Baltimore County, connecting the brainpower of a leading research university with the practical expertise and knowledge of aging services leaders nationwide.
At home in Nashville, Kim continues her loving care for Glen. Sadly, they are on a hard journey that won’t have a fairy tale ending, but it’s a journey they share with 5.4 million other Americans.
Kim’s many accolades include:
2015 Ballington and Maud Booth Award – Volunteers Of America
2015 Caregiver Leadership Award – Alzheimer’s Association New York CityChapter
2014 Music Has Power Award – IMNF (Institute for Music and Neurologic Function)
2014 Senator William Proxmire Award – Integrace
2014 Humanism in Medicine Award – Arnold P. Gold Foundation
2014 Glen Campbell Courage Award – A Night at Sardies; Alzheimer’s Association
2013 AFAR Award of Distinction – American Federation for Aging Research
2012 Open Hearts Award – Open Hearts Foundation