With Valentine’s Day approaching, I was thinking about how wonderful it is to be in love and what a gift it is to be able to express your love to someone. Glen’s song, There’s No Me Without You, took on a deeper meaning for both of us as his sense of self began to diminish due to Alzheimer’s.
Perhaps it’s serendipitous that Glen played guitar on this Byrds record more than 50 years ago and it’s just now resonating with me as a caregiver. As the seasons turn, so must we turn away from defeat and depression as caregivers.
Glen loved singing and recording Christmas songs, but always wanted to record “Chanukah” by Marty Goetz. Sadly, Alzheimer’s robbed him of the opportunity to ever properly record it. Here, for the first time, is a home video of the only performance of Glen singing this song.
When actress Jane Seymour invited Glen Campbell to join her in her art studio for a painting session – she was amazed. Through this wonderful collective art experience, two abstract paintings were born from a man who had never before picked up a paintbrush.
As I celebrate this Thanksgiving with my husband, I will look into his eyes, hold his hand, kiss him, share a meal and be truly be grateful for the life we’ve shared and the children and grandchildren God has given us.
When you spend most of your time thinking about what other people need, it feels good to be a little selfish for an hour. – Ashley Campbell shares her thoughts on yoga for caregivers and a video of her father Glen trying it for himself …
How do you celebrate your 34th wedding anniversary with someone who has lost his memories to Alzheimer’s and by his own words says, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”? Kim shares thoughts, memories and a letter from Glen.
Dr. Connie Tomaino is a music therapist for individuals suffering from brain trauma or degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. In 1980, she became the full-time music therapist at the facility where Oliver Sacks’ “Awakenings” took place.