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.
Relating the challenges and story of Mary and Joseph with the responsibilities of Caregivers helps us find meaning and inspiration during the holidays. Wishing everyone Peace and a Merry Christmas from Kim Campbell and CareLiving.org!
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.
It’s fun to dream – especially during the holidays – and it’s healthy for your brain and your emotional well being, too. Not only can your imagination stimulate creativity, it can also alleviate stress and help you find joy. Kim Campbell reminds you to Exercise Your Imagination!
I have a 2 ½ month old baby girl (Glen’s great granddaughter!), so it’s not always easy for me to cook and entertain. This recipe is perfect for the holidays and is guaranteed to be loved by all. – Jessica Olson
Deep inside each one of us is the memory of how the holidays used to be and the desire to celebrate – but when you’re a caregiver, celebrating may feel counter-intuitive. Here are some CareLiving tips to enjoying the holidays with your loved ones.
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.