Thursday, June 23, 2011

Glen Campbell Has Alzheimer's Disease

Yesterday's announcement that country music legend Glen Campbell has Alzheimer's Disease has everyone abuzz. With a new album and tour, Campbell and his wife wanted everyone to understand if he lost track of a song's lyrics or song order while on stage. They made the announcement after a concert review noted his disorientation and accused the performer of being unprepared.

We're guessing that at least initially, the memory slips the Rhinestone Cowboy singer experienced were chalked up to normal aging. This is quite common. But there are some differences between the occasional lapse and the onset of Alzheimer's - a stage of the illness known as Mild Cognitive Impairment. We thought we'd take this opportunity to outline some of the differences.

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Kelly said...

Thank you to Glen Campbell and his wife for making this brave announcement as it will continue to keep a light shining on Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease does not single out any one person but is a devastingly democratic disease touching all socioeconomic status. As the media attention fades on this story please remember that there are thousands of individuals in San Diego that are living with Alzheimer's every day, many who do not have ample resources to care for their loved one. Don't let this one story be a fleeting rememberance of Alzheimer's. Let's keep the attention focused so that a cure can be found.

Alzheimer specialist said...

Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is one of the most life-changing and stressful things that can happen within the confines of a doctor's office.

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