Singer Glen Campbell, 75, recently announced he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Then he said he’s going on the road for a farewell tour. He is putting his still-handsome face and amazing voice to use by allowing himself to become a spokesperson for Alzheimer’s, much like Michael J. Fox with Parkinson’s. What is extraordinary is that Mr. Campbell (unlike many other public figures who have developed Alzheimer’s) is allowing a very public opportunity for people to see the quirkiness of Alzheimer’s — the forgetfulness, repeating thoughts, struggling to recall details. But with songs like These Days, Mr. Campbell will highlight what living with Alzheimer’s is all about.
Glen Campbell is my new hero!