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Glen Campbell, Singer Fighting Alzheimer's, Unlikely to Perform Again

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:48 AM

By Nick Sanchez

Glen Campbell, the "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer, is unlikely to perform ever again, his wife reported this week.

Kim Woolen, 55, told People magazine that Campbell's battle with Alzheimer's disease has continued to progress three years after he was diagnosed.

"He can't even tune a guitar now. If I tune one and hand it to him he can still play, [but] not like he used to," Woolen said at the Open Hearts Foundation's 4th Annual Gala in Malibu, California, over the weekend. She said he's able to "play a couple licks here and there, and he finds joy in that."

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In April, Woolen and the couple's three adult children moved the 78-year-old Campbell to a memory care facility in Nashville, Tennessee.

She said she visits him "every single day for hours." They play a little guitar, look at pictures, and chat.

"It's a very nurturing place . . . [and] he feels secure there," she told the magazine. "I sit with him through his meals . . . we hug each other and cuddle. I savor every day."

The family has been very open about their lives and decisions.

Last month, they debuted a film documentary about their lives — including Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's — titled "Glen Campbell . . . I'll Be Me," at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival. It won the Gibson Music City / Music City Films Grand Jury Prize.

"There's a lot of sadness, [but] we just continue to try to make the best of every day and keep a sense of humor," she said.

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