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“I’ll Be Me”: What We Can Learn About Alzheimer’s Care from Glen Campbell

Friday, October 20th, 2017 7:16:11 PM
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This November, the Kansas Education Conference on Dementia will host keynote speaker Kim Campbell. Wife and caregiver to country music star Glen Campbell, Kim will be speaking about the challenges her family faced during her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Glen passed away in August of this year and Kim has continued to share her honest, relatable experience with providing Alzheimer’s care for a spouse.

When Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, he and his family made the courageous decision to share their experience with filmmakers. The documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” follows Glen, Kim, and their 3 adult children on Glen’s Goodbye Tour. [Source]

Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible and untreatable disease. While researchers continue their work, there is currently no cure. Many communities throughout the country participate in fundraisers like The Walk to End Alzheimer’s to contribute to the cause. But even with all of this awareness, few people truly see those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

ComfortCare Homes provides Alzheimer’s care to our senior Residents every day. Our caregivers support seniors as they forget how to do activities they once loved. We offer resources for family members who witness the drawn-out loss of loved ones who no longer recognize them.

The Glen Campbell documentary offers a unique, and often unseen, look into the wide scope of challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s disease. The “I’ll Be Me” documentary captures Glen’s final year on the road. No one knew how this decision would turn out; if Glen would be able to play, remember the lyrics, and function under the stress of tour. [Source]

Without giving away too much of the story, both Glen’s family and his medical team were astonished at how much the music seemed to benefit his Alzheimer’s care. While some of this may be attributed to his personal drive and determination, it seems that continuing to do what he loved helped Glen maintain some sense of self as his world became unfamiliar. [Source]

What We Can Learn From Glen Campbell’s Story

Although Glenn eventually passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, his story is not a hopeless one. The legacy of his career and music will live on in the hearts of Americans for years to come. His courage and that of his wife and children to share their experience has given the world a unique look into how Alzheimer’s impacts the lives of loved ones.

For those who provide Alzheimer’s care for a loved one or as a vocation, you are not alone. Feeling sad, lost, angry, and helpless are all legitimate. Finding care assistance for your loved one or participating in local support groups may help you deal with the grief of slowly losing someone to Alzheimer’s disease.

For those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or are close to someone who has, continue to do what you love. For Glen Campbell, he was still able to play the guitar even after his memory and verbal skills diminished, causing him to forget the lyrics to songs he had performed for 4 or 5 decards.

Continuing an active lifestyle surrounded by loved ones and those who provide Alzheimer’s care can help those battling the disease. This can mean maintaining hobbies like playing an instrument, knitting, reading, and taking walks. As the disease progresses, simply listening to favorite music can provide comfort.

What we can learn most from the Glen Campbell story is a breakthrough attitude about Alzheimer’s disease. Kim Campbell continues to share her insights on caregiving, particular what it is like to provide Alzheimer’s care for a spouse. She stresses the importance of caring for yourself and knowing when to reach out for help.

ComfortCare Homes proudly offers expert Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Wichita, KS. We are happy to speak with you about your care options and any resources you and your loved one may need. Continue to check our blog for updates and contact us with any questions!

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Speaker Spotlight: Kim Campbell and CareLiving

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 7:23:30 AM
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An inspiring, honest presentation for those impacted by Alzheimer’s or dementia

Coming up on November 2nd, the 6th Annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia will feature a variety of educational breakout sessions and presentations. There will be two keynote speakers, Vallerie Gleason and Kim Campbell, each using their unique journeys and experiences with Alzheimer’s disease to educate participants.

This event is open to the public and medical professionals, nurses, administrators, adult home care operators, family members, caregivers, and adults in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia are encouraged to attend.

Want to learn more about this year’s Kansas Education Conference on Dementia? Read our blog, with complete event details and registration by clicking here!

Get to Know Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell was married to legendary country music star Glen Campbell for 25 years. Glenn was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. After his diagnosis, Glenn and his family decided to share their battle with the disease with film makers. The documentary “Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me” follows Kim, Glenn, and their 3 adult children on Glenn’s Goodbye Tour. [Source]

Kim remained by Glenn’s side throughout the entire tour, being a caregiver for Glenn and watching as Alzheimer’s changed her family’s life forever. In August of 2017, Glenn passed away. During her time as her husband’s caregiver and since his passing, Kim has dedicated herself to educating people about Alzheimer’s disease and the role of caregivers.

In her lifestyle and social movement guide CareLiving.org, Kim strives to improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. She is an advocate for self-care and, based on personal experience, offers honest advice for caregivers of all types. Kim knows the importance of caring for yourself while caring for others, in particular a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Kim has received many awards and accolades for her contributions to the Alzheimer’s research and caregiver communities. She has been named an honorary faculty member of the University of Maryland Baltimore, providing an essential connection between a leading research university and the practical experience of senior service leaders across the nation. [Source]

Resources for Alzheimer’s or Dementia Caregivers

The 6th Annual Kansas Education Conference on  Dementia is open to caregivers, family members, and those with dementia. The devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease can impact everyone in the family, not just the spouse or partner. Insights from conference speakers like Kim Campbell can offer unique insights and tips.

If you are not sure the conference is for you, don’t worry. ComfortCare Homes will be posting weekly blogs and recaps of conference events. Simply check back with the “Alzheimer’s Care Updates” to receive weekly articles and resources.

If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia and are searching for help, consider ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS. ComfortCare Homes offers a variety of memory care services for seniors in a residential setting. Truly a home experience, CareGivers care for Residents as if they are a member of their own families.

For more information about our caregiver training or senior care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Why I Walk – Maurita Hassler

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 6:17:13 PM
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Maurita is a Professional CareGiver who works with Residents and their families. Here’s her story:

For seven years I have worked and given care with people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is such a sad disease, not only for those going through it, but for the family members who care for them as well.

I have seen what they all go through not only on good days, but on bad as well. My heart is with them ALWAYS.

Every year we walk! Every year we can only pray that this will be the year to end Alzheimer’s!

Help Maurita by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation. Help us make sure no one walks alone.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333

6th Annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia

Friday, October 6th, 2017 5:24:00 PM
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Learn about this year’s event & how you can participate

The 6th Annual Kansas Education Conference on Dementia is on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Each year this event invites healthcare professionals, care partners, family, friends, and students to attend presentations by Alzheimer’s experts. For those dealing with dementia, both seniors and their families, this event is a wonderful opportunity to not only learn but connect with others experiencing the same challenges.

What is the Kansas Education Conference on Dementia?

This annual conference brings together local professionals, families, students, and adults dealing with dementia to learn from one another. This event provides a unique opportunity for the Alzheimer’s community to come together to learn about recent clinical research updates, caregiving strategies, advocacy activities, and mores.

The day features two keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions. Topics vary and participants can attend breakout sessions that interest them most. For some, this may be topics such as cutting-edge research and Alzheimer’s trial opportunities while others may want to know more about local care facilities and senior programs.

Continuing education opportunities are available for nurses, administrators, and operators of adult care homes. Certificates of attendance can be provided to those who pre-register for the conference. Comfort Care Homes of Wichita is proud to attend the event as a renewed dedication to ongoing education.

Keynote Speakers

This year, the Kansas Education Conference on Dementia is proud to welcome Vallerie L. Gleason as a keynote speaker. Vallerie is a Registered Nurse who has worked in healthcare since 1975 and is currently the CEO and Board President of Newton Medical Center. Drawing from her nursing and hospital administration background, Vallerie will be speaking about the importance of community and teamwork for dementia care.

Kim Campbell, the wife of former country music star Glen Campbell, will be featured as the second keynote speaker. Her husband Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and passed away earlier this year from the disease. Her inspirational presentation will explore her personal journey as a caregiver, including many often overlooked subjects related to caregiving. She is gracious, engaging, and boldly honest about the devastating toll the Alzheimer’s can have.

Learn More!

If you or a loved one are dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, this conference is for you. Not only is the Kansas Education Conference on Dementia an incredible educational opportunity, it is also a chance to truly connect with others facing similar challenges. Family members and family caregivers can register for a discounted rate and standard pricing is available through October 25th.

If you would like to learn more or register online, please visit the official registration website here. For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas Chapter by calling (800) 272-3900.

Comfort Care Homes will continue to post information about the event and recap speakers after the conference has ended. If you are unable to attend, simply check back with the Comfort Care Homes “Alzheimer’s Care Updates” blog for complete conference information.

 

For more information about our caregiver training or senior care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Why I Walk – Sheryll Lathrop McClenny

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 7:50:12 PM
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Sheryll is a family member of one of our Residents. Read her story to find out why she walks to end Alzheimer’s disease:

I walk for Alzheimer’s for those that can’t.

Our family lost our mother to Alzheimer’s in 2009 after a three year battle. This disease robbed her of dignity and memory.

In 2016 our father, who cared for our beautiful mom with love and kindness till the very end, was diagnosed with this horrible diagnosis. At 92, we watch as we lose him bit by bit and know the outcome.

So I support and walk where they and so many, many others cannot.

How could I not?

Help Sheryll by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation. Help us make sure no one walks alone.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333

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