Glen Campbell to play farewell tour due to Alzheimer’s disease

Alan Wu

June 30, 2011

Glen Campbell, a country music star, who has been performing for more than 40 years, recently announced that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. When the 75-year-old made the announcement in an interview with People Magazine, he also revealed that he would be producing one more album and then embarking on a farewell tour while the disease is still in the early stages.

"As the rock and roll generation have gotten older, people have retired for wear-and-tear reasons…but I don't think I've heard of this before," Bob Harris, a BBC Radio country music host, told The Guardian.

The "Rhinestone Cowboy" is one of 5.4 million people who a living with dementia in the United States. As the illness develops, individuals will begin to lose their memory, cognitive reasoning skills and mobility, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Personal emergency response systems can provide security that if a dementia patient suffers an injury they can send a medical alert to a response team, even if they cannot reach a phone.

The U.K. Alzheimer's believes that Campbell's announcement will spread awareness about dementia, and they strongly support his decision to reveal his condition.