Glen Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, wanted to end his 50+ year career in the music business on his own terms. This process is documented in heartbreaking detail in James Keach’s new film “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. Since Campbell entered a full-time Alzheimer’s facility in 2014, he will not be able to perform his song at this year’s Oscars on February 22nd, so country music star Tim McGraw has stepped up to sing it in his stead.
Quick Facts (courtesy alz.org):
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
- Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease.
- In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.
- Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.
- There are approximately 500,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer’s.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
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Here’s the trailer for the movie, and the video of the song is below (Kleenex recommended):