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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Campbell's wife defends care move

Published 20/06/2014 | 03:57

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Singer Glen Campbell during his Goodbye Tour in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012 (AP)

Glen Campbell's wife has defended her decision to place the veteran country music star in long-term care.

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Breaking her silence over the issue following criticism from Campbell's eldest daughter, Kim Campbell said the 78-year-old singer's Alzheimer's disease had progressed to the point where he needed full-time professional care.

She said doctors persuaded her earlier this spring to discontinue care at the family's home, a move which angered Campbell's daughter Debby.

"It is crushingly sad to see him afflicted with Alzheimer's but indulging those feelings does not help him," Kim Campbell said, adding: "I am his wife and no one wants him home more than me but I must do what is in his best interest."

Debby Campbell told Country Weekly magazine last week that she objected to the move and that she and Campbell's eldest children heard about it through news media reports.

She also said she did not believe family members in Nashville, Tennessee, where the Country Music Hall of Fame member now lives, were spending enough time with him.

Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011and following the diagnosis, issued two albums and went on a world tour.

At the time, Kim Campbell said the tour was a way to help her husband combat the brain-ravaging disease and spend time with his family members, including Debby, who made up his band and travelled with him.

Campbell has eight children, including three with Kim, his wife of 32 years. She says she spends time with her husband every day and that two of his children who live in Nashville visit weekly. Beyond that, she says she organises activities for the Grammy Award-winning singer of such hits as Rhinestone Cowboy and Wichita Lineman.

"He has long-time friends here in Nashville who come to play music for him and give him hugs," she said.

"He has activities and therapies to stimulate him and help him experience daily moments of success. His life is filled with love and laughter and he is being cared for round the clock by people who specialise in Alzheimer's care and happen to adore him."

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