Glen Campbell serenades Congress at Alzheimer’s event

From USA Today:

“Ashley Campbell has the dream of any young musician: to belong to a band making a worldwide tour. Yet her dream has a sad twang to it. Her father is singer Glen Campbell, who went public last June with his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Glen Campbell takes the stage with daughter Ashley at the Library of Congress in Washington for Wednesday night's performance, hosted by the Alzheimer's Association.

Glen Campbell takes the stage with daughter Ashley at the Library of Congress in Washington for Wednesday night’s performance, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Glen Campbell takes the stage with daughter Ashley at the Library of Congress in Washington for Wednesday night’s performance, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Campbell, 75, has spent the past year trying to raise awareness about the disease, an incurable, brain-wasting illness that affects 5.4 million people in the USA. That number is expected to triple as the Baby Boomers age.

Ashley Campbell, 25, and two of her siblings have joined their dad onstage as his backup band during his Goodbye Tour. The band was back together here Wednesday night at the Library of Congress for a special performance for members of Congress, put on by the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness about the disease.

“I think music is therapeutic for him,” says Ashley, who plays banjo in the band. “He’s definitely sharper when he’s on tour than if he’s sitting home or playing golf. That’s when I see him slipping. But if he can put that guitar in his hands and use his fingers to pick music, he’s much better…”

Read the complete article:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-05-16/glen-campbell-alzheimers-event/55029102/1

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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