Alzheimer's claims the Rhinestone Cowboy

  1. The death of singer, performer Glenn Campbell was announced on Tuesday. He died after having experienced Alzheimer's disease for some time. While I wasn't a biggy GC fan, I did enjoy his music.

    Just a sad reminder that illness is an no respecter of fame or fortune - everyone is fair game!

    Some short time ago, I had watched a PBS special re his travails dealing with Alz. While the show was geared to the general viewing public, its intention was to highlight the disease's progress and its impact on GC and others. VERY interesting.

    Things that folk who freq work with Alz pts could recognize. His wife's story of how her life was changed and still changing was quite poignant.

    He still was performing selectively so to see that man just light up on the stage when he sang was awesome. He would forget some words and repeat a song section, but he was phenomenal. Performing kept him focused to stave off the disease as long as poss.

    The statistics re Alz are frightening. And sobering. For pts and caregivers.

    RIP
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   toomuchbaloney
    I'm old. Most of my friends are old. A good friend was really starting to have some memory and cognitive problems last year. He seriously was concerned that he had a dementia.

    Turns out he needed to stop taking his Lipitor.
  4. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    amoLu, I saw that show, and it gave me goosebumps!
    Did you know he could also play BAGPIPES?! I heard and saw him do that online somewhere. Pretty awesome.
  5. by   toomuchbaloney
    Want he a self taught musician who couldn't read music?
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    I watched the CNN special "I'll Be Me" a few nights ago and yes, amazing performances where music was still at the forefront of his ability and yet, he struggled in other ways.

    I loved the music - the last song he recorded was this:

    Glen Campbell - I'm Not Gonna Miss You - YouTube
  7. by   ajfeit_MSW
    It claimed both of my grandmothers and my maternal grandfather. Like many scourges associated with prolonged lifespans and relative affluence, I've been increasingly convinced that environmental and dietary factors are at work, at least as much as hereditary 'predispositions'.

    It could also be wishful thinking on my part
  8. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from ajfeit_MSW
    It claimed both of my grandmothers and my maternal grandfather. Like many scourges associated with prolonged lifespans and relative affluence, I've been increasingly convinced that environmental and dietary factors are at work, at least as much as hereditary 'predispositions'.

    It could also be wishful thinking on my part
    I suspect you are correct. Inflammation is very likely involved in some way just like it is with cardiovascular plaque.
  9. by   azhiker96
    Loved Glenn Campbell's music. Sorry he has passed away.

    Funny thing at work. Another nurse and I were talking about Glenn's death. End stage of Alzheimer's is not a pretty thing. Our conversation was about when/how to choose an exit rather than wait for aspiration, air hunger, etc. A young volunteer (premed) was listening to us in amazement. He said, "You guys have put a lot of thought into this." Yes, I guess we have since we are much closer to that end of our lives than he.
  10. by   toomuchbaloney
    Many of us have long mused that our fear of death and grief cause us to subject our loved ones to end of life suffering that we spare or pets.
  11. by   herring_RN
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    Want he a self taught musician who couldn't read music?
    No.
    He was session musician. My Dad also did that.
    The musicians are paid very well for their skills.
    A small few have rare skills. They would only be called when their particular style is needed.

    Most work for movie studios and studios for recording music for CD/digital, and such.
    For movie work they must sight read perfectly. If one makes a mistake they don't get called again because studio time is expensive.
    These are union jobs. About 20 years ago was the last my Dad did a studio gig. He was making $300.00 an hour. They get paid for four hours even if they work just a fraction of that.

    My Dad met him when he played guitar as a studio musician. He came in, found his seat, and played the music in frond of him. That was before he sang on a recording.

    Do You Have What it Takes to be a Session Musician?

    Become a Session Musician | Job Description & Salary

    movie studio musicians - Google Search
  12. by   toomuchbaloney
    Thanks for giving me the info that I was too lazy to look up myself.

    There have been several professional musicians in my family, from old time big band sort of thing to rock and roll guitar. Lots of casual music lovers, like myself, who play instruments without particular skill but with great enthusiasm.
  13. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    Many of us have long mused that our fear of death and grief cause us to subject our loved ones to end of life suffering that we spare or pets.
    Yeah, I'm not a death-fearing person, though some think that odd and it makes them uncomfortable. I want no useless, torturous, expensive prolonging, with the thought that "it might work" or "he/she looks like they feel a little better today, don't you think?"
    Sure, and any minute they will get up and sing, "Life is a Cabaret!"
  14. by   toomuchbaloney
    I'm nota fan of euthanasia, I am more interested in improving symptom management so that the dying don't rush past the last of living to avoid them.

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