Health and Fitness
February 3, 2015
According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's, and every 68 seconds another person is diagnosed with the disease. Unless a cure is found, the number of people living with Alzheimer's is expected to triple by 2050. Kim and Ashley Campbell, wife and daughter of legendary country musician Glen Campbell, are on a crusade to raise awareness about the devastating disease that has taken over the life of their beloved husband and father with the making of the documentary "I'll Be Me." Residents, staff and guests of The Buckingham senior living community were joined by Kim and Ashley Campbell for a special meet and greet and screening of the critically acclaimed movie, which is a powerful portrait of the life and career of the great American music icon. The movie was screened at Studio Movie Grill CityCentre and a special Q&A with Kim and Ashley took place immediately following the screening of the movie.
"This movie is so powerful," said Cathy Lightfoot, director of sales and marketing at The Buckingham. "It is challenging to be the caregiver for a spouse or family member with Alzheimer's. Kim and Ashley show amazing strength and courage in the film as they help Glen with his journey dealing with this devastating disease."
The Oscar- and Grammy-nominated movie opens the viewer to the world of the singular talent who created hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman" and "Gentle on My Mind." Winner of a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Campbell was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians.
In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Campbell and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short "Goodbye Tour," but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant, nationwide, 151-show tour de force.
This epic human drama of the undying bond between Glen and Kim and their unwavering caring for each other chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. "Glen Campbellâ€¦I'll Be Me" is the true tale of how, against all odds, America's greatest country star would not give up his music or his family.
The film features those who know and love Campbell, including Bruce Springsteen,
Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen's most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold-out venues on a star-spangled journey spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.
ABOUT THE BUCKINGHAM
The Buckingham, a Masterpiece Living community, is Houston's premier life care senior living community located in the heart of the Memorial neighborhood. Situated on a 17-acre site along Buffalo Bayou at 8580 Woodway Drive, The Buckingham offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site at The Plaza at The Buckingham. The community features 205 independent living residences; 42 private assisted living apartments; 16 private memory support apartments; and 60 private skilled nursing suites.
The Buckingham is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information visit www.buckinghamhouston.com, or call (832) 426-1372.
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