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November 4, 2014

Last month I attended the 2014 LeadingAge annual meeting and conference in Nashville. Based in Washington D.C., LeadingAge is the national trade association and advocacy organization for communities and services for the aging. I’m privileged to serve on its board.

A highlight of this year’s conference was the debut screening of the movie, Glen Campbell – I’ll Be Me, about the singer and his family’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease. This powerful movie contains “teachable moments” that all families dealing with dementia will face. A moving scene in the film shows Glen’s physician at the Mayo Clinic breaking the news of his diagnosis to Glen and his wife, Kim. Along with Kim, Glen’s children and his band – even his bus driver – are involved in caregiving support. It’s also amazing to watch Glen’s kids perform with him.

Glen Campbell – I’ll Be Me will now go into distribution. We will be partnering with our state association, LeadingAge Connecticut, and the Alzheimer’s Association to promote screenings around the state. Our goal: to raise more awareness and understanding of this all-too-common and heartbreaking disease.​

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