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​January 26, 2015

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An Exploration of Campbell’s Life after Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Masonicare recently hosted a special viewing of the acclaimed Glen Campbell film “I’ll Be Me,” on the Masonicare at Ashlar Village campus in Wallingford. The screening was co-sponsored by LeadingAge Connecticut. This heartfelt and emotional film documents the extraordinary journey of the 78-year-old music icon and his family from his first diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 through his final concert tour.

The film, directed and produced by James Keach, who also co-produced the 2005 Johnny Cash biography “Walk the Line,” is currently playing in a handful of theaters across the country. The legendary singer/musician most known for his country hits from the 60’s and 70’s, went public with his diagnosis and announced his retirement with a farewell 151-show tour accompanied by his wife Kim and their three children, also prominently featured in the film. The film’s final song “I’m Not Going to Miss You,” has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

“I’ll Be Me” played to a large audience at Masonicare and put a very public face on a devastating and prevalent disease for which there is no cure. “This story helps people connect to this disease and opens up a conversation about the struggles that families and those affected face day-to-day as the disease progresses,” stated Grace Martha, Memory Care Resource Coordinator for Masonicare. “There is so much we still don’t know about Alzheimer’s disease but what we do know, and what this film is able to so poignantly share, is that it can happen to anyone, even someone like Glen Campbell.” she stated.

A panel discussion with Masonicare staff and experts in Alzheimer’s disease and treatment followed the viewing. Masonicare’s President and CEO Stephen McPherson also in attendance stated, “This is a truly remarkable film and we are honored to host this very special event. The Campbell family showed great courage in bringing their very personal story into the spotlight for the benefit of Alzheimer’s awareness.”

As a leading provider of senior healthcare and residential living, Masonicare offers many services for the treatment of Alzheimer’s including a Geriatric Assessment Program (Pathways), Behavioral Health Services, Memory Care Assisting Living Communities and Adult Day Care, Home Health, Homemaking and Companion Services, and Long-Term Care.

For more information about Masonicare services, please contact the Masonicare HelpLine at 1-888-679-9997. For more information about the film, visit www.glencampbellmovie.com.

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