“For many of my neurological patients, music is even more—it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”
– oliver sacks
Glen’s wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell, says, “When Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, he didn't stop making music; in fact, he went on tour. Music brought him joy, meaning, and purpose. His doctors had no doubt that his persistence in the musical arena helped to preserve intellectual functioning far longer than would have been expected. In the end, music lifted our spirits and gave us ways to connect with Glen when words could no longer reach him. Music also helped me manage the crushing depression of losing my husband to Alzheimer’s.”
The Kim & Glen Campbell Foundation is now advancing the use of music as medicine to alleviate depression, manage behaviors, and boost the immune system. Music has been shown to improve cognition and alter the brain chemistry associated with well-being and stress reduction. Research indicates that music can often augment or reduce the need for pharmacological interventions and improve the quality of life for people with cognitive impairment as well as their caregivers.