Kim credits her husband’s love of music with preventing his dementia from progressing quickly.
“The doctors say that because Glen continued to do music it probably helped him plateau in the early and middle stages longer than he otherwise would have,” she said. “It soothed him when he’d get upset, which is a great thing.”
Even before Glen was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, Kim was taking care of him all day long. He started following her everywhere she went, even if it was circling the pool 15 times or hopping into the shower with her.
Although the constant shadowing was irritating, the diagnosis helped Kim become more patient and understanding.
“Once I knew that he had Alzheimer’s everything started making sense,” she said. “And that fills you with compassion when you can understand it.”
Still, the role of a caregiver isn’t an easy one, and she wanted to let others in her position know they were not alone.
“I want to let people know that there’s hope out there. There’s help out there. They don’t have to do this alone,” she explained. “They can’t do it alone. It will take you down.”