We know that music plays a powerful role in memory care, and here was a true icon who carried his music with him throughout his life, including his battle with Alzheimer's.
Hawthorne, NJ (PRWEB) November 27, 2017
Van Dyk Health Care will host a groundbreaking town hall forum, Alzheimer's: The Caregiver’s Greatest Test, Thursday, November 30 at 7pm in Hawthorne. Kim Campbell, wife of music legend Glen Campbell and leading advocate for Alzheimer’s caregivers, will headline the event.
Kim Campbell's personal journey as Glen’s caregiver has inspired millions of families who battle this devastating illness. This meaningful town hall forum - marking the final day of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month - will focus on the unique physical, emotional and psychological challenges facing caregivers.
"We wanted to do something special for all the amazing caregivers in our community," said Robert Van Dyk, CEO of Van Dyk Health Care. "Try walking a mile in the shoes of an Alzheimer’s caregiver. There are so many questions to explore, and it takes courage to answer them. These caregivers are true heroes, and Kim Campbell is one of them. She is the perfect choice to lead this important conversation with our community."
The event will be held this Thursday at 7pm at Van Dyk Health Care at Park Place, located at 644 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ. Admission and valet parking are free. General seating begins at 6:15pm. The event will include a reception at 8:15pm for guests to have a photo opportunity with Kim Campbell, as well as enjoy pastries and refreshments. RSVPs are required (973-636-7000 or vandykhealthcare.com/kimcampbell).
Glen Campbell, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. Glen and Kim confronted the disease openly with the entire nation as shown in the touching documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. They were married for 35 years until Glen's passing in August of 2017.
"I remember watching the premiere of the I'll Be Me documentary, and I was so impressed with how they gave Alzheimer's the attention that it deserves" said Van Dyk, who was recently named the recipient of the 2017 Jan Thayer Pioneer Award by the National Center for Assisted Living for his leadership and contributions to the senior care profession nationwide. "We know that music plays a powerful role in memory care, and here was a true icon who carried his music with him throughout his life, including his battle with Alzheimer's."
Bob and Elizabeth Van Dyk co-founded Van Dyk Family Wines to honor the old vines of society and raise money for Alzheimer’s and memory care nonprofits. Their inaugural wines, the 2010 Dignity (Cabernet Sauvignon) and the 2011 Respect (Chardonnay), were named in support of their motto of "Celebrating Our Elderly with Dignity and Respect."
According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. This number could rise as high as 16 million Americans by 2050. Alzheimer's New Jersey reports that over 500,000 people in the Garden State are impacted by the disease.
About Van Dyk Health Care
Van Dyk Health Care, founded in 1953, has built an unsurpassed reputation for excellence in senior care, spanning three generations of family caring for family. Under the leadership of CEO Robert Van Dyk for over 20 years and an award-winning staff, it remains one of the top care providers in the nation, dedicated to finding solutions to better health and quality of life throughout New Jersey. The company offers a full continuum of care services with two nursing and post-acute care facilities in Ridgewood and Montclair, an assisted living community in Hawthorne, a home care company and a memory day care center. Van Dyk Health Care works with partnering hospitals and physicians to ensure its short-stay patients return home quickly and safely. The company received the 2017 Top Workplace award by North Jersey Media Group, the 2017 Women’s Choice Award and America's Best Nursing Home in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more at vandykhealthcare.com.
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