Alzheimer’s disease is something that affects over five million Americans – and millions a lot of all across the globe. The illness might not be very painful for the ones who are diagnosed with it. However, it could be exhausting for the families of the patients.
Ted McDermott was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. Day by day he was losing his memory. His son Mac was not ready to give up against the circumstances. Hence, he came up with an idea that would bring his father back at for a few moments.
Music has perpetually been Ted’s passion. He traveled the UK in his younger days, singing at clubs and venues where he might. However, as he aged, got married, had youngsters and his memory began to fade, it got difficult to perform.
Although he might have partially lost his skills currently, Mac explained that music still roars in his heart.
“Dad was a singer all his life – he was a Butlin’s Redcoat and then traveled around singing in clubs around the country. He worked in a factory after he got married and still did the bit of singing on side. His nickname is ‘The Songaminute Man’ – simply because of how many songs he knows.
In the last few years his memory has deteriorated a lot – often not recognizing family and with many aggressive episodes.”
Mack wanted to keep his father’s spirit alive. Hence, he came up with this brilliant idea!
When Mac realizes his father is cognizant, he activates a few of his favorite tunes and begins to sing. As he sings, his father recognizes the tune and joins along. These little moments of joy keep Mac motivated and helps his father cope with the difficult time.
“Now when we’ve got him singing again he’s back in the room. It’s these moments that we treasure.
The plan is to share as much of Dad’s singing as we can and hopefully help raise money to fund the work of the Alzheimer’s Society – more specifically to go towards paying for a person at the end of the phone line to help other people like us.”
Now Mac and Ted record their singing sessions. They pray their journey of bonding through music will inspire others to assist those with Alzheimer’s address the symptoms. They have started a JustGiving page to raise money for Ted to create his own music album. They have declared that they’ll donate 25% of the share for the research of Alzheimer’s.
Life might not perpetually be simple for this duo; however, they have the support of each other. They would continue creating Alzheimer’s awareness and unharness the songs that bring the thrill back to Ted’s soul!
Watch Ted rekindling his passion for music below: