Ted McDermott was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and over time, his memories and personality began to deteriorate. His son Mac began to take a look at ways to help his father’s memory and decided he needed to do something to help his father relive again.
Knowing that his father had a massive passion for music, and had spent some time in his younger years singing in clubs all throughout the United Kingdom.
“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.”
He realized that his father recognizes his favorite tunes and begins singing when these songs come on.
“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.”
While each day can bring on a new struggle for the pair, they’ve begun to record their singing sessions together. They’re working on raising money for Alzheimer’s research through crowdfunding, and they are working on creating an album together as well.
The terrible disease affects so many people across the globe, and while McDermott is still struggling with the day to day, they’ve found a way to bring their family together through little moments.