80 year old Ted McDermott may seem like an unlikely internet star but that's exactly what he has become. His voice has managed to touch the hearts of thousands of dementia carers after his son Simon began posting videos of their carpool karaoke singing sessions together.
Ted's memory has deteriorated greatly since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2013, but singing says Simon "gets him back in the room".
Simon set up Facebook page The Songaminute Man to share videos of his dad, who got the nickname because of how many songs he knows, and the reception they have received has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Check out their version of Quando Quando Quando below.... its bound to bring a smile to your face!
Intending to share his Dad's singing with a few friends and family, Simon explained his motivation for filming, when he wrote on his Just Giving page...
“I’m fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society because of the advice they’ve given us in the last few years. Without them we would have had very little idea or support about how to deal with even the basics of Dad’s condition.
“The more Alzheimer’s kicked in, the more Dad became violent – both physically and verbally – it was incredibly difficult to manage. And terrifying at times.”
He explains that his dad used to be a Butlins Redcoat and then travelled around singing in clubs around the country. After he got married and began working in a factory he continued to sing on the side.
“In the last few years his memory has deteriorated a lot – often not recognising me as his son. Its a horrible illness. However, 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 it will 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 phoneline to help other people like us.”
The reaction the videos have received has been amazing and reminds us of the joy that moments together can bring. From an initial target of £1,000 their Just Giving page has generated, at the time I write this, an incredible £108,025!
Here at Local Dementia Guide we wish them continued success, and look forward to some more great singing!