Alzheimer’s disease is something that affects over 5 million Americans – and millions more all across the world. Not only is the disease debilitating to those diagnosed with it, but it can also be frustrating and draining for family members and loved ones.
Unfortunately for Ted McDermott and the rest of the McDermott family, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago. Each day his memory and temperament gets a little worse, but his son Mac found something that brings his father back – if only for a minute at a time….
Music has always been Ted’s passion. He traveled the United Kingdom in his younger days, singing at clubs and venues wherever he could. But as he aged, got married, had children and his memory began to fade, it got harder and harder to perform.
Although the professional acts may be over now, Mac explained that song 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.”