Alzheimer’s and Teddy Mac, The Songaminute Man

by Jan Simpson Benvenuti

Simon ‘Mac’ McDermott did what any good son would do when his father’s aggressive behavior from Alzheimer’s disease seemed impossible to manage. He reached out to the National Dementia Helpline in the UK for guidance. Thankful for the kindness of the woman on the end of the telephone line, Simon turned to Facebook, hoping to raise $100,000 to support the Alzheimer’s Society. Simon had discovered that singing brought “his father back,” his musical memory unaffected after a lifetime spent as a nightclub singer. Nicknamed The Songaminute Man, Teddy Mac knew hundreds of songs by heart. Simon recorded carpool karaoke of the duo singing the old bossa nova hit “Quando, Quando, Quando” and watched his post go viral, reaching 40 million viewers, raising nearly $200,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

To keep his dad engaged, Simon posted other videos of his Dad’s favorite songs on Facebook, generating a following inspired by his singing. Decca Records offered Teddy Mac a recording contract, and his first single has just been released, a recording of Frank Sinatra’s, “You Make Me Feel So Young.” Follow this story on their Facebook page and consider purchasing Teddy Mac’s single. All proceeds will be split between the Alzheimer’s Society and Teddy Mac. Let’s insure that the family has enough resources to support him along his journey with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Listen, enjoy, and donate.

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