Alzheimer’s is a tragic disease affecting millions of families all over the globe. In a recent article published by the Huffington Post, Simon and his father Ted McDermott, are raising money to promote Alzheimer’s awareness in a new and creative way; they’re singing karaoke in their car.
The dynamic duo began their efforts back in June by filming themselves singing classics like “Quando, Quando, Quando”, “On The Street Where You Live”, and “Volare”. The two not only make a rather handsome pair but are getting a great deal of attention for their vocal abilities as well. Ted was once known by his nickname Songaminute Man, and according to the article he used to travel all over the United Kingdom singing at various clubs in his earlier years. Even after he got married and settled down to work at a factory, Ted continued to belt out hs favorite tunes. Simon claims that when his dad sings, he “comes back to him” and seems to be reinvigorated by the music.
Upon learning of his father’s diagnosis, Simon felt the need to contribute to the cause of raising awareness of the disease and promoting additional research to help find a cure. On his fundraising page, he explains that he felt particularly compelled to join the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Society’s efforts. He writes “Without them, we would have had very little idea or support about how to deal with even the basics of Dad’s condition”.
There has been a great deal of research supporting claims like Simon’s. It is widely recommended that patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia in which the memory or sense of awareness is affected, that loved ones use former hobbies, old photographs, or former routines to help stimulate the patient’s memory. In many cases, it has been recorded that Alzheimer’s patients have experienced increased functionality and awareness with the introduction of these methods.
If you would like to view the original article in its entirety or see a video of Simon and Ted crooning a few of the classics, you can do so by clicking here. There you will also find a link to Simon’s fundraising page where you will be able to make a contribution if you wish.