Today is World Alzheimers Day and what better day to show you this amazing man. Teddy Mac has had Alzheimers since 2013 and here’s a bit of his story from the website. Song a minute man
Dad was a singer throughout his life – he was a Butlin’s Redcoat and then travelled around singing in clubs around the country. He worked in a factory when he got married and did the occasional bit of singing on the side. His nickname is The Songaminute Man – simply because of how many songs he knows.
Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2013. He can no longer recognise his family or where he is. It’s a devastating illness. To calm Dad down from the regular bursts of aggression and confusion, I used to take him out for a drive in the car around Blackburn and the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, playing his old backing tracks. Dad always sang along and it was in these brief moments that he would be back to his old self.
His son went on to record him singing and the clip went viral. Have a watch and you’ll see why.
He’s gone on to raise £150,000 to support the National Dementia Helpline and TalkingPoint – telephone and online services which provide help and advice for families living and caring for someone with dementia.
Today The Songaminuteman has released an album which can be bought here.
Alzheimers is a subject close to my heart. If I ever get my fiction book finished and published you’ll know why. But for now, how about treating yourself or someone else to the album and help support a fantastic and much-needed cause.