Alzheimer's Sufferer is Warming Hearts with his Beautiful Voice

An elderly man with Alzheimer's Disease has drawn in thousands of fans after his son filmed him singing in the car.

British man Mac McDermott was struggling to take care of his dad, Ted, whose Alzheimer's Disease was taking a serious toll on his mood and relationships.

"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," Mac wrote online.

"In the last few years his memory has deteriorated a lot - often not recognising me as his son. It's a horrible illness."

However, with the help of Alzheimer's Society UK, Mac took a leaf out of James Corden's book and started getting him to sing in the car.

"When we've got him singing again he's back in the room," Mac marvelled. "It's these moments that we treasure."

Mac started sharing the videos online under his dad's old nickname, The Songaminute Man. 

"Dad was a singer all his life. He was a Butlin's Redcoat and then travelled around singing in clubs around the country," Mac said.

"He worked in a factory after he got married and still did the bit of singing on the side. His nicnkame is The Songaminute Man - simply because of how many songs he knows."

Through sharing the videos, Mac hopes his father's plight will help draw attention to Alzheimer's Disease, and encourage people to donate to the Alzheimer's Society via his crowdfunding page.

So far it's worked with Mac raising over £110,200 ($193,769), and attracting more than 166,000 followers to his Facebook page.

Ted turned 80 last week and continues to win hearts with his beautiful voice.

September is Dementia Awareness Month, so now is the time to give a hand to sufferers and their families.

Recently, scientists discovered a breakthrough treatment that could potentially help reduce Alzheimer's in patients.

With the help of an antibody, scientists found they were able to clear all the toxins that affect the brain of a person with Alzheimer's, slowing the effects of the disease.

Alzheimer’s Australia is encouraging people to find out more about dementia during Dementia Awareness Month 2016. This will help to break down the stigma and misconceptions associated with the condition, so people living with dementia feel less isolated and alone.

To find out more, call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 or visit fightdementia.org.au and learn about becoming more dementia aware.

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