VIRAL: Son uses carpool karaoke to help father with Alzheimer’s

  • A son used carpool karaoke to calm his father who has Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Simon McDermott said that his father, Ted, was a singer in his younger days
  • Whenever his father gets confused, he’d take him out for a drive and put on the music
  • Their video singing  Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Quando, Quando’ became viral online

Recently a video of a man and his father’s carpool karaoke singing Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Quando, Quando’ became viral online.

At first, it looks like an ordinary carpool karaoke of a father and son, but the story behind will touch our hearts.

80-year-old Ted McDermott was a singer and performer in his younger years. He was a Butlin’s Redcoat and he traveled performing in clubs across the United Kingdom. Back then, he was nicknamed “The Songaminute Man” for the sheer quantity of tracks he knew by heart. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2013.

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. Until now, there is no cure and no treatment that slows or stops its progression and that is why families who are taking care of loved ones with this disease find it difficult to deal with especially when symptoms such as memory loss and mood swings kick in.

Ted’s son, Simon found a great way to calm his father whenever he becomes confused – carpool karaoke.

The Mirror  quoted him as saying in an interview with “Good Morning Britain: “Dad’s confused, he’s started to forget who I am, and my mum as well but since we’ve been doing the music he’s a lot happier, enjoying life a lot more.”

According to an article published by CBS News, carpool karaoke became a thing for them.

“Anytime my dad started to get confused, I’d take him out for a drive and I’d put on the music. He’d become himself again. And afterward, he’d be a lot happier. It’s given him a sense of purpose really. It’s given him a focus. He’s very confused these days, so the music really helps,” Simon said

Well, it seems that Ted hasn’t forgotten his love for music.

As seen on the video, he’s having a really good time.

Watch their video here.