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    At Alzheimer's Society our research program focuses on improving care for people with dementia today and finding a cure for tomorrow.

    Hannah from our Research Team will be answering your questions on all our research efforts on Tuesday 26 March between 3-4pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

Book Group: The Songaminute Man by Simon McDermott

Discussion in 'Books, film and music' started by HarrietD, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. HarrietD

    HarrietD Administrator
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    This month, Dementia Together magazine's book group is focusing on The Songaminute Man by Simon McDermott. You might be familiar with the YouTube video!

    If you've read it or are planning to, we'd love to hear what you think.

    You can find the book >here<

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    Here's a summary:

    When Simon McDermott first noticed his dad Ted’s sudden flares of temper and fits of forgetfulness, he couldn’t have guessed what lay ahead. Then came the devastating, inevitable diagnosis. As Ted retreated into his own world, Simon and his mum Linda desperately tried to reach him until at last: an idea. Turning the ignition in his mum’s little runaround, Simon hit play on Ted’s favourite song Quando Quando Quando. And like that, they were just two mates driving around Blackburn, singing at the top of their lungs.

    Simon filmed their adventure, uploaded the video to YouTube and woke up to messages, tweets and his phone ringing off the hook. Their carpool karaoke had gone viral all the way across the globe.

    But a record deal, Pride of Britain Awards, over 130,000 raised for The Alzheimer’s Society and a Top 10 single later, Simon was still losing Ted. That’s when he made a decision. His Dad, the storyteller of his childhood and his best friend, couldn’t tell his own story - so Simon would tell it for him. This is that story.

    Set in the heart of the Black Country just before WWII, and written with the help of Ted’s friends and family, The Songaminute Man recalls a boy who became a gutsy and fiercely loyal man. It remembers a childhood of sleeping top-to-toe, rationing, adventure in the woods and making-do-and-mending, a close-knit community, and a lifelong passion for music.

    Full of poignant moments, the ups and downs of family life and treasured memories, The Songaminute Man is a story of two halves: a celebration of the man Ted was, and a powerful and moving account of caring for a loved one.


    Your comments may be included in a future issue of the magazine :)

    Please email any comments to magazine@alzheimers.org.uk
     

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