My dad was my rock and my inspiration, but when he began experiencing dementia from Alzheimer’s, he became a patient and I his personal support worker.
For the next year and a half, I became exhausted trying to manage it – especially the emotional toll as Daddy no longer recognized me and often became hostile toward the ‘stranger’ I’d become. Then I found the Alzheimer Society of Canada. And that changed my life. Beckles’ Bandstand is my way of raising awareness of the amazing work this organization does.
When your back is up against the wall as a caregiver to someone with dementia, the Alzheimer Society provides counselling, various resources, and a sympathetic ear when there’s no one else to listen. For me, knowing that I had people I could call on for advice and support saved my life.
After Daddy died, I knew I wanted to give back to the organization that had made such a difference to us.
I am a musician, as was my dad. When I was caring for him, I often used music to wake him, to calm him and to lift his spirits. Now, with help from family and friends, I’ve created Beckles’ Bandstand in his honour.
This nationwide music event is designed to benefit local Alzheimer's chapters across Canada. On World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st, 2021, musicians from across the country will come together online to showcase Canadian music and support their local Alzheimer chapter. All proceeds from the streamed concert will go to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, which will then distribute the funds to local chapters.
My idea of putting on a fundraising music event felt like a perfect response to my experience with Alzheimer’s and the Alzheimer Society. Your donation will go directly to Humanity in Music, which will take care of all concert costs like hiring the musicians and producing the online video.
For your donation of $10 or more, you can be part of getting Beckles’ Bandstand off the ground so the project can produce the concert and raise much-needed funds for the Alzheimer Society. Plus you’ll receive a download of my album Remember Me, which I wrote for my dad and the journey we took together. Have a listen to the album’s first song - “Sentimental” https://youtu.be/Faxc1GAuvYs
Want to learn more? Here’s a link to a short doc about my dad, the music and the cause: https://youtu.be/pJO2t2XOPDU
And here’s a word from the CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto: https://youtu.be/tVzDxRHcfJ0
My personal experience with Alzheimer’s was filled with many failures, battles, sleepless nights, heavy lifting and more. But I had help. I had the Alzheimer Society.
Please donate and help us make this World Alzheimer’s Day event possible.
Thanks for your support!
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