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Dementia Patient Becomes Chart-Topping Diva At Age 83, Thanks To Viral Sinatra Cover

83-year-old Margaret Mackie has dementia—but she has no problem remembering Frank Sinatra’s popular song “My Way.” And now, because of her singing talent, Mackie’s rendition of “My Way” is climbing the UK music charts.

Mackie and her 31-year-old caregiver Jamie Lee Morley sang the song at their nursing home’s Christmas party last month. She was so incredible that staffers and residents were shocked.

“Her family and friends were there in the audience to witness this moment—and what a moment it was,” says Morley. “For her to get up on stage at her age and have so much courage and fight and sing so beautifully absolutely blew my mind.”

Morley encouraged Mackie to record the song with him at a recording studio and then uploaded it to iTunes. Since it was uploaded, the song has climbed to the #8 spot on UK’s Top 40 Most Popular music chart.

Mackie surpassed Lizzo. So yeah, it’s a big deal.

Since the song costs 79 pence to download, Morley and Mackie are donating all proceeds to Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK.

Morley told the Edinburgh Evening News that the song’s success has been “absolutely incredible.”

“The feeling of getting so much awareness out there and connecting everyone through the power of music is exactly why we recorded the song as a single.”

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi