BAFTA award winning actress Vicky McClure meets scientists exploring pioneering techniques and cutting edge scanning technology in order to reveal how music can stimulate a brain damaged by dementia. To find out more, visit the BBC programme page.
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Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure
Discover the extent of music’s ability to combat dementia, as Vicky forms a choir of people all living with dementia.
Available on BBC iPlayerBBC Two on Tuesday
14th May 2019 at 12:15AM
Vicky and her mum cared for Vicky’s grandmother through her dementia and saw first-hand how singing and music calmed her. Now, she’s joining forces with some of the country’s leading experts measure the emotional and physical responses of Vicky's choir, as they prepare to put on a major performance.
Vicky starts the search for choir members, meeting people with different types of dementia and at different stages. One of the first to join is former woodwork teacher Chris, whose frontotemperal dementia is leading to increasingly disinhibited behaviour. The youngest member is 31 year old Dan (pictured right) who was diagnosed with a rare form of genetic Alzheimer’s two years ago. Dan’s father died at 36, though at the time no one realised why. There’s a risk that Dan’s young twins will have inherited the faulty gene and Dan seizes the opportunity to take part in a cutting-edge experiment hoping it will help find a cure in the future.
- Episode Two
In an exclusive interview, Vicky McClure discusses her personal experience with dementia and what she hopes people watching will take away from the series:
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