Vicky McClure: Lack of funding for people affected by dementia is ‘frustrating’

Vicky McClure says the response to her BBC Our Dementia Choir program has been “phenomenal” but the ongoing lack of funding for those affected by the condition is “frustrating”.

The Line of Duty actor, 39, said dementia is “an almost forgotten disease” and she’s “really scared” about struggling with the cost of care and the problems she faces. other current economic issues.

McClure founded the Nottingham-based group in 2019, after her late grandmother Iris was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who taught her the healing power of music.

The documentary next aimed at raising awareness about dementia culminated in a performance in front of 2,000 people at the Royal Nottingham Concert Hall.


McClure founded the Nottingham-based musical group in 2019, after her late grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who taught her the healing power of music (Tim Goode/PA)

“People’s reaction to the TV show has been phenomenal, but it’s also really frustrating because there’s still so little funding for people with dementia,” she told Radio Times, before the show’s next series: Our Dementia Choir Sings Again.

“I wish I could find a cure but I can’t, so my mission is to make noise for people living with dementia.

“Dementia choirs are not only cost-effective, they are scientifically proven to help.”

Our Amnesiac Choir Sings Again will see McClure reunited with members of the choir, as well as some rookies.

The first episode of the new series sees the choir record a charity single at Abbey Road Studios, the first amnesiac choir to do so, is expected to be released around the time the episode airs. .


Vicky McClure (Radio Times/PA)

McClure says that public perception of dementia has been misinterpreted as a condition that affects only older people, indicating that earlier diagnoses are becoming more common.

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She also expressed concern about how caregivers of loved ones with dementia will struggle amid the uncertain UK economy.

“The cost of care for dementia is disproportionate,” she told Radio Times.

“People will struggle with energy bills and then wonder if they can afford to put a loved one into a care home.

“I’m really, really scared about how this is going to turn out.”

Our Dementia Choir Sings Again will air on Monday 10 October on BBC One at 9pm. Vicky McClure: Lack of funding for people affected by dementia is ‘frustrating’

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