The importance of music therapy for people with dementia

“I think music, for me, is just a fundamental part of a human being, that direct link to emotion.” – Dr Orii McDermott, Senior Research Fellow at University of Nottingham Every year nearly 10 million people develop dementia worldwide.

That’s one diagnosis every three seconds. In 2012 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared dementia a global public health priority. Could music therapy play a role in enhancing the lives of people living with dementia? Dr Orii McDermott certainly thinks so, and this became the “driving force” behind her becoming a researcher. Immerse yourself in her story with episode 1 of the How Researchers Changed the World podcast.