Q and A: Alan Mills

Life after a diagnosis

Alan Mills in Manchester, aged 63 with Alzheimer’s disease, answers our questions for Living with dementia magazine.

Alan Mills

What’s changed most since your diagnosis?

I am more dependent on people than ever before. The world has become a scary place. It’s silly things like going food shopping – it’s not so bad if I always go to the same shop or with my wife Jackie, but the amount of people and noise is terrifying otherwise.

What would you take to your desert island?

A solar powered radio to play music.

How has Alzheimer’s Society helped you?

From a rocky start, when I was offered no support after first being diagnosed, the Society has been tremendous. One woman in particular deserves a mention – Dementia Adviser Julie Mann, an angel of mercy! I make wooden toys and she’s put me in touch with a place I can go once or twice a week and chew the fat with like-minded individuals. We make and sell toys for various charities.

What song or tune sums up your life so far?

Monty Python’s Always look on the bright side of life, to maintain a sense of humour.  

What single thing would improve your quality of life?

A big money win, so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the family when I am gone.

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