Case study: ‘I knew that something wasn’t quite right’

Alex McMillan and his wife Maria
Alex McMillan and his wife Maria
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ALEX McMillan, 75, from Rutherglen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2006.

His wife Maria said that both the diagnosis and the after treatment from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have helped to keep him well.

“I knew that something wasn’t quite right with Alex so I insisted he went to the GP who sent him for a scan,” she said. “The doctor was able to confirm that the scan and symptoms showed Alex had Alzheimer’s and explained the diagnosis. I knew what Alzheimer’s was, but Alex didn’t, so we had to explain that. Shortly afterwards a district nurse came round to the house to speak to us about treatment and what our options were.

“We’ve been very lucky in that Alex’s condition has not deteriorated and he’s still very involved in his care and can do things himself. A lot of this is due to the fantastic support and help we’ve had from doctors and the team in the area.

“He just gets on with things and we know that we’re getting the best care we can.”