Mr Tanner is a retired farmer who lives with his wife and two sheep in Swan Hills. He was still driving and played bowls twice a week and darts at the local pub on Friday evenings. He is an ex-smoker with a 20 pack per year history and drinks 4 cans of beer per night and extra on bowls days.
Mr Tanner has one son and one daughter and 7 grandchildren. His son now manages the farm and Mr Tanner visits at busy times to help with shearing, seeding and harvest. His wife is well and manages the majority of household duties.
Mr Tanner has a family history of heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. He has had no prior incidence of depressive mood disorder that may increase risk of diminshed capacity to cope following stroke.