Former Governor Martin J. Schreiber will continue the most important campaign of his life when he visits St. Patrick Church (1235 W. Main Street, Whitewater) on Thursday, October 24th at 1:30 p.m. to talk about the challenges of being an Alzheimer’s caregiver. This free discussion is presented by Glenwood at Mulberry Campus, a dementia care neighborhood in Whitewater.
Schreiber will share lessons learned from his seven time award-winning book My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver so others don’t have to experience the learning curve he did. His presentation will include time for questions and suggestions from other caregivers.
My Two Elaines is a guide for families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. It’s also a love story that spans more than 60 years. Schreiber’s wife Elaine was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over a decade ago. Since then, Schreiber has worked tirelessly as a caregiver and loving spouse to someone who no longer recognizes him. He refers to the woman with whom he fell in love in high school, married, raised a family, and ran political campaigns with as his first Elaine. Today’s sweet, sensitive woman who remembers nothing about their past is his second Elaine. He speaks on the need for caregivers to build support systems and self-care, which are things he failed to do early on.
“If Alzheimer’s is bad, ignorance of the disease is worse,” said Schreiber.
Registration is recommended; call 262-473-4515 . My Two Elaines, the book authored by Governor Schreiber, and CDs will be available for $15 (cash or check only). Net proceeds are used to support Alzheimer’s caregiver programs.