GUEST: Former Wisconsin Governor Martiin Schreiber….
Former Governor Marty Schreiber has faced many challenges in his life, but none has impacted him more than becoming a caregiver to his beloved wife, Elaine, whom he now describes in his book My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver. Now in the later stages of her disease, Marty Schreiber candidly describes the journey he, Elaine and their family have shared as Elaine’s Alzheimer’s has progressed.
On this program, Governor Schreiber tells the story of his personal experience and wisdom gained as a caregiver and husband to the love of his life – a woman he met as a freshman in high school who supported him through all of his life experiences – college, law school, political wins and losses. He counsels those taking on the role of caregiver and confronts the dilemmas that caregivers face including what surviving looks like for the person diagnosed as well as the caregiver.
Marty Schreiber’s story is real and is recommended as a guide for caregivers anywhere as they struggle to do the right thing: to embrace patience, adaptability and even humor as they walk the journey with their loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease.