My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver (Paperback)
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Former governor of Wisconsin Marty Schreiber has seen his beloved wife, Elaine, gradually transform from the woman who had gracefully entertained in the Executive Residence to one who sometimes no longer recognizes him as her husband. In My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver, Marty candidly counsels those taking on this caregiving role. More than an account of Marty's struggles in caring for his wife, My Two Elaines also offers sage advice that respects the one with Alzheimer's while maintaining the caregiver's health. As two-thirds of those with Alzheimer's are women, he offers special guidance for men thrust into an unexpected job. With patience, adaptability, and even a sense of humor, Marty shows how love continues for his Second Elaine.
"Marty shares a story of struggle that will resonate with caregivers. With a true public servant's heart, he provides tips and encouragement sure to help male caregivers in particular." - Maria Shriver, Award-Winning Journalist and Founder
"I applaud My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver for focusing on Alzheimer's caregivers' trials and triumphs. Caregivers are heroes for their selflessness and love all while meeting challenges we never imagine. Cheers to Marty Schreiber as he shares how we as caregivers do everything we can to make sure our loved ones' physical needs are met, legacies are preserved and integrity remain in tact. - Jim Nantz, Founder of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center, National Sports Broadcaster
About the Author
Former Governor Martin J. Schreiber is Wisconsin’s leading crusader for Alzheimer’s caregivers, working to help improve support services in health care settings and in the workplace. His significant commitment of resources, both financial and personal, helped the Alzheimer’s Association launch Operation Stronger Together in 2015. This program has been highly successful in connecting caregivers and families throughout Southeast Wisconsin with assistance that can help them learn, cope, and survive the heroics of caregiving. The Alzheimer’s Association has recognized Martin with regional and state awards, including the 2015 Friend of the Year and the 2016 Special Service Award. He attended Valparaiso University and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has a doctorate of law from Marquette University. Martin and his wife Elaine are the parents of four children, Kathryn Lyon, Martin Schreiber, Kristine Haas and Matt Schreiber. They have thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. This is the first book by Martin, who lives in Milwaukee.
Cathy Breitenbucher is an award-winning journalist and author.