My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver

My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver

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Former governor of Wisconsin Martin J. Schreiber has seen his beloved wife, Elaine, gradually transform from the woman who gracefully entertained in the Executive Residence to one who no longer recognizes him as her husband. In My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver, Marty candidly counsels those who take on caregiving roles. 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.

Net proceeds from the sales of My Two Elaines are used to promote Alzheimer’s caregiver support.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945271885
Publisher: Martin Schreiber
Publication date: 12/06/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 169,698
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber is an award-winning crusader for Alzheimer's caregivers and persons with dementia. Reaching audiences nationwide at live events and through various forms of media, Marty incorporates humor and compassion as he shares lessons from his decade-plus journey as a caregiver. Net proceeds from his acclaimed book, My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver, are used to promote Alzheimer's caregiver support. Prior to writing My Two Elaines - and while still caring for his wife at home - Marty collaborated with Wisconsin state government and various business groups to help create the online Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit. Since its launch in 2015, the toolkit has become an important resource for human resources and employee assistance programs. Schreiber further committed significant resources, both financial and personal, to help the Alzheimer's Association launch Operation: Stronger Together in 2015. This awareness program has helped the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter connect record numbers of families to education and resources that are vital to successful caregiving. This and other initiatives have led to Marty being recognized with awards from the Alzheimer's Association and other organizations. Marty's work on behalf of seniors goes back decades to his 16 years in public service as a state senator, lieutenant governor and governor when he focused on elder concerns, nursing home care, and development of the in-home Community Care Organization. Moving into the private sector, Marty became a successful insurance executive and publisher before starting his own government relations firm, Martin Schreiber&Associates Inc., (now Schreiber Government Relations Group) in 1988. Marty attended Valparaiso University and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and earned a doctorate of law from Marquette University. He 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 Marty, who lives in Milwaukee.
Cathy Breitenbucher is a Milwaukee-based writer who has focused on medicine, health and fitness topics for the past 15 years. Her interest in medicine traces back to dinner table conversations with her parents, a nurse and a laboratory technician. A native Iowan and graduate of the University of Iowa's School of Journalism, Cathy enjoyed a thirteen-year career as a full-time newspaper sportswriter, highlighted by covering the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988. Since 1992, she has worked as a freelance writer for publications that included People magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post and several Milwaukee-area magazines and newspapers. This is her third book. An avid long-distance runner and cancer survivor, Cathy lives in the Milwaukee area with her husband and daughter.

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