Tuesday, February 21
Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver: Join former Gov. Martin J. Schreiber for a conversation on the impact of being a caregiver as he discusses his book, “My Two Elaines”. Former Gov. Martin Schreiber became a champion for the cause of caregivers upon experiencing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on both the patient and the caregiver. Caring for a loved one with dementia is one of the most difficult and challenging jobs a person can have. It can affect your physical and mental health, job performance, and life expectancy. Hear his personal story as caregiver to his wife Elaine, who he has been watching slip away over the past ten years.
He 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, Martin candidly counsels those taking on this caregiving role. More than an account of his 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, he shows how love continues for his Second Elaine.
Former Governor Martin Schreiber has nearly 50 years of political and business insight. After serving in the public sector for 16 years, he became a successful insurance executive and publisher before starting his own government relations firm, Martin Schreiber & Associates Inc., in 1988.
He began his successful career as a public affairs consultant in 1988. Martin Schreiber & Associates has grown to a firm with more than 20 clients, representing the interests of Fortune 500 companies, statewide associations, tribal and local governments, contractors and labor unions, nonprofits and others. His extensive experience – as well as his charm, wit – keeps him well-respected by state, federal and Milwaukee area officials, as well as other opinion leaders.
A native of Milwaukee, he grew up in politics. His Dad was first elected to public office in 1942 and retired in 1976. Marty learned the art of politics at an early age while sitting at the dining room table. He attended Valparaiso University and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has a doctorate of law from Marquette University.
His political career began in the Wisconsin State Senate, where he served eight years representing portions of the City of Milwaukee. He was the youngest Senator in state history, having been elected at age 23.
Schreiber was elected Wisconsin’s 38th Lieutenant Governor in 1970. He turned this ceremonial office into a vehicle for change by developing the nursing home ombudsman program, advocating for community care organizations as alternatives to nursing homes, and leading the Governor’s Council of Consumer Affairs. His investigations into health care for the elderly identified numerous cases of Medicare fraud and abuse. He was nationally recognized for his leadership when he was elected Chairperson for the National Lieutenant Governors Association in 1972. He was acknowledged as being one of the nation’s most active Lieutenant Governors.
He became Governor of Wisconsin in 1977. Among his accomplishments while in office were significant reforms within the state civil service system, reorganization in the Wisconsin court system and creation of the Wisconsin Fund, a program to help local communities and industries develop and pay for clean water programs. Marty received a Common Cause award for open and honest government and when he left office, Wisconsin had a projected $1 billion surplus.
As a lifelong Milwaukee resident, Marty remains active in serving the community. He is Co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the Beulah Brinton House and is well known for his commitment and dedication to the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center and Lutheran Special Schools. He has also served as President of the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees and the Milwaukee County Federated Library System, and is a former board member of the World Festivals, Inc. Board of Trustees.
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