The experience of a family member living with Alzheimer's disease can be difficult and heartbreaking. The opportunity to hear from someone who has dealt with his family's journey as they navigate through the experience can be cathartic.
On Tuesday, Nov. 29, former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber will make an appearance at the independent living residence Harwood Place, 8220 Harwood Ave. from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Schreiber will be discussing his new book, "My Two Elaines," in which he documents his role as a caregiver to his wife Elaine, who lives with Alzheimer’s.
"This book will resonate with caregivers and provides insight into the array of emotions and real-life challenges faced when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s," Kathy Cavers, administrator and COO for Harwood Place said. "The devastating impact of this disease is not lost in Marty’s humor or endearing personal stories, but he offers solace in his lessons learned and how to appreciate what is left versus what has been lost."
According to a news release from Harwood Place, Schreiber will share his challenges and missteps as he travels with Elaine through this journey with compassion and humor. His raw honesty and practical advice will inspire other caregivers to find patience, courage and love as they climb the Alzheimer’s mountain.
"Unfortunately, most of us will be affected by Alzheimer’s in one manner or another over the course of our lives," said Scott McFadden, president and CEO at Harwood place and Lutheran Home. "Marty has truly captured the essence of loving and caring for somebody with this disease. His book is insightful, thoughtful, heartwarming and respectful. Marty’s sense of humor and abundant patience surely are a blessing for Elaine."
Schreiber, a Milwaukee native, served as governor from 1977 to 1979. He ascended to the position when Patrick Lucey resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Schreiber is also a former board member at Harwood Place.
The presentation is free and open to the public. The book will be available for purchase at the event, but the first 50 people to register will receive a free copy. RSVP for the event to Carey Bartlett at 414-326-3368 or email@example.com.