“If there’s one thing worse than Alzheimer’s, it’s ignorance of the disease.” — Marty Schreiber
About the Book
Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber has seen his beloved wife Elaine gradually transform from the woman who gracefully entertained in the state’s Executive Residence to one who could no longer drive a car, follow a recipe, use the bathroom or dress herself. She grew to depend on her decades-long partner in marriage, political campaigns and child-raising for everything. Over time, Elaine no longer even recognized Marty as her husband. In My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver, Schreiber candidly counsels those who take on similar caregiving roles.
My Two Elaines is more than an account of Marty Schreiber’s struggles. It provides small but monumental suggestions for how to respect the person with Alzheimer’s as well as the caregiver. He shares why it’s important for caregivers to practice self-care, as not to become one of the thousands that become sick themselves and unable to care for their loved one. Two-thirds of those who live with Alzheimer’s are women, so Schreiber offers special guidance for men that are thrust into an unexpected job of “doing it all.”
With patience, adaptability, and even a sense of humor, Marty Schreiber shows how love continues for the person his wife is now — his Second Elaine.
Alzheimer’s can leave a hole in your heart, but take a moment to look around you. There are people, good people, who step in with their kindness, their compassion and support to help fill in that hole. Where would we be without the people who...
- Spouses and partners of persons with Alzheimer’s
- Children of persons with Alzheimer’s
- Extended family and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s
- Extended family and friends of caregivers
- Professional caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s
- Others who come in contact with caregivers and persons with Alzheimer’s, including: nurses, social workers, clergy, elder law attorneys, estate planning attorneys, financial advisers, human resources directors, employers, supervisors and co-workers.