More details on the South Milwaukee Lions event …
Former Wisconsin Gov. Schreiber to speak about caregivers and caregiving at open community event associated with the South Milwaukee Lions Club. The Lions Club has been serving the South Milwaukee community since 1937 with the mission to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber continues the most important campaign of his life when he visits the South Milwaukee City Hall (2424 15 th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI 53172) on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 6 p.m. to talk about the challenges of being a caregiver. Registration is recommended if individuals anticipate attending the Lions.
Club meeting immediately following the presentation (around 7pm) to learn more about the club and their motto “WE SERVE”. For questions about the event or meeting RSVP without a computer, please call 414-768-8055 x 3. RSVP online as a guest for the Lions Club meeting immediately following the presentation at:
At the 11-Sept event, Schreiber will share what he has learned, which is included in his award-winning book, “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver,” so others don’t experience the learning curve he did. The free presentation will include time for questions and suggestions from other caregivers.
“My Two Elaines” will be available for purchase in both book form and as a set of three CDs, narrated by Schreiber and his children. Net proceeds from sales are used to promote Alzheimer’s caregiver support. “My Two Elaines” is a guide for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers as well as a love story that spans more than 60 years. Schreiber’s wife Elaine was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 11 years ago and since then, he has worked tirelessly to be a caregiver and loving spouse to someone who no longer recognizes him. He refers to the woman with whom he fell in love in high school, married, raised a family and ran political campaigns as his first Elaine, and today’s sweet, sensitive woman who remembers nothing about their past as his second. He speaks about the need for caregivers to build support systems and self-care, which are among the things he failed to do early on.
Like many thrown into the role as a caregiver for Alzheimer’s or other diseases, Schreiber knew little about the disease and how to be an effective caregiver. What he found most disturbing was that even healthcare providers don’t know the degree to which Alzheimer’s affects the person who lives with it and his or her family. “If Alzheimer’s is bad, ignorance of the disease is worse,” he said.