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Former WI Governor visits the Prairie

Former Wisconsin Governor, Martin J. Schreiber continues the most important campaign of his life as he makes a visit to Prairie Ridge of Galena on Oct 23 to talk about the challenges of being an Alzheimer's caregiver.

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 in Galena will include time for questions and suggestions from other caregivers.

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 pas 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.

Schreibers talk is open to the public. His goal is to help caregivers learn more about the disease and the way it affects the person who lives with it and their family. "If Alzheimer's is bad, ignorance of the disease is worse" he said.