Former Wisconsin governor uses personal experience for book on Alzheimer's disease

Marty Schreiber's wife battling Alzheimer's diseas

MILWAUKEE -- A former Wisconsin governor is raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease, and him, it’s personal.

Marty Schreiber served as governor from 1977-1979 when President Jimmy Carter made Gov. Pat Lucey an ambassador.

His wife, Elaine, suffers from Alzheimer's disease, and struggles with the memory loss that comes with it.

The former governor treats her with her favorite flowers or Patsy Cline records to try and spark their treasured memories.

His experience led him to write a book, “My Two Elaines,” that’s both a love letter to his wife, and a way to spread information about Alzheimer’s disease.

It is filled with advice he wishes he would have had when she was first diagnosed 12 years ago.

"Even though I've lost elections, Elaine never let me feel defeated. The only time I've felt defeated was when I had to put Elaine into a facility," Marty Schreiber said

The latest edition of the book will come out next month, and will include excerpts from Elaine's diary after she was diagnosed.

Net proceeds from the book will be used to promote Alzheimer's disease caregiver support programs.

Click here for more information on the book.

 

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