By Tim Kowols
For former Wisconsin governor Martin Schreiber, the love of his life were two different people living in the same body. Schreiber and his wife Elaine were high school sweethearts that later became husband and wife, parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. Years after his time in Madison as a legislator and governor, Elaine became inflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and Schreiber’s book, My Two Elaines, details what it is like to give round-the-clock care to the woman he loves the most, but no longer recognizes him as her husband. Schreiber says caregivers need to make sure they take care of themselves as well as the people they are caring for in their time of need.
Schreiber says caregivers have a 35 percent chance of dying before the person they are giving care to does as well as having a higher chance of getting ill and their savings drained as a result of dedicating so much time and energy to caregiving. My Two Elaines is available at online retailers and Schreiber’s Website.