Martin Schreiber to keynote gerontology conference in December

  • Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Martin Schreiber

Former Governor of Wisconsin, Martin James "Marty" Schreiber will keynote the University of Missouri, Sinclair School of Nursing’s 30th Annual Gerontology Nursing Conference on December 5-6, 2019 in Columbia.

In what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes as his Last Campaign, former Governor Schreiber spends countless hours as a tireless advocate on issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Approaching 80, last year he gave 141 talks on caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the passage he has been navigating with his wife, Elaine, these last 14 years and counting.  Marty has seen his beloved wife, Elaine, gradually transform from the woman who had gracefully entertained in the Executive Residence to one who sometimes no longer recognizes him as her husband.

A month after Elaine’s move into the Lutheran Home when he could no longer care for her, Marty put into motion a plan that had been evolving for years. He wanted to write a book.  The book would not be a memoir or a medical text on Alzheimer’s. There are already dozens of such books.

What Marty wanted to write was the book he wished someone had given him back when Elaine was diagnosed.

“So I just climbed a mountain,” he says, explaining the idea, “and I came back. And now you are going to climb that same mountain. But before you do that, just sit down for a moment and let me tell you what’s ahead of you.”

The book would be honest. He would admit mistakes. He would help caregivers do three things: learn, cope and survive.  About 25,000 copies of his book, My Two Elaines, have been sold or distributed.  Net proceeds from the sales of My Two Elaines are used to promote Alzheimer’s caregiver support programs.

Alzheimer’s is now the sixth leading cause of death, killing over 116,000 people a year.  “If there’s one thing worse than Alzheimer’s, it’s ignorance of the disease,” Schreiber said. 

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