One wife, two different people
Although he’s only been married once in his life, former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber has had two wives. The first was the Elaine he knew before she came down with Alzheimer’s disease; the second is the Elaine he cares for now.
Schreiber was in Owen last week to speak at the annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Conference organized by the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Clark County. While much energy and money has been devoted to solving the medical riddle of Alzheimer’s disease’s impacts on the brains of those diagnosed with it, less has gone toward ensuring the physical and mental well-being of the spouses, children and friends who care for those afflicted. For the 17th year at the conference held at the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center, the focus has been on the people who give up a big part of their own lives to care for a loved one who can no longer make decisions for themselves.
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