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  • December 10, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Oakwood Village University Woods, Center for the Arts and Education, 6209 Mineral Point Road, Madison, 53705


  • Free and Open to the Public

    Free Parking

    No Registration Required

This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.

Free enclosed parking.  

Registration is not required.

Lecture Description

Former Governor Martin Schreiber and his love since high school faced a problem they never anticipated. Schreiber’s wife, Elaine, had developed Alzheimer’s disease, and for over a decade he was her primary caregiver. In his talk he shares the story of how he learned to survive, and offers advice to other caregivers.

The love story of Marty and his wife Elaine began in the 1950s when they were high school freshmen, but took the cruelest of twists some 14 years ago. Wracked by Alzheimer's, but with Marty always at her side, Elaine was transformed from the gracious former First Lady of Wisconsin into someone who depends on family and professional help for all of her basic daily care. Yet, Marty and Elaine still find moments of joy through activities such as music and simply holding hands.

He lovingly tells their story in the acclaimed book, My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver. It will be available for purchase at $15 per copy, cash or checks preferred. All net sales proceeds are used to support Alzheimer’s caregiver support programs.

Gov. Martin J. Schreiber

More than two years ago, former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber began a campaign unlike anything he experienced while in office. Rather than seeking votes, Schreiber now works to recognize and support Alzheimer’s caregivers – an unpaid workforce that exceeds 16 million people nationwide. Schreiber's goal for caregivers (whom he calls heroes) is that they learn, cope, survive and even thrive during their difficult journey.

Since late 2016, Schreiber has crisscrossed Wisconsin and traveled to 10 other states to help families, employers and healthcare providers understand the importance of counseling and other caregiver resources — support that de-stigmatizes the disease, reduces stress and alleviates guilt. Whether in metro areas or underserved rural communities, he says that family caregiver concerns are the same. So, he listens to their stories, touches their hearts with compassion and always adds humor. Said one caregiver, "You saved my life."

At 300 presentations and counting, Schreiber is building upon his legacy of work on behalf of older adults. As lieutenant governor and governor, he led reforms for nursing home care oversight and helped develop Wisconsin's in-home Community Care Organization. In 2015, he collaborated with the State of Wisconsin and business groups to create the online Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit, which is now used by HR departments and employee assistance programs.

Location & Parking Instructions: 

Lecture Location:

Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
6209 Mineral Point Road    
Madison, Wisconsin 53705    


Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods both outdoors & underground. 

  • Enter Oakwood at the traffic light at Island Drive and Mineral Point Road.
  • Take the left fork and then the second driveway on the right to enter visitor underground parking. Push the button for assistance. Park in any visitor or nonreserved stall;
  • Take elevator to first floor lobby where signs or a receptionist will help you.
  • When you exit the underground parking, the garage door opens automatically.
  • You may also park in a surface visitor spot (marked spaces along the drive and up the hill toward the large lot).
  • To link to the Oakwood campus map, use //tinyurl.com/y6zaugvm.
  • If you are walking to Oakwood Village,  enter Heritage, 6205 Mineral Point Road, at its main entrance (third driveway on the right, at stop sign) or enter the auditorium doors directly from the lower drive.
  • If taking the bus, Madison Metro Bus Routes 14 and 67, stop on Mineral Point Road in front of Oakwood, if traveling easterly, or across Mineral Point Road from Oakwood, if traveling westerly


Questions?   Contact information: Aleta Murray a-murray@sbcglobal.net

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