Former Wisconsin governor to go ‘On the Issues’ to discuss surviving as an Alzheimer’s caregiver, Dec. 1

Nov. 30, 2022

Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin SchreiberMILWAUKEE — Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin Schreiber will discuss surviving as an Alzheimer’s caregiver as the featured guest in an upcoming “On the Issues” program with Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 12:15 p.m., at Marquette University Law School’s Eckstein Hall.

The program is open to members of the public at no cost; registration is required and is available online. Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

Schreiber will be joined by David Grams, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter. The conversation will center around Schreiber’s book, “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver,” which describes his personal journey as a caregiver for his beloved wife Elaine, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Over the years, he watched as Elaine gradually transformed from the woman who gracefully entertained in the governor’s executive residence to one who sometimes no longer recognized him as her husband. Along the lines of his compassionate and humorous book, Schreiber will share his insights about coping with a serious illness as a caregiver and grieving for someone who was still living. Elaine passed away in April 2022.

Schreiber has spent more than 10 years as a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, working to grow recognition and support for caregivers. He has delivered over 400 presentations across Wisconsin and 18 other states. As lieutenant governor and governor, he led reforms for nursing home care oversight and helped develop Wisconsin's in-home Community Care Organization.

Wisconsin’s governor from 1977–79, Schreiber had a 14-year political career in the state beginning when he was the youngest state senator in Wisconsin’s history. When he was just 23 years old, he was elected to represent Milwaukee’s 6th District in 1963. He was then elected lieutenant governor in 1971 and served until assuming the governor’s role in 1977. A Milwaukee native, he is a graduate of Marquette Law School.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, “On the Issues” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars, conferences on issues of public significance, and the work of its Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, Marquette Law School seeks to advance civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or