For Better or Worse: Memory loss, Dementia and Caregiving

Former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber will tell his family story.

The Hudson Community Foundation in cooperation with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of St. Croix County is holding a public forum on the growing impact of dementia, memory loss and caregiving on area individuals and families.

The featured speaker will be former Wisconsin Governor Martin Schreiber whose wife Elaine has Alzheimer’s. Schreiber has spoken openly about the impact of his wife’s condition on him as a caregiver, their relationship and his children. His presentation talks about the loss, the grief, and the loneliness the disease creates and he does so with compassion and some humor.

For Better or Worse: Memory Loss, Dementia and Caregiving will be on Thursday, October 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Bethel Highlands, 504 Frontage Road, Hudson, Wisconsin.

In addition to Schreiber, two local caregivers will share their stories.   Roberts farmer, Arlen Strate, just recently lost his wife Laurie to young onset dementia.  Emily Smith of Hudson is caring for her father Craig, a former Hudson firefighter and ironworker who at age 53 is living with frontal temporal lobe dementia.

Nancy Abrahamson, St. Croix County’s Dementia Care Specialist, will talk about what is being done to address the impact of dementia on the community, the screening and resources available through the ADRC and the county-wide initiatives to make Hudson and the rest of the county “dementia friendly.”

The program will also include information about the St. Croix Valley Foundation’s Dementia Friendly Community Coalition. It will include an opportunity to meet the ADRC staff as well.

For more information contact the ADRC or Nancy Abrahamson at (715) 381-4360 or email her at Nancy.Abrahamson@co.saint-croix.wi.us or Meg Heaton at (715)426-1067 or email her at mheaton@rivertowns.net.