Episode 097 – Judy Cornish is an attorney and the author of The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home.
- Judy Cornish is an attorney who specializes in elder care and has become an expert on providing dementia care. She the author of The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home and a second book going deeper into the intricacies of dementia care. In this interview, Judy explains what dementia is and that it’s a condition, not a disease. She talks about the differences between providing care versus treatment. Her book is unique in how it looks at dementia as a psychological condition rather a medical condition. Providing care and keeping a loved one safe while helping them maintain a high quality of life is an important factor. Judy stresses how we have accepted childhood and adulthood as stages of life, but we’ve forgotten that elderhood is equally as valuable and is different than adulthood.
The Most Important Thing I Learned About Writing
- Just say it. In as few words and as plainly as possible. I Imagine the person I want to help sitting across from me. I explain it as clearly as I can. Just sit down and type it out. Then get an editor and work with them.
My Most Difficult Writing Challenge
- My most difficult challenge is how much I have to learn. Learning about marketing, CreateSpace – it’s all the different hats you have to wear to see a book achieve wider distribution.
My Most Rewarding Moment as an Author
- It’s reading a review that says this book has helped me so much. To know that I could put the book out there and how it could help people and families provide kinder dementia care was the best moment.
How To Find Me
- Judy’s The Dawn Method website
- The Dementia Handbook website
- Judy’s personal Facebook page
- Judy’s Dawn Method Facebook page
- Judy’s Dawn Method Twitter page
- The website for Palouse Dementia Care
About Judy from Her Amazon Author’s page
- Judy Cornish is an elder law attorney and geriatric care manager who has spent the past six years working with families and people experiencing dementia on the Palouse in northern Idaho. Prior to her work in dementia care, she practiced law, worked in vocational rehabilitation with traumatic brain injury, and spent a year as a psychosocial skills trainer in an enhanced care unit for the mentally ill.
- With her varied background—and education in literature, languages, fine arts and the law—she brings a diverse set of skills and a unique approach to dementia care. Her DAWN Method is a unique approach to dementia care. It enables families to keep their loved ones home longer, with less stress and more comfort.
- Today Ms. Cornish runs Palouse Dementia Care, providing case management and care services on the Palouse, and the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network® (DAWN), offering training and consulting in the DAWN Method.
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