Episode 097 – Judy Cornish is an attorney and the author of The Dementia Handbook: How to Provide Dementia Care at Home.

Show Overview

  • 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.


  • NonfictionThe Dementia Handbook

My Books

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

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.

We’d Love to Hear Your Comments or Questions on this Podcast

We invite you to send us a comment or question on this episode. Please use the comment form at the bottom of this blog post to send us a message. Thank you.

Got a Minute? Rate the Podcast.

We hope this episode has inspired you and helped to ignite your writing. That’s our goal. If you have been helped by this interview, could you share your experience?

The best way to do that is to leave a rating and review at iTunes. You can also leave a rating and review in Stitcher. A one or two sentence review, along with a rating, will help others find the Writers & Authors on Fire podcast more easily, exposing the podcast to a wider audience. Your rating and review helps promote the podcast to new listeners, writers, and authors as they search for new podcasts to experience. Honest reviews are appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Want More of Writers & Authors on Fire?

A new Writers & Authors on Fire episode will be released every Tuesday morning. As our audience grows and we do more interviews, we hope to release two new episodes a week. That’s a great reason to subscribe now. You can subscribe at iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast directory:


Because disclosures are necessary, each book link uses my Amazon affiliate code so I earn a small commission on whatever you purchase after clicking on the link. This helps fund the website and podcast. Thank you for your support.

Share This