Creator and Author Judy Cornish
Judy Cornish is an attorney licensed in Idaho and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Cornish worked in vocational rehabilitation with people who have brain injuries and as a Qualified Mental Health Associate with the mentally ill. With her background in traumatic brain injury, mental illness, elder law and disability law, Ms. Cornish brings a distinctive set of abilities to her work with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
In 2010 Ms. Cornish founded the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network (DAWN®) in Moscow, Idaho. Through her hands-on work with dementia, she developed a proprietary method for working with people who have dementia—one that helps them develop and retain a sense of security and wellbeing. The DAWN Method® is simple enough to be used by caregivers in the home and works in care facilities as well. It targets the emotional distress that accompanies cognitive decline so that behaviors are avoided and caregiver stress is minimized.
Today the DAWN Method is in use with seniors in a number of locations in the United States, using a two-tiered care system of case managers and dementia care specialists. Ms. Cornish provides training in the DAWN Method and consults with families, agencies and individual caregivers from all over the world.
Connect with Judy at the DAWN Method!
Judy’s TEDx Talk
- Love Conquers Alz podcast with Susie Singer Carter & Don Priess—Judy, Susie and Don discuss our current care culture and treatments surrounding dementia and then how to change our approach when interacting with people experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s. [59 minutes; aired on April 28, 2021]
- The Hospice Chaplaincy Show with Saul Ebema—Saul and guest host Marie Conlin talk to Judy about her journey to dementia care and about the creation of the DAWN Method. [50 minutes; aired on March 8, 2021]
- The ‘D’ Word podcast with Pete Hill—Pete and Judy chat about the importance of rational and intuitive thought in light of dementia. [on UK Health Radio, aired in 2020]