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Healing Ties

Person Centered Approach to Dementia Care

  • S9E9
  • 49:47
  • June 7th 2021

Judy Cornish is an author, founder of the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network (DAWN®), creator of the DAWN Method® and retired elder law attorney.

Her two books (The Dementia Handbook and Dementia With Dignity) take person-centered dementia care from theory to practice by identifying the skills not lost to dementia.

Through DAWN, Judy provides counseling, private classes and an online video program for families and home caregivers.

Judy's goal is to help families learn how to truly support their loved ones and enjoy more companionship as they live with dementia.

Listen in and learn how Judy is creating Healing Ties through a person centered approach to dementia care.

Healing Ties

Beyond Caregiving...How do care?

How do we care for our family, friends, and the strangers we meet? How do we care for the community we live in?

How do we heal the physical, social, financial, spiritual aspects of our life and the lives of those around us?

We do this by creating Healing Ties!

By sharing their stories with host Christopher MacLellan, our guests reveal how they are creating Healing Ties in their community by their words, actions, and deeds.

Meet the Team

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Christopher MacLellan

Affectionately known as “The Bow Tie Guy" in the vast network of family caregivers, Christopher MacLellen is the Author of "What's The Deal with Caregiving" and the host of Healing Ties podcast featured on The Whole Care Network.

The story of Chris and his deceased partner, Richard Schiffer was chronicled in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize nominated story “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey” about their journey of caregiving. Seen by over 500,000 people world-wide the story told of the challenges that LGBT partners have in dealing with the medical and legal system, but it also told of the love and joy that Richard’s last years had on their relationship.

Chris' masters degree thesis, Caregiving, Stress and its Impact on the Work Place was accepted by the faculty at Gonzaga University in 2016 where he earned a masters degree in Leadership and Communication.

Chris founded the Whole Care Network in 2016, presents regularly on topics that impact family Caregivers and now is Aging Gayfully after caregiving has ended.