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New Alzheimer's Care in Moscow

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A growing epidemic in the United States, Alzheimer's is the third leading cause of death in Washington, and in Idaho it has the 5th highest increase in the country.

But one local Moscow woman has developed a breakthrough method when treating people with Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Judy Cornish founded DAWN, the Dementia and Alzheimer's Well being Network, in 2010. Their method is set up not to try and slow the progression of mental illness, which is only possible through medication, but to make people feel comfortable in their illness, giving them the tools to ease them through the stages of Dementia and Alzheimer's.

"The big difference in what we're doing at DAWN, is that I use a case manager and dementia care specialist system. So each client has a case manager and then one or two Dementia care specialists," says Cornish.

Cornish says senior care centers, where many people suffering from these mental illnesses end up, are geared towards taking care of Alzheimer's and Dementia sufferers by bathing and feeding them. But DAWN is set up to help clients through scheduling methods like helping them remember important events.

"Early detection is key, if we can get started on this as early as possible, then dementia and Alzheimer's can be a much more manageable illness," says Cornish.

The system is also set up to keep the family involved and keep patients in their home. DAWN does not have a central location, instead case managers and Dementia care specialists work directly out of their clients homes.

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