Joy Johnston is a digital journalist, author, and caregiver advocate based in Atlanta. Joy served as a long-distance caregiver for her father and a hands-on caregiver for her mother. Her experiences as a family caregiver inspire her caregiver advocacy work.
She received the 2015 Rick Bragg Prize for Nonfiction from the Atlanta Writers Club for an essay about her father's dementia. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other anthologies. She writes about dementia and family caregiving on her blog, The Memories Project, and is a featured author on The Caregiver Space. In 2017, she published her first book, The Reluctant Caregiver, a collection of caregiving essays from a nontraditional perspective.
Joy is currently working on a project called Respite Care Share, an online campaign designed to encourage family caregivers to take a well-deserved break. The concept was selected as a Top 10 Idea in OpenIDEO's End-of-Life Care Challenge.
You can get a copy of her wonderful book here The Reluctant Caregiver to learn how her story can help your journey.