Catherine Cominsky

Catherine Cominsky, an author from Old Forge who writes under the name Kate Hanley, will be the featured speaker at an Alzheimer’s Association education program in May.

Cominsky will present Effective Communications Strategies, a one-hour education program, followed by a 30-minute discussion of overcoming challenges related to dementia behavior and communication from her perspective of a daughter providing care for her mother. The presentation takes place May 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is free at 800.272.3900 or

Effective Communication Strategies examines how individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias communicate with caregivers, especially when the disease impacts cognition and language. The program explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, decoding verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identifying strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Cominsky is the author of two books on dementia. She is also an adjunct professor of education at Utica College. Her 2019 book, Breakfast Memories: A Dementia Love Story: A Dementia Love Story, focuses on her journey as a caregiver for her mother. It was during this time that she discovered a collection of love notes and poems from her deceased father to her mother, providing her new perspective on her parents that she had never seen previously and emotionally recentering her as her mother’s dementia continued to advance.

The first 50 people from the Central New York area to register for the program will receive a copy of Breakfast Memories.

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