UC adjunct publishes second book on dementia


Catherine Cominsky of Old Forge, also known by pen name Kate Hanley, long-time adjunct professor of education at Utica College, has written her second book, “Reframing the Conversation about Dementia Care.” 

The book dives into what dementia truly is and how it affects the brain, as well as how to understand and process it as a caretaker. Beginning with the basics of what dementia is and how to understand the warning signs, as well as information about its prevalence today, the book offers advice on how to reduce the stress associated with the disease for both the person affected and the people closest to them. The main focus of the book is around reframing the conversation and concerns in order to best help care for a loved one with dementia. 

Hanley describes the book as a guide for the care partners doing their best to manage. She brings her knowledge and experience caring for her own mother in hopes of helping others on their journey dealing with the disease. 

This is Hanley’s second book focusing on dementia. Her first, “Breakfast Memories: A Dementia Love Story,” shares the reality of life with a loved one having dementia, and offers a bit of hope as she discovers the love notes her father wrote her mother. These notes help keep Kate grounded, gently reminding her who her mother once was. This beautiful story inspires hope to others facing the challenges of dementia, and reminds everyone to always keep love in their hearts. 

“Reframing the Conversation About Dementia Care” can be purchased at www.breakfastmemories.com. Additional copies can be purchased by contacting katehanleyauthor@gmail.com. A portion of all book sales are donated to dementia research organizations.  


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