Hodges Center to host free series of lectures on Alzheimer’s

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University has teamed up with the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to present a free lecture series on Alzheimer’s. The sessions will be held at the Naples campus of Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Drive, off Immokalee Road, just east of I-75.

This program is based on an HBO documentary and discussion series regarding Alzheimer’s disease. The four-week lecture will have participants viewing the video series, followed by discussion. Part one, entitled “Momentum in Science,” addresses the latest research on the disease, and what is on the horizon. Part two, “The Memory Loss Tapes” looks at the Alzheimer’s experience from the point of view of the person with the disease. Part three, entitled “Caregivers,” features Maria Shriver, and offers five family portraits of people in different stages of Alzheimer’s. It also offers advice on helping grandchildren cope with the disease. Part four of the series will deal with the basics of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This informative lecture series will be held on July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm inclusively.

This stimulating series of lectures will be led by Catherine Cruikshank, Director of Education at the Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. Ms. Cruikshank joined the Chapter in August 2004, as a Program Specialist for Lee and Collier Counties. Previously, Ms. Cruikshank directed a Memory Unit in Naples, Florida, and also served as the South Florida Dementia Educator for the same Corporation.  Catherine Cruikshank recently completed her Doctoral studies in Gerontology. 

The Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter exists to provide a support system for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder through patient & family services, education, advocacy and research. 

The sessions are free of charge and reservations are not required. For additional information, please call (239) 405-7008.

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