Members of the public are invited to “Understanding Dementia,” a discussion regarding dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Hope’s PACE Center in Naples, located at 13020 Livingston Road.

The discussion will be led by Catherine Cruikshank, M.D., as part of Hope HealthCare Services’ Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). There is no cost to attend.

Dr. Cruikshank, who serves as the regional director of education for the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will discuss symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, distinguishing the disease from other dementias, and obtaining an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Dr. Cruikshank holds a master’s degree in geriatric administration and a doctorate in gerontology, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Melissa Horinek at 239-218-2470 or