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Catherine Cruikshank, PhD, CDP

Regional Manager – Collier County

Catherine Cruikshank has a master’s degree in Geriatric Administration with a dissertation on Elder Abuse and Neglect. Her Doctoral studies in Gerontology focused on Alzheimer’s disease with an interest in behaviors and family dynamics. Throughout her career, she has committed herself to a psycho-sociological approach when working with individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).

Catherine has three decades of experience in the field of dementia, with her interest beginning when her grandfather developed Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to her research, curriculum, and program developments, she has authored a training manual for understanding and reacting to challenging behaviors, which has been used by facilities across the nation. Catherine has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and has been published in the International Journal of Gerontechnology.

Catherine, as Executive Director, opened and got licensed a dedicated memory care community in Naples, Florida. Prior to this, she expanded a new memory care environment in Fort Myers, and enhanced services for residents throughout the Independent and Assisted Living communities who were experiencing memory issues.

Catherine worked with the Alzheimer’s Association from 2004-2018 as a Regional Director and Director of Education, where she developed, presented, and oversaw the delivery of educational programs and staff in 17 counties. During her tenure, she was invited to consult on the development of several nationwide, standardized curriculums. Previously she directed a Memory Unit in Naples, Florida, and was the South Florida Dementia Educator for the same corporation. For 20 years Catherine has authored and is certified to provide the Assisted Living Facility level 1 & 2; Skilled Nursing Facility; Hospice; Adult Day Care and Home Health Care Florida State mandated curriculums. Additionally, she is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and an educator with the National Task Group for developmentally disabled populations.