Ernest Labbe, a "Swab Squad" volunteer for the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.What made you choose to volunteer with the Swab Squad?
My volunteerism is based on my dad teaching me that we should all work to leave this place a little better. It does not matter your situation, there is always something that can be done to make a positive difference. My involvement with Butler Hospital is to begin collecting information that may help my children, their children, and those that follow. My dad would consider that a good contribution for the future.

When you volunteer with the Memory and Aging Program at community events, you help people to complete a cheek swab to see if they’re eligible for research. What is your favorite part of doing that work?
Working as a member of the Swab Squad provides me the opportunity to be actively engaged with the professional staff and community, making a small contribution to eliminating Alzheimer’s disease. I would have to say that it is the feeling of making a contribution; that is my favorite part.

Other than volunteering, what is something you like to do in your spare time?
My family is number one, along with offshore sailing, almost any outside activity, home repair/remodeling, being a member of the Cumberland Emergency Response Team, assisting with the annual town festival (Cumberlandfest), any opportunity to give back to the community and develop new skills.

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The Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital is a world-wide leader in the fight against Alzheimer's. We are dedicated to developing breakthrough treatments for Alzheimer's disease through cutting-edge research into early detection and treatment.

Our research and future breakthroughs depend on the participation of people with normal memory who may be at risk for dementia and those who are already experiencing memory loss, as well as the support of committed community partners, supporters and volunteers.

Can Healthy Lifestyle Reduce Risk for Cognitive Decline?

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Can healthy lifestyle changes help to protect memory and thinking in aging adults who are at risk? We’re looking for people ages 60 – 79 to participate in the U.S. POINTER study to find out.


Time to Change Attitudes on Alzheimer’s – Neurologist with the Disease Explains Why

Susan Saccoccia-Olson and her father, pictured just a couple of months before his passing in 2018. Saccoccia-Olson lost both her father and her mother to Alzheimer’s disease.

After spending 25 years caring for Alzheimer’s patients Dr. Daniel Gibbs developed the disease himself. He’s now been living with it for at least 13 years, and he’s on a mission to spread an important message.


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