Memory and Aging Program


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The Memory and Aging Program volunteers, also known as the “Swab Squad,” are an active group of individuals who assist outreach staff at community events, educational presentations, and in office projects as needed.  This type of outreach is critical to our research and mission.


Contact Information:

If you are interested in joining the Swab Squad, please contact:
Athena Lavoie 
Outreach Volunteer Coordinator
P: (401) 455-6402

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About Volunteering

Who can volunteer with the Memory and Aging Program? 

Anyone can be a member of the Swab Squad! Our volunteers include local college students, retired medical professionals, individuals whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s and others.

What do volunteers do? 

Among other tasks, our volunteers assist the Outreach Team with registration and information booths at community events and expos.  Volunteers also engage in relationship building in the community.  Many of our volunteers have a close connection to Alzheimer’s disease and devote several hours a week to spreading the word about the exciting clinical research being done here at the Memory and Aging Program.

What is required to volunteer and how do I get started? 

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one event per month. Event times vary, but are often scheduled on weekdays. Squad members will receive training as part of the onboarding process.

If you are interested in joining the Swab Squad, please contact Athena Lavoie, Outreach Volunteer Coordinator, at or (401) 455-6402.


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The goal of the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry is to match willing volunteers with Alzheimer's research studies for which they may qualify.

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