Barb Silva

Barbara (Barb) is the 2019 Citizen Scientist Catalyst Award
honoree. She received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis several years ago
at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) even though her primary care
physician had told her she had nothing to worry about. Her
connection with RIH continues today as a clinical trial participant in
one of their studies. Barb has been involved in fitness classes for
decades, so it was a natural fit for her and a friend to co-create a
memory fitness class program. Her business partner, Elaine
Sewatsky, is also her research study partner. Of Barb’s decision to
seek a second opinion at Rhode Island Hospital, she says, “I’m glad I
begged for help after my first physician told me not to worry. Every
second you lose matters.” Barb resides in Wakefield, RI.