Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel Featured as Key Speaker at Alzheimer's Association's Early Stage Conference

May 09 2017
Category: Academics

Cynthia Huling Hummel

Elmira native and Continuing Education student, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel was the keynote speaker at the recent Alzheimer's Association's Early Stage Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Cynthia was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment in 2011, and her diagnosis was changed to Alzheimer's mild cognitive impairment disease in 2016. 

Cynthia served on the National Alzheimer's Association's Early-Stage Advisory Council in 2015 and currently serves as National Early Stage Alumni Advisor. She is a member Early-Stage Committee of the Rochester and Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, a member of the Southern Tier Advisory Council and Speakers' Bureau and facilitates a support group for those living with a diagnosis. 

Cynthia is an active advocate for those living with Alzheimer's and other dementias and is passionate about research. She has participated in the Alzheimer's Disease Neuro-Imaging (ADNI) study since 2010.  While filming a 2016 segment with NBC Nightly News, Cynthia talked about the importance of staying active and using her mind.

“I enrolled at Elmira College in 2011, the year I was diagnosed with amnestic mild cognitive impairment,” said Cynthia.  “I approached the Continuing Ed office and was welcomed with open arms.  I love the college and I am so very grateful to EC for this amazing opportunity, in life long learning.  Being a student at EC has been a game changer for me.  I truly believe that by engaging in classroom discussions and activities (combined with my physical activities and other wellness practices) that I am slowing down my cognitive decline.”

In addition to taking classes at EC, Cynthia enjoys kayaking, golfing and singing in a country band.  Her daughter, Emily Kawasaki is a 2015 graduate of Elmira College with a master of science in education.