Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel Presents at National Conference and Joins Health and Human Services Advisory Council

October 19 2017
Category: Academics

Cynthia Huling Hummel, Elmira College Continuing Education student

Elmira College Continuing Education student and Elmira native, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel recently presented at the National Research Summit on Care, Services and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers at the National Institutes of Health. 

Cynthia’s presentation titled, "Perspectives of Persons Living with Dementia as Study Partners," focused on an Alzheimer's Disease Neuro-Imaging (ADNI) clinical study that she has participated in since 2010.

Additionally, Cynthia was recently appointed to the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Cynthia was one of seven individuals appointed to the Advisory Council to advise the HHS Secretary, Tom Price, M.D., on federal programs that affect people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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

She served on the National Alzheimer's Association's Early-Stage Advisory Council in 2015 and currently serves as National Early Stage Alumni Advisor. Cynthia is also 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 Elmira College, 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.