Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel of Elmira began kayaking in 2016. With the help of the Friends of the Chemung River, she organized the “Rollin’ On The River: Paddling Friends,” a club for folks to connect and enjoy the beautiful Chemung River. Cynthia also promotes kayaking and other activities as part of her wellness philosophy. She was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s the same year. She is an Alzheimer’s advocate, an artist, a student at Elmira College, a new grandmother and a singer in the band, “Country Magic.” She enjoys taking photos, especially of life in the Finger Lakes.
Dr Hummel is also the author of “UnMasking Alzheimer’s: The Memories Behind the Mask.” It is a collection of photos of the thirty masks she created that are currently on display at Community Arts of Elmira. This past summer, she participated in an art program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their care partners. The arts program, called “Art Reflects” was created by Lynne Rusinko and Karen Navaie. It was a wonderful experience! She was encouraged to photogrpah her masks and write about them. She did so and created this book.
Her exhibit is on display at Community Arts of Elmira until November 25, 2017. It is her hope to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and to help dispel the stigma.
She recently presented at the National Summit on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services at the NIH in Bethesda, Md. She was appointed (one of 7 people nationwide) to serve on the Human Health and Services National Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services.