November 1, 2017
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) -- One local woman from Elmira living with Alzheimer's disease is making waves on the federal level.
In September, Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel was appointed to the Department of Health and Human Service's Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services.
The group advises the HHS Secretary on work conducted or needed regarding Alzheimer's disease or other dementia and it provides recommendations for the
National Plan on a yearly basis.
Dr. Huling Hummel is 1 of 7 people in the nation appointed to the position, and is the only one on the council with an Alzheimer's diagnosis.
"I applied for the position, I was appointed by [former] Secretary Price and the council meets quarterly to review the National Alzheimer's Plan, which was put into law in 2011," Dr. Huling Hummel says.
"My job as I see it, in addition to serving on the board, is to kind of put a face on what Alzheimer's looks like, especially in the early stages and hopefully reduce the stigma. And so I would just urge anyone with memory concerns, please reach out to the Alzheimer's Association," Dr. Huling Hummel explains.
She will serve on that advisory board as a special federal employee for the next two years.