Former Pastor with Alzheimer's asks 'why me?' on The Conversation with Carrie Lazarus

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - When you picture someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it's usually an elderly person who can't care for themselves, maybe doesn't even recognize their own children.

At age 63, Cynthia Hulin Hummel has Alzheimer’s. The former pastor from Elmira sat down with Carrie Lazarus to talk about getting the diagnosis at an unexpected age.

Hummel is part of the largest Alzheimer’s study in the country, going for brain scans and cognitive testing every year.

At first she asked: “why me?”, but in The Conversation with Carrie Lazarus, she's focusing on what's next.

Cynthia is doing her part, and she says you can do yours.  They need healthy people to take part in Alzheimer's research. You can go to Alzheimer’s Trial Match to find out more. It’s free and it's a chance to change the course of the disease and improve the lives of all it affects. 

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or another dementia. Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.

The Alzheimer’s Association says there are 10 warning signs and symptoms:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

For more on these warning signs, click here. 


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