What is Huntington’s disease and how can it affect people?

Huntington’s disease affects approximately eight in every 100,000 people in the UK and mainly affects people between the ages of 35 and 45.

You might have heard of it, but do you know how what it is and how it can affect people?

What is Huntington’s disease?

Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition, and it stops the brain from working over time. Due to this, the disease can be fatal after around 20 years.

Huntington’s disease causes dementia which can lead to confusion and memory loss there is also no cure for this condition.

What are the symptoms of Huntington’s disease?

Symptoms can begin to show from ages 30 to 50 but can begin earlier or later.

Some symptoms include:

· Depression

· Difficulty concentrating

· Clumsiness

· Fidgeting

· Mood swings

· Problems swallowing, speaking, and breathing

· Difficulty moving

Full-time care will be required during the later stages of the condition.

What care is available for people with Huntington’s disease?

There is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease so care for this condition will be required.

If you, or a loved one, needs help with this condition, your care plan should include a range of aspects to ensure the best possible support.

You should ensure your mental and physical health is prioritised which can be done from the comfort of your own home with support.

Your carers will be comprised of professionals such as continuing healthcare commissioners and clinicians who can regularly review your care in accordance with the progress of your condition.

At Synergy Complex Care we provide tailored care plans designed around your individual needs. For more information, contact us today.

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