The Huntington's Association was established in 1978 to develop support and educational programs to help people understand and cope, and to give Huntington's Disease families a single voice.
The Association is managed by a board of Governance consisting of people from the South Australian business community as well as consumers of families affected by Huntington's Disease.
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World Congress on Huntington's Disease
Attendance at the Marjorie Guthrie Day on September 11, 2011 is free of charge for delegates representing IHA organisations & anyone interested in learning more about Huntington's disease.
Join others from around the world to share & learn more about: Youth Living with HD- Coping Strategies - Starting a Family (IVF) - Accessing Community - Resources (Support Groups) - Relationships - Living with HD (Carers)
September 11-14, 2011 Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Australia
Registrations will open March 2011.
So What Is Huntington's Disease?
Huntington's Disease is an inherited brain disorder which affects individuals of either sex. It is caused by a dominant defective gene and any child of a person who has the faulty Huntington's Disease gene has a 50% chance of developing the disease.
Symptoms can appear anywhere between the ages of 2 and 80, but more often between 30 and 45 years. Sometimes the gene has already been passed onto a new generation.
There are physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms of Huntington's Disease. People usually experience short term memory loss and reduced ability to plan and organise. Emotional changes vary from person to person but may include depression, mood swings and accentuation of existing personality traits.
As the disease progresses the jerking twitching movements are more likely to increase and slurred speech and swallowing difficulties can develop.
People with Huntington's Disease have at times been falsely assumed to be intoxicated because of their awkward gait and apparent clumsiness.
At present there is no treatment or cure of Huntington's Disease.