About Huntington's Disease

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a dominantly inherited, neurodegenerative disease causing irreversible decline in mood, memory, and movement. There is currently no cure. Each child of an affected parent has a 50% risk of inheriting the same lethal affliction. HD usually strikes between the ages of 30 to 40, in an individual’s prime productive years, though children as young as two years old and adults in their eighties may also develop symptoms. Most individuals in the late stages of illness require enormous assistance. They lose the ability to walk, talk, and feed themselves, but are still conscious, aware and know themselves and their families.