Huntington’s disease is a genetic disease that is associated with or may lead to dementia. Huntington’s disease generally begins earlier in life, between ages 30 and 45, and is characterized by mood swings, lack of coordination, and involuntary movement of the head, trunk and limbs. Also, people with Huntington’s may develop dementia symptoms as the disease progresses. Compared to Alzheimer’s disease, people with dementia from Huntington’s disease have fewer memory problems but more problems with language/communication and decision-making.
Review the resources below to learn much more about Huntington’s disease and related dementia.
Description: This article, written for physicians, provides a detailed discussion of Huntington's disease and describes the associated dementia.
Source: Hereditary Disease Foundation
Description: This website focuses on Huntington's Disease research, which in turn enables it to address a range of other disorders. This website is research-focused but it also offers resources and references for those wanting to know more about Huntington's and other heritable diseases.
Source: Huntington's Disease Society of America
Description: This website provides education, news, and resources on the disease. The website also publishes a monthly E-newsletter that is accessible through the homepage.
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke
Description: This web page provides a detailed discussion of Huntington's disease, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. It also provides links to current research, supporting organizations, and information on clinical trials.