What Are My Options?

A pivotal step for those living with Huntington’s disease involves immersing themselves in research and adopting strategies that can be seamlessly incorporated into daily life. Research is key to finding effective treatments, a cure and accurate strategies that can make a difference. In 2000, an article published in the journal Nature demonstrated for the first time that environmental factors could delay the onset or slow the progress of the genetic brain disorders, setting the stage for further exploration.

Professor Anthony Hannan who is based at the Florey Institute in Melbourne Victoria has continued to explore this premise and has found that the brain can change itself, emphasising the potential for positive change if strategies are implemented. Through his research, Professor Hannan has discovered that cognitive stimulation and increased physical activity has a vital role in promoting brain health.

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We provided the first evidence in Huntington’s disease that chronic stress, and even just elevating levels of stress hormone, can bring forward particular symptoms.

Professor Anthony Hannan

Head of Neural Plasticity, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

By recognising the link between physical and mental well-being, individuals impacted by Huntington’s disease can take proactive measures to manage the onset and progression of symptoms. Incorporating activities that provide cognitive stimulation, such as puzzles or learning new skills, and embracing regular physical exercise can make a tangible difference. By prioritising both physical and brain health, individuals within Huntington’s families can actively contribute to enhancing their overall quality of life.

Keeping Active

Keeping yourself physically and mentally active is an important part of staying healthy. But did you know that this is especially important if you are at risk of Huntington’s disease, gene positive or diagnosed with Huntington’s disease?

Cognitive & Mental Wellbeing

Mental illness is prevalent in both the general public and individuals with Huntington’s disease. Medications, treatments, and activities can help manage these challenges and improve overall wellbeing.

Balanced Diet

It can be a tricky proposition to implement a nutritious diet and have a quality of life. Our recommendation to achieve both is to have everything in moderation. 

Reducing Stress

Changes in the brain over time can lead to increased low moods, anxiety, irritability, and depression. Engaging in mindfulness and meditation can effectively manage these emotions, offering stress reduction.