Charlie Cornacchio

Charlie Cornacchio

News Anchor

RHINEBECK –  The staff at ArchCare at Ferncliff are finally drying off this morning after an awareness event Wednesday.

In an effort to raise awareness and support for people suffering with Huntington’s disease, patients at ArchCare had an opportunity to hose down staff members dressed in blue, the signature color for Huntington’s.

The event was the official Kick Off of the Team Hope walk which will take place on Nov. 4, 2017 on the Walkway Over The Hudson.  That event will further the cause of raising funds and awareness about the challenges those afflicted with Huntington’s face each day.

Huntington’s disease is an inherited disease that causes the progressive degeneration of nerve cells in the brain. HD has a broad impact on a person’s functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking and psychiatric disorders.

Most people with Huntington’s disease develop signs and symptoms in their 30s or 40s. But the disease may emerge earlier or later in life.

Medications are available to help manage the symptoms of Huntington’s disease, but treatments can’t prevent the physical, mental and behavioral decline associated with the condition.

First symptoms vary among affected people. The movement disorders associated with HD can include both involuntary movement problems and impairments in voluntary movements, such as:

  • Involuntary jerking or writhing movements
  • Muscle problems, such as rigidity or muscle contracture
  • Slow or abnormal eye movements
  • Impaired gait, posture and balance
  • Difficulty with the physical production of speech or swallowing

For more information about ArchCare at Ferncliff in Rhinebeck, click here

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