Huntington's Disease Support Information

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San Diego Chapter
Bill Johntson
P.O. Box 19524
San Diego, CA 92159-0524
"Conquet" tri-annual
Dennis Mesnick
1017 F Street
San Diego, CA , 92101  
(619) 544-1792
Chapter Mission:
Information and Referrals; Professional Social Worker; Support Groups, Advocacy, Annual Chapter convention, support to HD families.
Chapter Information
Volunteers Needed!
Volunteer Chair:  Jennifer Mitchell
Phone:                     1-858-530-3092
Click here:             Volunteer On-Line
Support Groups
Orange Caregiver Resource Center
251 E. Imperial Hwy., Suite 460
Fullerton, Ca  92835
Phone:     1-714-578-8670 or 
Website:   Caregiver Resources
4th Monday of each month
6:00-8:00 PM
Scripps Mende Well Being
4305 La Jolla Village Dr.Suite L-5
San Diego, CA 92122
So. Caregiver Resource Cener
1-800-827-100  or
Jody Goldstein
Center of Excellence/Genetic Testing
Center of Excellence
HDSA Center of Excellence
UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest 
200 West Arbor Drive
Outpatient Center Third Floor Suite 1
San Diego, CA, 92103
Hotline:   (858) 622-5854
Hours of Operation:
Driving map and directions.
Director:  Jody Corey-Bloom  M.D., Ph.D
                    Professor of Neurosciences
Contact:   Jody Goldstein
Tel:             858-622-5854
Social Worker: Lisa Snyder
Tel:             858-622-5800
Perlman Ambulatory Care Center
9350 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
Center's Services:
The Clinic offers genetic testing and counseling; diagnosis; medication for movement disorders; cognitive and psychiatric evaluation and treatment; physical, occupational and speech therapy; caregiver and social services; and nutritional counseling.
Genetic Testing Facilities
Besides the HD CoE:
VA Medical Center - 116B
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Contact:  Dawn Stoll-Fernandes, MS
Phone:    (800) 827-1008
Fax:        (619) 268-7816
California's resources are excellent, and too many to list on this page.  Please click here to to view them:
 State Resources
Miscellaneous State Support
Guardianship Programs
A listing of guardianship programs in each state
Patient Advocacy Foundation State Locator
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Ensuring equal access to health care to all Americans. Find out what is available in your community.  Information available on (to mention only a few from the entire list): Children,  Children's Health Insurance Programs, Community Referral, Disability Services, Financial Assistance, Food Stamps, Health Care, Insurance, Legal, Medication/Drug Assistance and Special Needs
Private Fuel Funds
There are non-federal dollars available from local fuel funds, which frequently are contributed by your neighbors when they pay their utility bill. Ask the state energy assistance office for the local phone number of the fuel fund nearest your residence.
A directory of official state, county and goverment websites
Select from the list of State Benefit Program Contributors to read more about each State's benefits. To determine if you may be eligible to receive benefits you must select from the list of State Benefit Program Contributors and then click "am I eligible?" to begin the questionnaire.
State Resources-information or links related to Assistive Technologies, Disability Resources, Domestic Violence Legal Information, Family Legal Guides, Family Services, Guardianship Programs, Health & Human Services Quick Locators, Legal Assistance, Legal Forms - State & Federal, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver Programs, Social Security Offices, Summer Camp Programs, United Way~Local Support and more.
United Way-Search By Zip Code will provide you with information on the United Way in your area.  If they have a website, they usually have a section called "How Do I Get Help?"  Click on it and look for their "Quick Guide" (To Human Services) for help in your area. You can print it out.  Most guides are in PDF format and are a great resources to put on your refrigerator!
Other Resources
Applying For Government Benefits
Dental-Even if you cannot pay for dental care there are ways in which to receive help. Contact the American Dental Association (ADA) (1-800-621-8099) to learn about dentists who assist individuals on fixed incomes by offering their services at reduced fees. is a screening tool provided by the federal government to help you find government benefits that you may be eligible to receive.
There is no way to cover all of the issues one might possible need to consider when selecting insurance coverage. Provides information on Free Care, General Information, Children, Claims & Insurance Rates, Life Insurance, Long Term Care, Medicaid/Medicare and Pre-Existing Conditions and more.
Other Support Resources
Activities of Daily Living 
Activities of daily living are a commonly used term in the health care and professional caregiving world to describe a person's ability to care for him or herself. In a progressive disease, such as Huntington's, measuring your loved one's Daily Living capabilities on a frequent basis (quarterly, semi-annually or annually) can provide you and their primary care physician the ability to evaluate the severity of the changes and develop a plan of care that allows for meeting both the physical and psycho-social needs of the care recipient.
Information covered on this link is resources which might help HD families apply for Government and State disability benefits; how to estimate your benefits; makes appeals; how your physician can assist you; and links to information for professionals such as HDSA Chapter Social Workers as well as other resources. The information is designed to provide general advice only.
Communication/Speech in Huntington's Disease. Currently have descriptions of several things causing problems in HD such as Aphasia, Apraxia, Miscommunication, Cognitive Issues, plus many more. More to be added when time is available.
Looking for prescription drug insurance? Find information on prescription drug plans and plans. Look up any medication prescribed, check on Alternative medicines, and learn about safety issues. Learn about the "sliding scale" if you don't have insurance. See the "New Drug Checklist-Q&A's", "Keeping Track of Side Effects" Over-The-Counter stuff and more. Also excellent links to Rx Programs, Benefit Check Up, Medicare, and discount pharmaceutical drug discount programs. Information contained on the individual pages of this site is provided for your reference and convenience only.
Avoiding Probate, Conservator~Guardianship, Estate Planning, Living & Other Trusts, Wills & Beneficiaries, Employment Issues, Financial Aids. Divorce Issues, Legal, Emergency Planning and more.
What Is A Feeding Tube? When To Consider One. Feeding Tube Decision in HD, Tube Feeding in Advanced Stages of HD,Using Baby Foods, Oral & Dental Care, Jean Miller Articles & Checklist and a ton of resources including charts to help in care.
This website provides helpful forms to families living with Huntington's Disease to help organize their daily caregiving needs. It contains DOZENS of forms you can use everyday, most of them are in Word format for easy printing and sharing!
HD Medical Definitions
An accumulation of definitions I found which are sometimes used to describe symptoms of/or tests for HD or discuss other diseases or condition which have symptoms similar to Huntington's Disease. The list is very long, but interesting!
Huntington's Disease Symptoms
It is extremely important that you are familiar with all the possible symptoms, which might be affecting the quality of life for the person with HD. The symptoms appearing in this section can either be related to Juvenile Huntington's Disease, Huntington's Disease in adults, some other condition, or be caused by a side affect to medication(s). This site is still being updated and developed.
There is no way to cover all of the issues one might possible need to consider when selecting insurance coverage. Provides information on Free Care, General Information, Children, Claims & Insurance Rates, Life Insurance, Long Term Care, Medicaid/Medicare and Pre-Existing Conditions and more. If you would like more information on a particular subject, use one of the Search Engines to help you find it.
Information here is either directly about Juvenile Huntington's Disease, or other information, which will hopefully be helpful to families who have a child with JHD or are concerned about their child having JHD. Information from the old JHD site, which I can no longer access to make changes, is being moved here as time permits. When this is completed, this site will be deleted.
Caregiving articles written by Jean Miller, Betty Ann McDorman, Louise Wilkinson and others plus links to other articles.
There are quite a few articles that describe the various "stages" of HD. This site provides a Compilation of The [all] Stages Of HD. There are some resources available at the end of "stage" plus each one is in Word format for printing or sharing.
This section deals specifically with Swallowing problems associated with HD. It covers the description of problems in swallowing, therapies and products, questions to ask/FAQS, articles written specifically for HD, Safety & Warning Signs, brochures, special diets, the 5 levels of food consistency, testing procedures used to determine swallowing capacity, and more. Many items are available in Word for printing or sharing. Additional information and tips will be added as time permits.