Awareness, education, support and research for people affected by essential tremor.
Essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease although essential tremor is eight times more common, affecting an estimated 7 to 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide.
Essential tremor is a life-altering condition that makes everyday living a test of ingenuity, perseverance and self-esteem. Daily activities such as writing a letter, dressing and eating cause frustration. The IETF provides educational information to all who request it, at no charge.
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The IETF has distributed more than $975,000 in research grants, to fund promising studies in the search for the cause of and cure for essential tremor.
Each year, the IETF awards up to six $3,000 scholarships to qualified post-high school students of all ages, to lessen the burden of higher education. The scholarships can be used for supplies, books or tuition at licensed, accredited institutions of higher education (including trade schools) and are paid directly to the educational institution.