Differentiating Between ET and Parkinson’s Disease
Most everyone has heard of Parkinson’s disease, but essential tremor is not as well known. The two conditions often get mixed up because they share the “tremor” symptom. However, there are distinct differences.
Dr. Rajesh Pahwa, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center, compares the two conditions and shares some tips to help people distinguish between them in our new video “Differentiating Between Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease.”
Special thanks go out to the Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Foundation for their generous gift to the IETF which helped make this video possible.
A quick reference fact sheet, “ET vs Parkinson’s” is also available on the IETF website.
Dine with Dignity with Meal Lifter
Mealtime presents one of the biggest challenges for people with essential tremor. Shaking makes it difficult to steady a fork or spoon full of food, and some foods become completely off limits.
Anne Royer believes everyone deserves to dine with dignity. That’s why she created the Meal Lifter. Meal Lifter is a sturdy platform that holds and elevates a 9-inch plate, decreasing the distance from the plate to the mouth when eating. The mission is simple: to give every person the ability to eat independently, with ease and dignity.
The Meal Lifter is the subject of our latest Talking Essential Tremor podcast, “Dine with Dignity with Meal Lifter.” IETF Executive Director Patrick McCartney visits with Anne as she discusses the features of the Meal Lifter, which was originally created for her mother-in-law who had tremors from Parkinson’s disease.
After listening in, go to the Meal Lifter website to learn more.
Pay Tribute to Loved Ones with a Memorial Gift
Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to and honor those who have served our country. Over the years, it also has become a day of remembrance of loved ones who have passed.
As Memorial Day approaches, consider honoring a loved one with a memorial contribution to the IETF. There is no set minimum contribution and all memorials are posted on the IETF website and in Tremor Talk magazine.
We often see memorial contributions this time of year and also around birthdays and anniversaries of loved ones.
As with all donations to the IETF, memorial donations are tax-deductible.