Essential Tremor Support Group2nd Thursday of the month
Next Meeting: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:00pm
March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month
“We believe that our group members and our programs provide help and information about a condition that can be difficult and embarrassing,” says group leader John Watterson.
Essential tremor is a neurological condition that causes shaking of the head, hands, and voice. An estimated 10 million people in the United States have essential tremor (ET). According to the International Essential Tremor Foundation in Lenaxa, KS, National Essential Tremor Awareness Month provides an opportunity to increase awareness of this condition and provide helpful information that have or might have ET.
While not life-threatening, ET is a serious and progressive condition that can significantly affect a person’s quality of life—socially, professionally, and emotionally. People with ET often have difficulty with everyday activities such as getting dressed, eating, drinking, speaking or writing.
Of 20-plus different kinds of tremor, essential tremor (ET) is the most common. Also known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, ET is a neurological condition often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystopia. Due to misguided beliefs and lack of awareness, many people with this condition never seek medical care though most would benefit from treatment. This group is both educational and supportive.
International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF)
The IETF funds research to find the cause of essential tremor (ET) that leads to treatments and a cure, increases awareness, and provides educational materials, tools, and support for healthcare providers, the public, and those affected by ET. Learn more about the IETF.
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Contact: John Watterson 434.973.2510