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What You Should Know About National Essential Tremor Awareness Month

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month. As a family caregiver this is the ideal opportunity for you to learn about this condition and how it can impact your elderly loved one’s life. A neurological condition that can resemble a variety of conditions, essential tremor can make a tremendous impact on your parent’s well-being, and require extensive care and support to prevent potentially serious consequences. Understanding this condition and the type of care that your elderly loved one might need as a result of this condition is an important step in ensuring that your senior gets the type of treatment, management, and care that is right for them and that will help them to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place.

Some things that you should know about essential tremor include:
• Approximately 10 million people throughout the United States are currently living with essential tremor
• Essential tremor is the leading cause of tremor
• There is a misdiagnosis rate of between 25 and 35 percent for essential tremor
• Most frequently, essential tremor is misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease, but as many as eight times as many people as have Parkinson’s disease are actually suffering from essential tremor
• Though it is more common in older adults, essential tremor can and does occur in much younger people as well
• There is some indication that essential tremor has a genetic element and that a person who has a parent who suffered essential tremor has a 50 percent chance of developing the condition
• Studies have shown that 60 percent of people who have essential tremor are not actually helped by the few medications that are available to treat this condition
• Approximately 4 to 5 percent of people between the ages of 40 and 60 are living with essential tremor
• The incidence rate for elderly adults over the age of 59 is between 6.3 percent and 9 percent

Essential tremor can be mild or severe, but even slight cases can make a negative impact on your parent’s quality of life and functioning. If you have noticed any type of tremor in your aging loved one, it is important to get in touch with their medical team so that they can get on the course of treatment and management that is right for them.
Essential tremor can be a life-changing symptom that influences nearly everything that your aging parent does each day. Starting elder care for them can be a powerful way to help your senior continue to pursue the active, engaged, independent, and fulfilling lifestyle that they desire, while also managing their condition and helping them to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable as they age in place. The highly personalized care, support, encouragement, and assistance that this elderly home care services provider can give to your loved one can help them to feel more confident in their daily living, and reduce the risk of serious issues such as falls. This can give you peace of mind knowing that your loved one is getting everything that they need both when you are able to be with them, and when you are not.

Source
http://www.essentialtremor.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/FactSheet012013.pdf
https://www.essentialtremor.org/awarenesstools/et-awareness-month-donation/
http://www.caringnews.com/en/116/1/199/March-Is-National-Essential-Tremor-Awareness-Month.htm

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care in Lilburn, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.