Approximately 41 million patients worldwide1 are living with essential tremor and the debilitating symptoms that can make everyday tasks feel almost impossible. With more and more apps available, we have listed some of the best out there on iOS and Android, which can help with anything from keeping a record of your tremor to improving the layout of your keyboard.
The BIG Launcher enlarges icons and buttons on the screen of any Android smartphone or tablet. Helping users with limited motor skills, the app enhances the readability of the screen giving simple and easy-to-read navigation for all apps, contacts and widgets on the screen.
Turn your smartphone into a therapeutic tool that helps to improve fine motor skills and handwriting through a series of hand exercises. Using the touch screen, the app aims to build strength, control, and dexterity. For iTunes only, click here.
A handy virtual assistant that can use your voice to dictate a text message or email, create Facebook status updates or a Tweet, and anything in between. The app can take the frustration out of typing and will also help users navigate their smartphones by launching music, sharing locations and finding directions.
Brought to you by the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF), this app covers the basics of what ET is, the treatment options available, and comparisons with other movement disorders. It also features information about upcoming patient education events and a notification feature with events near you. For iTunes and Android, click here.
Using the smartphone’s built in accelerometer to track movement, this app will record the extent of the user’s tremor and use this information to calculate its magnitude. By recording the tremor on a normal day and setting this as the baseline tremor, users will be able to keep a journal of their tremors and compare changes in severity.
Similar to Lift Pulse, this app also lets you record, analyze, and track hand tremors. Users are able to assess their tremors over a period of time and keep track of the changes. It also allows you to upload the results as text files to iCloud Drive, or share and import them to other personal health record apps. For iTunes, click here.
A keyboard which can make typing easier by adapting the layout of the keys for each user. Available only as an iPad app, Typeway automatically adjusts the layout and placement of the keys depending on your typing style, skill level, or habits. For iTunes only, click here.
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Please feel free to contact us if you know of additional helpful apps for essential tremor patients so that we can update this list from time to time.