Assistive Devices

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Liftware by LiftLabs


Liftware is a stabilizing handle and a selection of attachments designed to help people with hand tremor eat more easily. It automatically stabilizes so the attached utensil shakes 70% less than your hand. Liftware works best with mild to moderate tremor.

To get started with Liftware, order the Liftware starter kit ($295.00), which includes the stabilizing handle and a soup spoon attachment. Additional attachments are sold separately ($34.95 each). Order online on the Liftware website. **Just for the holidays, the starter kit price has been reduced to $195.00. This promotion will run through December 31, 2015.**

If you have essential tremor but cannot afford Liftware, you can apply to receive a free, refurbished, starter kit donated by Liftware. Please complete this application to be considered. Please note that the IETF does not pay for Liftware, nor does it solicit donations to pay for Liftware. We assist in distributing Liftware starter kits that have been donated.

Stay Bowl
StayBowlBecause of the handle and non-skid base, Stay Bowl helps people who have difficulty eating due to lack of upper body and/or extremity control enjoy mealtime again. With an ergonomic, soft-feel handle that balances and stabilizes the bowl while simultaneously providing support to the upper body, this bowl allows for controlled movement of food to the mouth. Made from polycarbonate; scratch resistant, dishwasher and microwave safe. Price: $12.95 and offered by Maddak Ableware.

KEatlery Weighted Utensils
KEatleryWeightedUtensilSet_ElderstoreKEatlery utensils are weighted high quality 18/8 stainless steel utensils. Dining with KEatlery utensils, as with other weighted utensils, will lessen your hand tremors, allowing you to eat more successfully and with greater skill. And, they have the appearance of good quality flatware.

The handles of these adaptive utensils are solid which gives them their extra heavy weight. Each utensil weighs approximately 8 ounces. A slight indentation on the handles places your fingers in a comfortable ergonomic position. The soup spoon has a recessed edge and a slightly deeper bowl to assist in preventing spills. These utensils are dishwasher safe and are between seven and nine inches in length, depending upon the piece. Sold as a set of four. $39.95. More details.

Rocker Knife
rocking-t-knife_CaregiverProductsThe Rocker Knife with T-handle is an easy-to-use adaptive knife that cuts food with a rocking motion. The 4 1/2 inch stainless steel single-edge curved blade easily cuts through food and can be sharpened like any other kitchen knife. The knife is easy to use – simply apply gentle pressure to the handle with your whole hand then simply rock back and forth. Available with a wood or plastic handle for $18.95. Order yours from

Good Grips® Weighted Utensils
The 6 oz. (170g) of added weight in the built-up handle of this product provides more control so that the utensil reaches the mouth easier. Good Grips® are ideal for persons with limited hand control and tremor.  The sample kit includes a teaspoon, tablespoon, soup spoon, fork and rocker knife. You can get the set for $59.95 or purchase each piece individually for $12.95 each. Call North Coast Medical Inc. toll free at 800.235.7054, or visit their website for more information.



MagnaReady Shirt MagnaReady offers classic dress shirts with magnetically-infused buttons, making it easy for anyone with limited motor skills to dress independently. MagnaReady’s hand-sewn shirts are 100% cotton, stain resistant and wrinkle-free. They are available in men’s sizes S-XXL, and offered in white, blue or plaid for $59.99 each.  For women, the company sells a classic tailored striped Oxford crafted from cotton. Styling includes a tapered look, forward-point collar with white collar, cuffs and placket, plus single-button barrel cuffs with signature darts.  Boys and girls outerwear is also available via the MagnaMini website. Learn more at and

Buck & Buck
Buck & Buck has been providing clothing solutions for more than 33 years. What began in Seattle as an adaptive clothing service for nursing facilities in the late 70s, has grown to become the national leader in the design and manufacture of specialized clothing. Clothing designed with snap closures, VELCRO® Brand closures and zippers help make getting dressed easier. Visit their store.

Weighted Button Aid
WeightedButtonAid_CaregiverProductsThe Weighted Button Aid features a heavy, vinyl grip handle with contoured finger grips. People with tremor will find the added weight in the handle helps to stabilize their hand. The stainless steel wire loop button hook securely and easily pulls a button through the clothing eyelet. The Weighted Button Aid weighs about 8 oz and measures 7-1/2 inches long. Available for $12.95 from



Technical Resources

Medical History Bracelet

medical history bracelet

The CARE Medical History Bracelet, an easy-to-use electronic medical bracelet. Created by GC Publishers, this device can be loaded and viewed from any computer, MAC or PC. Learn more.


TypeWay is an iPad-only app that supports 10-finger typing with automatic adaptation of the key configuration. Enables 10-finger touch-typing on the keyboard layout and automatically adapts to hands and certain typing habits.  It costs just $0.99 to download from iTunes.

This iPad app is a customizable keyboard and adaptive notepad with word prediction and text-to-speech features. It enables the user to quickly and easily create customized keyboard layouts including the ability to assign each key a designated letter, word, sentence or picture; merge cells together to form larger keys; create audio recordings and convert text-to-speech with words highlighted as they are spoken. $19.99 at iTunes.

Dexteria – Fine Motor Skill Development
Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) to improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity. Price: $3.99 and it is available at iTunes.

BIG Launcher
The BIG Launcher replaces the user interface of any phone or tablet with Android 2.1 or higher. It provides maximum readability via enlarged icons and large buttons that are easy to use and customize. Set up an unlimited number of screens with apps, contacts, shortcuts or widgets. Swipe between them or use the buttons to group related functions. Price: $10.00. Learn more at the Google Play store.

Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Assistant is a virtual assistant for Android that can perform a wide variety of functions including conversion of speech to text and text to speech commands, dialing to texting, launching music, share location, find directions and more. The “always on” assistant can dial into scheduled conference calls, compose email and read calendar alerts, Facebook Newsfeed updates and text messages. Enjoy this virtual assistant for FREE at the Google play store.


Computer Aids

MouseCage 1.05
Software automatically smooths mouse cursor motion to reduce the effects of unsteady or shaky hands. Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP x32, Windows Server 2003 x32, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista x32, Windows Vista x64, Windows 7 x32, Windows 7 x64. Free 7-day trial. $39.95. View their website for more details.

SteadyMouse Hand Tremor Mouse Accessibility Software
This is FREE software designed to assist people with hand tremor. Major Features: Anti-tremor mouse filtering. Removal of accidental mouse clicks. Assistive “Icon Targeting” system. Quick enable/disable using the scroll lock key. Simple design for easy configuration. Visit the SteadyMouse website for more more information.

Chester Creek VisionBoard 2 Keyboard
ChesterCreekVisionBoard2The VisionBoard2 keyboard’s big 1″x1″ square keys and large, bold black-on-yellow letters and numbers help users to improve readability and reduce eyestrain. Users with low vision or hand tremor can increase and improve capabilities with greater comfort and control. Simple USB connection. Operating System: Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, MAC OS 10.1.5 and higher. Price: $70.45. Learn more at

BigKeys LX Keyboards
BigKeysLXBigKeys LX is a standard-sized desktop keyboard with 60 oversized keys with easy to read labels. All of the bright white, high contrast keys on BigKeys LX are 1-inch square — almost 4 times bigger than the keys on a standard keyboard. BigKeys keyboards are compatible with all major software packages. No special software is required: the keyboard is just plugged into the computer in place of the regular keyboard. Price: $159. Visit their website to learn more.


Writing Devices

Poppin Pen
Poppin PenIETF member Tracy Joslin often found her shaky hands to be an obstacle – until she discovered the Poppin Pen. These heavy-weighted, ball-point pens provide the stability needed to accomplish everyday writing tasks. “My penmanship used to be perfect, and it is nice to gain some control back,” says Tracy. At a retail price of $14, Tracy recommends the metal pen for those who struggle with hand tremor. Pens can be purchased at in a wide array of fun colors.

Weighted Universal Holder for Pens and Pencils
WeightedUniversalHolder_ElderstoreThese Weighted Universal Holders help individuals hold pens, pencils and other round or irregular shaped objects. The heavy weight of the holder allows the user to write, draw, paint or brush their teeth independently. When using the holder for writing, it requires very little pressure if held in an upright position.

Each holder will hold most round or irregular shaped items from 1/8 to 7/16 inches in diameter. The Standard holder weighs 6.5 ounces, is 3/4 inches in diameter, and costs $20.95. The Deluxe holder weighs 7 ounces, is 1-1/8 inches in diameter, has a plastic vinyl cover, and costs $22.95. Order yours from the elderstore.

PenagainAlong with new enhancements like a pocket clip, retractable cap, easier refilling and more streamlined ergonomics, the new Ergo-Sof PenAgain® is also finished with a soft rubber coating that adds extra comfort and style to the tension-free “No Grip” design. All Ergo-Sof pens come with two additional black refills. Starting at $4.99. Visit to choose your favorite color.


Steady Write Pen
The Steady Write Pen is designed to help improve the handwriting of people with hand limitations. The triangular base balances and guides the hand as you write to smooth out shaky penmanship.  Steady Write Pen is 7 inches long, 6 inches wide and 2 inches high, and sells for $7.18 at the Active Forever online store. Made in the USA.



Essential Tremor: What the Experts SayEssential Tremor: What the Experts Say
The IETF is excited to offer the new, e-book, Essential Tremor: What the Experts Say, exclusively available to annual donors who make a contribution of $30 or more. Through this comprehensive collection of informative articles, you’ll gain insight and a better understanding of essential tremor through the knowledge of the world’s finest movement disorders specialists and experts.

Now in its third edition, the e-book features over 80 articles filled with invaluable information for you to reference time and time again. The e-book is compatible with any e-Reader, as well as available for download in PDF format.

The IETF thanks the many physicians, health care providers, and other individuals that contributed time and effort to make these articles possible. These people have contributed greatly to the success of the IETF over the years.

Make your annual donation today and receive the new, e-book, Essential Tremor: What the Experts Say (and a 1-year subscription to Tremor Talk magazine) as our way of saying thank you.

Deep Brain Stimulation: A New Life for People with Parkinson’s, Dystonia and Essential Tremor
By Kelvin Chou, MD, Susan Grube, RN, MSN, and Parag Patil, MD, PhD
Everything you need to know about deep brain stimulation. From the first consideration to long-term care, this is an invaluable resource that patients, their families, and their physicians will want at their fingertips. $19.95 Order here.

I Can’t Stop Shaking
By Sandy Kamen Wisniewski
Sandy, who was diagnosed with ET at the age of 14, wrote a personal essay entitled “I Couldn’t Stop Shaking” for Woman’s Day magazine in 2001. Now, she shares her story of living with ET – and the stories of others – in her book. Also included within this book is a medical chapter written by Peter A. LeWitt, MD, a movement disorder neurologist. Available in paperback for $13.46. Buy it on Amazon.

Essential Tremor: The Facts
By Drs. Mark Plumb and Peter Bain
Provides a comprehensive guide to understanding ET and minimizing its impact. It begins with a close look at what ET is and how it is diagnosed. It also details who gets the disorder, the causes and how it affects day to day lives, current treatment options, along with patient advice on how to cope with the stigma of ET. The book concludes with a chapter on the prospects of a potential cure. Dr. Mark Plumb is a geneticist who has had ET since childhood. Dr Peter Bain is an international authority on tremor, movement disorders and deep brain stimulation. $20.65 Get it on Amazon.

Orthostatic Tremor: Am I the Only One?
By Jane Baker Conner
A rare neurological movement disorder, Orthostatic Tremor continues to baffle medical science. The author shares her experiences in order to: 1) help identify orthostatic tremor symptoms, 2) explain the alternative of deep brain stimulation, 3) describe practical ways to manage the unique challenges of OT, 4) teach how to cope with an HMO’s process of securing outside referral, and 5) offer hope for living with a disorder that currently has no cure. Available in paperback and Kindle. Get it on Amazon.

Carson and his Shaky Paws Grampa
By Kirk Hall and illustrated by Alison Paolini
Carson and His Shaky Paws Grampa, the first book in the Shaky Paws Grampa series, is a story about the relationship and love between a grandfather (who has both Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor) and his seven-year-old grandson. The story is designed to help parents and grandparents comfortably talk about the early onset of tremor and address common questions and concerns children may express. $15.95. Order yours here.


General Links

Many items are available on Amazon. Access Amazon through so that a portion of your purchase price is donated back to the IETF.

Caregiver – Another online destination for adaptive technology and home care products. and – A blog and site with plenty of resources and products for people with mobility needs.