Friday, March 30, 2012

Baby Boomer Statistics

When World War II came to an end and soldiers returned home to the United States, an enormous number of babies were born. This population explosion, coined the Baby Boom by sociologists, lasted from 1946 to 1964.

  • In 1957, there were 4,300,000 babies born setting a record for the highest number of births ever recorded.
  • In the first year of the Baby Boom, 1946, there were 3,411,000 recorded births.
  • The Baby Boom ended in 1964 with 4,027,000 recorded births.
  • In 1964, Baby Boomers represented 40 percent of the population. Today, they make up 28 percent of the total population of the United States.
  • Of the total population of Baby Boomers, women make up 51 percent.
  • A Baby Boomer turns 50 every 8.5 seconds.

The Aging of Baby Boomers

  • On January 1, 2006, the first Baby Boomer turned 60.
  • Women who are currently 50 have a life expectancy of 82.5.
  • Men who are currently 50 have a life expectancy of 78.5.
  • In 1965, 36 percent of the population of the United States was under the age of 18.
  • Currently, only 18 percent of the population is under the age of 18.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Essential Tremor Webinars

ET Webinars
The IETF has developed a series of webinars on essential tremor narrated by movement disorder specialists who are leaders in the field. Click on the link below to launch the presentation. Viewers can click on any section of the topic to begin at specific points.
This webinar series was made possible by an educational grant from St. Jude Medical. DVDs of these presentations are not available at this time.


Free Essential Tremor Publications

The International Essential Tremor Foundation provides a range of free education publications about essential tremor (ET). The publications can be viewed online, downloaded, and printed.

Learn facts about ET, coping tips, medications, considerations for children with ET, and much more.

Or contact the IETF at 888.387.3667 to order a free information packet about ET.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Difference Between Essential Tremor and Parkinson's Disease

Members of the IETF Medical Advisory Board created a simple reference guide that lists basic distinctions between ET and PD signs and symptoms. Click the link above for a free PDF that can be downloaded and printed.

More free publications about essential tremor are available here:

March is National Essential Tremor Awareness Month

In December 2010, Congress passed a House resolution that officially designates March as "National Essential Tremor Awareness Month."
National Essential Tremor Awareness Month provides people with ET and the International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) with a key platform to educate the public about the condition, as well as raise much needed research funds. While 10 million people in the United States have essential tremor, the public still has very little awareness of ET. Because the condition can be treated in many cases, it is important for people to seek help early if they exhibit symptoms. With your assistance, we can reach more people this year.