MOUSE ALTERNATIVE FOR ESSENTIAL TREMOR

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  1. jamesd1981

    jamesd1981 Active Member

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    Hi all, I am looking for some advice for a mouse alternative for someone with shaky hands possibly essential tremor.

    I was watching my uncle struggle to accurately place the pointer on specific points and then click for instance closing a windows etc.

    I am trying to decide if either a trackball or trackpad would be best to give more control ?
     
  2. aldan

    aldan Active Member

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    is it just one hand or both?i only have a problem in my right hand,and so,have learned to use my left more.you can turn down the mouse sensitivity to an extent to alleviate the problem.
     
  3. jamesd1981

    jamesd1981 Active Member

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    Both hands, i know he could alter the pointer speed etc and there are some programs to make it easier, but he was clearly getting frustrated and i was hoping something like the pad or trackball would help him keep the same productivity without as much frustration.

    Having used small trackpads on laptops & obviously your phone works in a similar way, it can be much easier to run a finger across and he does not have as much trouble with his phone, but having never used a trackball myself it`s hard to physically imagine the feel & if it would be better or worse than a pad.
     
  4. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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  5. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    My father had similar dexterity issues and we got him a touchscreen monitor and it works very well for him and he doesn't get depressed or frustrated the way he used to.

    I know this means forking out some $$ but might be a nice option to give him flexibility and lessen his frustration.,
     
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  6. tremmor

    tremmor Well-Known Member

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    Make a trip to a store like bestbuy and try it out your self.
    What works for one person does not mean it will work for you.
    Try it out then make the decision. a regular mouse is the same way.
    Like some and not others.
    good luck...........
     
  7. UnholyVision

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    Only as a possible suggestion. There are a few feet board style mice. Some seem to be dead though as they didn't sell great. All I can really find now is the Boomer. Maybe Ebay or similar sites can fill that gap.
    http://boomerthefootmouse.com/

    I think there is also something called like stinky or sticky board. Yet I think that might be for gaming intentions.
     
  8. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    Touch screen or track ball would be my suggestion.
     
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  9. jamesd1981

    jamesd1981 Active Member

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    Thanks all, some great ideas, some bit pricey for surprise present to help him out.

    I think as suggested i will try 1 of the big tech stores and see if i can get an idea by using things like track ball or touchscreen monitor which would be the easiest to handle.
     
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  10. tremmor

    tremmor Well-Known Member

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    good choice, will be the right choice.
     

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