Next Free Webinar – November 15 at noon

How’s Your Posture? Postural Awareness: Chicken and Egg Situation

By: Sanjay Sarkar, Jane Pederson, Meghan Coleman

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Poor posture is one of the several etiologic factors linked to shoulder pain. Sitting posture has been documented as a risk factor in the development of upper quarter musculoskeletal pain in adolescents and children. In fact, thoracic kyphosis (hunched back phenomenon) has been postulated as a cause for shoulder pain in older adults. The cost for treatment of shoulder disorders in the U.S. in the year 2000 was estimated at $7 billion. With such huge costs to the society, the mechanisms involved in the development of poor posture deserves much attention.


  1. Discuss importance of postural awareness
  2. Understand and identify optimum posture
  3. Recognize and avoid poor posture
  4. Develop and recommend postural care

From Left to Right: Sanjay Sarkar, Jane Pederson, and Meghan Coleman




Sanjay Sarkar, MPT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Doctoral of Physical Therapy program, Concordia University. Dr. Sarkar’s research interests are the effects of aging, injury, disease, and therapeutic interventions on the structure and function of the shoulder.

Jane Pederson, MD, Chief Medical Quality Officer for Stratis Health. She provides leadership and clinical guidance to Stratis Health’s initiatives across healthcare settings. Dr. Pederson is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.

Meghan Coleman, DC, Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University, is a healthcare professional, educator, and advocate for older adult quality of life. Dr. Coleman is a governor’s appointee on the Minnesota Board on Aging.

Research and Related Articles

  1. Michener, L. A., McClure, P.
    W., & Karduna, A. R. (2003). Anatomical and biomechanical mechanisms of subacromial impingement syndrome. Clin.Biomech.(Bristol, Avon), 18(5), 369-379.
  2. Prins, Y., Crous, L., & Louw, Q. A. (2008). A systematic review of posture and psychosocial factors as contributors to upper quadrant musculoskeletal pain in children and adolescents. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 24(4), 221-242.
  3. Sarkar, S.; Ludewig, P. M. (2014). Comparison of 3D shoulder kinematics, thoracic posture and shoulder strength between asymptomatic elderly and young population.
  4. Meislin, R. J., Sperling, J. W., & Stitik, T. P. (2005). Persistent shoulder pain: Epidemiology, pathophysiology, and diagnosis. American Journal of Orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.), 34(12 Suppl), 5-9.



Past Free Webinar – October 17, 2017

Hearing Loss Matters (AKA, Hear for the Health of It!)

By: Mary Bauer, Hearing Specialist at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Handout – Hearing Loss Matters

Age-related hearing loss affects most of us: in our work with seniors, with family members and friends, and personally.  This webinar features recent research from John Hopkins that addresses the alarming consequences of untreated age-related hearing loss in seniors; including how it impacts their health, finances, relationships and safety.

Learn about the importance of early intervention, identify effective steps to take to address hearing loss, and discover ways to strengthen community supports through technology, effective communication strategies and best practice policies.

Implementing some or all of the strategies identified in this presentation will help improve the quality of life for seniors with hearing loss and help them become more engaged in their communities.

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