Past Free Webinar – How Sensory Changes with Aging can Impact Function – July 26th, 2023

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Click here to register now!

Handout How Sensory Changes with Aging Can impact function July 26 2023

Sensory changes occur naturally throughout life but, for many, become more noticeable in older adults.  In particular, changes in vision, hearing and the vestibular system can negatively impact one’s quality of life.

Three panelists will discuss these sensory changes in general terms, share how the changes impact older adult’s lives and explore interventions to address the sensory changes.  Panelists will also discuss their interest in their respective specialty area and outline the professional path taken to become an expert in their field.


  1. Understand the need for low vision care and learning of uncomplicated vision loss solutions.
  2. Learn how to optimize hearing aid service delivery and support for older adults with hearing loss.
  3. Understand how the vestibular system impact balance and how vestibular rehabilitation can improve balance impairment in older adults.
  4. Learn of the medical expertise and resources available to identify and support sensory changes in vision, hearing, and balance

Becky Olson-Kellogg PT, DPT

Dr. Becky Olson-Kellogg is a physical therapist, a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, and a Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults. Most of her clinical career was spent working in geriatric settings, hospitals, and in a specialized comprehensive balance center focused on persons with vestibular impairments. She has taught continuing education courses on vestibular rehabilitation across the country to help physical therapists more effectively evaluate and treat persons with vestibular impairments. She also recently completed 16 years on faculty in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Olson-Kellogg is a leader in the Minnesota Northstar Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program and serves on the Minnesota Board on Aging.


Chris Palmer, OD, FIALVS

Dr. Chris Palmer is a low-vision optometrist and a fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) (  He provides his unique, passionate, and practical care to those suffering from conditions including, among others: Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetes, Cataracts, RP, and Albinism. He serves patients from MN, and surrounding states using several Twin Cities area clinics. Using customized telescopic glasses like bioptics, reading telescopes and prismatics, Dr. Palmer helps people improve their abilities to drive, read their mail, play cards, recognize faces, and watch TV.

Dana Urbanski, Au.D., CCC-A

Dana Urbanski is a clinical audiologist and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Urbanski has clinical experience diagnosing and treating age-related hearing loss. Focused on optimizing hearing aid service delivery and support for older adults, her current dissertation research examines outcomes of over-the-counter hearing aid use in older adults living with dementia and their informal caregivers.