​​​​​​​Problems of hearing, vision and aging will be the subject of the symposium

Bethel will host the inaugural Symposium on Aging and the Senses, created by a recent estate gift to the college, on Thursday, October 20, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Krehbiel Auditorium at the Luyken Fine Arts Center.

It’s free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.bethelks.edu/academics/convocation-lectures/senses-aging-symposium or by calling 316-284-5250.

The symposium, which is intended to be biennial, is the result of a fund established in honor of the late Jacob T. and Lola M. Friesen of North Newton.

According to their family, the Friesens were known for their “lifetime” commitment to serving others, including leadership in the Mennonite Church and involvement in community service.

The Senses and Aging Fund aims to perpetuate this heritage.

Other symposium sponsors for 2022 are Bluestem Communities and Wichita’s Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center.

Speakers will address issues related to vision and hearing.

Karen Kendrick, OTR/L, CLVT, will present “Signs of Low Vision and Fall Risk Prevention”.

She is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Low Vision Therapist with Envision and has practiced low vision rehabilitation on an outpatient basis for the past 18 years.

She has a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Newman University in Wichita and is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham Low Vision Graduate Certificate Program.

While Kendrick speaks in person, Angela Loucks Alexander, Au.D., MNZAS, CCC-A, will give her presentation, “Auditory Processing Disorder in Adults: Testing and Treatment,” from her home in Australia.

Alexander, a Newton native, earned his doctorate in audiology from the University of Kansas. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorder (APD).

His TEDx talk, “Escape the Hidden Prison of Auditory Processing Disorder,” was the most-watched TEDx in the world in September 2021.

She hosts the “Between Two Ears” podcast and directs the Auditory Processing Institute, where she trains audiologists and speech-language pathologists to provide APD services. She also created a map viewable online at APDsupport.com

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Recognized for its academic excellence, Bethel ranks 14th in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges” and No. 24 in the US News and World Report ranking of “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest,” both for 2022-23. Bethel is the only college or university in Kansas to be named a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) campus center. For more information see www.bethelks.edu

Jessica C. Bell