Author Archives: Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.

About Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.

I am a freelance educational gerontologist, writer, community activist and facilitator. As of 12/21/15, I am former Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University. I joined the faculty as an adjunct member of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program in 1997 and since that time, I've been involved in designing many on-campus and web-based courses and programs for adult learners, including in Gerontology. As an undergraduate I attended Willamette University, graduating Cum Laude in Psychology and Music; my interdisciplinary graduate studies at University of Oregon and Oregon State University focused on the Human Sciences, with specialization areas in adult development and aging, women’s studies, and critical social theory and alternative research methodologies. My dissertation became part of a book published in 1996 and co-authored with Dr. Janet Lee--Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society. Over the past fifteen years I have been involved in inquiry in the areas of creativity in later life; older women's embodiment; sexuality and aging; critical Gerontological theory; transformational adult learning practices; and cross-generational collaborative inquiry. I am co-author, with Dr. Harry R. Moody of Aging: Concepts and Controversies (8th edition). I live in Portland, Oregon with my dog Happy. My daughter Isobel is a Sophomore at Bard College in New York state. I have been on the planet 49 years.

Gero-Punk Playdate: Meet me at the Treehouse!

I’m really excited! I can hardly wait! On Thursday, February 11th, 2016, I get to have a Gero-Punk playdate at the Treehouse! You see, I’m embarking upon a field trip to Easthampton, Massachusetts, for a day of collaborative inquiry with … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Ponderings: How long has it been that we’ve been loving each other?

One of the ways we track where we are in our own travels through the life course is by noting where our close ones are in their travels through the life course. The occasion of celebrating the birthday of a … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Book Review: Gratitude

Who was it who told me — decades ago, now — that to become a better writer, one should read widely and well? I wish I remembered who it was because if I remembered, I would thank them for their … Continue reading

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