Author Archives: Jenny Sasser

About Jenny Sasser

I am currently 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 my dog Happy. My daughter Isobel is a Freshman at Bard College in New York state. I have been on the planet 47 years.

Gero-Punk Preoccupation: Betty and Jake

We saw Jake and his human Betty almost every day when we (Happy-the-dog and me) walked or ran in our park. Both Jake and Betty were gray on their tips and edges. They’d both seen quite a lot of life … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Contemplation: Inviting our future older selves for a visit

Would you like to invite your future older self for a visit? Here are some questions to contemplate: When you attempt to visualize your older self, who and what do you see? How much older are you than you are … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Invitation: Our Future Older Selves

At least twenty years ago, I began to cultivate an intentional relationship with my future older self. I invited my future older self to visit me whenever I felt like it. The first time I met future me was during … Continue reading

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