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 Preoccupations: Writers Write

A writer writes. Or fantasizes about what they hope to write. Or cogitates fragments of what might become future writing (and then hope they can record the fragments before they evaporate). Or worries about not writing enough or, sometimes, about … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Public Service Announcement: Gero-Punks of the World, Unite!

Okay, it’s that time again. Actually, it is well past that time again. But as I always tell my students, it is always better late than never. What time is it? It is time for a Gero-Punk public service announcement! … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Celebration: Happy Birthday, Harry R. Moody!

Upon the occasion of his 70th birthday, I celebrate Dr. Harry “Rick” Moody, Ph.D. I first met Dr. Moody in 1998 shortly after his lovely book The five stages of the soul was published.  Rick came to Marylhurst University to … Continue reading

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