Gero-Punk Practice: Real-time Critical Gerontology

Calling all Gero-punks!  If you’ve got the head-space and time, I’d love to have you join me and my colleague (and dear mentor) Dr. Harry “Rick” Moody, director of academic affairs for the American Association of Retired Persons, as we engage in some real-time critical gerontology.  We’ll be co-facilitating two free, national webinars (see the information below) — My man Moody will be the gero-policy wonk, and I’ll be serving as gero-punk interlocutor.

Here’s the info.:

The Future of Medicare:
Understanding the Issues and Implications

Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST
Register online

This webinar promises a thoughtful, informed discussion of the difficult challenges we face as a country in reforming Medicare, with particular emphasis on issues and implications that will be important to professionals in the aging service and senior care network and to the clients and families they serve.

The New Aging Marketplace and Its Impact on Older Americans

Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST
Register online 

Americans over the age of 50 already control most of the financial assets of America and command an enormous share of consumer spending. In the next two decades, that proportion of older consumers will grow dramatically. Yet business organizations, inspired by “youth culture,” have been slow to recognize this marketplace in all its complexity. In this webinar, we look at the marketplace in terms of distinctive “silver industries” that will grow in years to come: health care, financial services, retirement housing, and travel and hospitality.  We look at opportunities and also at pitfalls, both for business and for older Americans themselves, as we move into this new aging marketplace.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope you can play with us!  It should be mildly hair-raising, fun and informative!

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.
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