Gero-Punk Pop-Up: You are Invited!

Hello, fine folks living in the Portland, Oregon Metro area and surrounding environs!

The Gero-Punk Project will be convening the planet earth’s first ever Gero-Punk Pop-Up! We’ll be converging on Sunday, August 30th,  from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Westmoreland Park in Portland, Oregon.  Here’s a link to the park: Westmoreland Park

The theme of our pop-up is: Gero-Punk Self-Care.

What is “gero-punk self-care”? Well, one hint is that it focuses on walks, naps, and baths, in any order that suits you. There might also be hula hoops and jump ropes involved.  And beautiful food, which is a crucial part of any respectable gero-punk gathering, so feel free to bring a nutritious and yummy treat to share, since it will be brunch-time.

How will you find us at the park?  Well, we’ll be staking out the lovely shady spot that’s to the left of the path (if you are walking North) that is on the south-west approach to the casting pond.  And if that area is unavailable, we’ll find another sweet spot under the tall trees. We’ll have signs and people to guide you to the pop-up  location, so never fear that you’ll be wandering aimlessly. Though if you do find yourself wandering aimlessly, might I suggest you check out the nature playground?  (Wandering aimlessly is an important component of self-care, btw.)

Oh, and bring a blanket to sit on, just in case.

Need more details? Email me:

See you!


About Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.

I am a freelance educational gerontologist, writer, community activist and facilitator. 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 twenty (or more!) 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 inter-generational friendships and cross-generational collaborative inquiry. I am co-author, with Dr. Harry R. Moody of Aging: Concepts and Controversies (now in its 10th edition!) and first author, also with Moody, of the recently published Gerontology: The Basics, as well as author/co-author of several book chapters, articles and essays. I am on the Portland Community College Gerontology Program faculty.
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3 Responses to Gero-Punk Pop-Up: You are Invited!

  1. Nicola Bemister says:

    Have fun. Wish I was there, I would definitely come along.

  2. Jenny, I’d love to offer my services in sociometric action work — the more the merrier, and the more active the richer! Sounds FANTASTIC! Jackie

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