Gero-Punk Salon: The Soundtrack for Our Travels through the Life-Course

Hello to those of you dwelling in and around Portland, Oregon! What’s up? How’s it going? Any juicy questions you’ve been pondering about which you’d like to think together?

Well, as you might (or might not!) know, one of the central aspirations of the Gero-Punk Project is to create the causes and conditions for coming together to reflect upon and discuss Big Questions about our travels through the life-course. And so, on April 17th, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., we will be convening our second Gero-Punk Salon of 2o16 (with the wonderful support of Elders in Action).

Here are the details. Scroll down for more information!


The questions we’ll be exploring together during the Salon are:

How does music accompany our travels through the life-course?


When you envision yourself in the outer reaches of your life-course, what are the songs in your soundtrack?

Also — and this question takes courage to ponder:

From the vantage point of where you are and who you are now in your travels through the life- course,  when you contemplate your own dying process, what songs might you want to be listening to as you greet the Great Unknown?

All are welcome, so please join us for an afternoon of play, creativity, and thinking together! (Hey–feel free to bring some songs to share!)

–Jenny Sasser (and Dana Rae Parker, co-host and creator of the concept for and splendid art promoting this Gero-Punk Salon)

P.S. Have more questions about what we’ll be up to?  Feel free to contact me at

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 Salon: The Soundtrack for Our Travels through the Life-Course

  1. Kate Kelly says:

    Your Gero-Punk project sounds fascinating. I’m on the education committee at our local Crooked Tree Arts Center, and we have formed a sub-committee to develop a program that addresses the many people who are retiring to this area. We want a program that is inter-generational, and one that has a broader outreach to reach those who can’t make it to the center. I have met two other people with a background in Gerontology, so the three of us are trying to raise the awareness. The posts for your salon can be helpful to us. If you have any other info you can share, we would love it!
    Best as always
    Kate Kelly

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