What do you appreciate best about the age you are right now?
I appreciate that even after many serious injuries over the past five decades, I am mostly able to do with my body what I want to do. If I must, I can lift a heavy box. I can sweep the floor and collect the stuff into the dustpan (though my poor eyes don’t always see all of the dander and dirt). Most of the time I can with some effort unscrew a stubborn lid from a jar, as long as the circumference of the lid isn’t too great (my left hand is stronger than my right hand, but both hands are scaled small). Even more important to me, I can crouch down on my creaky knees so as to be able to take a photo of exquisitely colorful sea-creatures revealed by the low tide.
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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