Gero-Punk Salon Reminder: Come Play!

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Hello!  How are you doing?

What new ideas or experiences are you excited about?

What new questions are swirling around in your beautiful mind?

Read any inspiring books lately?

Well, I’d love to hear all about everything!

If you live in or near the Portland, Oregon metro area, why not hang-out with me at the upcoming Gero-Punk Salon on Sunday, June 9th, 1-3 p.m. PST. at the Multnomah County Library Sellwood-Moreland Branch. 

And just so’s you know, it is quite unlikely that I’ll have finished reading Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age, by Mary Pipher, in time for the salon. (In fact, I may not finish it at all, ever.  It turns out it isn’t really my cup ‘o tea.)

If you have finished reading this book, I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts about what inspired you and what left you yearning for more (or different) insights and information about women’s mid- and later-life experiences. And if you haven’t finished nor even started this book, no worries! Come one, come all!

I was thinking it might be fun to spend a portion of the salon engaging in a show-and-tell. Feel free to bring your list of must-reads (and must-sees?) about gender and aging, as well as any other topics related to our complex travels through the life-course.  (And not only as pertains to cisgender women, but for all human beings in our exquisite, wild variety!)

I might also bust out a collaborative creative activity to shake things up a bit. Play and collaboration and spontaneity and complexity and creativity and rebellion are at the heart of the Gero-Punk Project. Have I piqued your interest?

I hope to see you there!


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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18 Responses to Gero-Punk Salon Reminder: Come Play!

  1. youmustbethechange2 says:

    I stopped reading and never finished also! It was not my cup of tea, either! Thanks

  2. i’m in portland this week for the national cohousing association conference

  3. Ken Pyburn says:


    I have loved this idea since you first mentioned it, and I have much to share as it turns out my 9th decade has turned into a genuine adventure, moving this weekend into my very own condominium in Vancouver WA but if I can swing it, and feel settled next Sunday count me in. That is of course if there is still a place for an old codger in this Gero-Punk world.

  4. Barbara Stross says:

    I agree on the Rowing North critique. But hope to be there and enjoy the company.

  5. Sarah says:

    Wish I could join you for the play date, but I’ll be travellinf and exploring some places from my youth! Have fun, sarah

  6. Julie Williamson says:

    Just wanting to know where you meet and time.

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