Author Archives: Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.

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.

You are invited to a Gero-Punk play-date!

Greetings to you!  Those of you who are local or close to the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, please accept this invitation to participate in a Gero-Punk play-date! When: Sunday, December 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Where: Multnomah County Library Sellwood-Moreland Branch.  What’s … Continue reading

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A Gero-Punk Manifesto, reduxed and revised

I am a gero-punk (and a practitioner of Gerontological Anarchy). This is my manifesto. What is a “gero-punk,” you ask? Well, far be it from me to claim to have a definitive answer, but I will say this: to be … Continue reading

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Gero-Punk Remembrance: Soggy Grilled Cheese

Soggy Grilled Cheese  By Guest Essayist  Megan Schiele   Her voice came over the baby monitor as we were eavesdropping to hear what she was saying. “Where is the remote?” She often did that when she thought no one was … Continue reading

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