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Aging: Concepts and Controversies

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Presenting current research in an innovative format, Aging: Concepts and Controversies encourages students to become involved and take an informed stand on the major aging issues that we face as a society. Leading author and active expert in gerontology Rick Moody provides thorough explanation of the issues in the Concepts sections and current research in the Controversy sections, demonstrating the close link between concepts and controversies in these broad areas of aging: health care, socioeconomic trends, and the life course.

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Harry R. Moody is a graduate of Yale University and received his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University. He has taught philosophy at Columbia University, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. For 25 years he was at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he served as cofounder and Executive Director. With the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC, he served as Codirector of its National Policy Center. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and several books: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (1988), Ethics in an Aging Society (1992), and most recently The Five Stages of the Soul (1997), a study of spiritual growth in the second half of life. He is known for his work in older adult education and served as Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and edits the newsletter The Soul of Bioethics. Dr. Moody recently retired as the Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. He also serves as Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures.



Jennifer R. Sasser is Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Department of Human Sciences, and coordinates the gerontology program, at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. She joined the Marylhurst faculty in 1997 and since that time has been involved in the design and implementation of many on-campus and Web-based courses and programs for adult learners, including the graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in gerontology. As an undergraduate she attended Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon, graduating cum laude in psychology and music; her 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. While conducting her doctoral work at OSU she was a graduate teaching and research fellow, as well as the first recipient of the AARP/Andrus Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Gerontology. Her doctoral dissertation became part of a book published by Routledge in 1996 and coauthored with Dr. Janet Lee, titled Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society. Over the past 20 years Jennifer has been involved in inquiry in the areas of creativity in later life; older women’s embodiment; critical gerontological theory; and transformational adult learning practices. Jennifer served on the Oregon Gerontological Association Board of Directors starting in 2005 and was President of the Board for three years. She is a 2012 recipient of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Distinguished Teacher award.

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Harry R. Moody is a graduate of Yale University and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. He has taught philosophy at Columbia University, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz.  He recently retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC.  He is currently Visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Japan, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fielding Graduate University.  Dr. Moody previously served as Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). Moody is the author of over 100 scholarly articles, as well as a number of books including: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society (Columbia University Press, 1988) and Ethics in an Aging Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992). His most recent book, The Five Stages of the Soul, was published by Doubleday Anchor Books and has been translated into seven languages worldwide.  He is the editor of a newsletter, "Human Values in Aging," reaching 10,000 subscribers each month. In 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society on Aging and in 2008 he was named by Utne Reader Magazine as one of  “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”



Jennifer R. Sasser is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, where she coordinates the gerontology program. She joined the Marylhurst faculty in 1997 and since that time has been involved in the design and implementation of many on-campus and Web-based courses and programs for adult learners, including the graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in gerontology. While conducting her doctoral work at Oregon State University, she was a graduate teaching and research fellow, as well as the first recipient of the AARP/Andrus Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Gerontology. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Sasser has studied and written about creativity in later life; older women’s embodiment; critical gerontological theory; and transformational adult learning practices. She served on the Oregon Gerontological Association Board of Directors starting in 2005 and was President of the Board for three years. In 2012, she received a Distinguished Teacher award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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