Consider This: Getting Older and Staying Connected

November 6 in Grants Pass

Photographs of Andrea Cano, a Latina woman with shoulder-length gray hair; Fred Grewe, a white man with a beard, wearing a knit cap; and Jenny Sasser, a white woman with glasses and a knit cap over short hair.

Aging is a life-long experience that is both universal and different for everyone. Some people join new communities and friendships in old age, while others experience profound isolation. Generational divides, both real and perceived, can add to a sense of not belonging. Join us for a conversation with Andrea Cano, Fred Grewe, and Jenny Sasser for a conversation about aging and belonging: What are our fears around aging? How can we collaborate across generational divides? What can we do to ensure people are fully included in our communities as they age?

This onstage conversation will take place Monday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m. at AllCare Health in Grants Pass (1701 NE 7th St.). 

This event is presented in partnership with Josephine Community Library District and is part of Oregon Humanities' 2023–24 Consider This series on fear and belonging.


How to participate

This event is free and open to the public. 

The conversation will also be streamed live on YouTube. You can view the event here.


About our guests

Well into her seventy-fifth year, Andrea Cano is embracing her creative cronehood as she reflects on her life learnings, easing into retirement after rewiring for the last decade, and now curious about what the future holds. Ordained with the United Church of Christ, Andrea was a board certified chaplain for the Providence and Legacy Health medical systems in Oregon, as well as affiliate faculty for the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics with a focus on culturally adaptive spiritual care, healing, and health practices. She has also been an interim executive director for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and a Conversation Project facilitator with Oregon Humanities. She is now serving as a volunteer pastor for an English-speaking congregation of Canadian, Mexican, and US members in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico. 

Fred Grewe is a retired Board-Certified Chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains) with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. After seventeen years as a hospice chaplain, Fred is now the interim pastor at Congregational United Church of Christ in Ashland. His podcast, Meditations 4 Misfits, can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

Jenny Sasser is an educational gerontologist, transdisciplinary scholar, and social activist. She serves as Teaching & Learning Specialist in the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence and part-time faculty in the Gerontology Program at Portland Community College. Jenny has been working in the field of aging for more than half her life, beginning as a nursing assistant and advocate before specializing in educational gerontology and adult development and learning. She convenes the Gero-Punk Project, serves as a conversation facilitator and trainer for Oregon Humanities, and offers and offering consulting, workshops, and presentations throughout North America. She lives in Portland and Oceanside.


About the venue

Information about the space and accessibility will be available soon.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Ben Waterhouse at by November 1.


Thanks to Our Sponsors

This series is made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities' United We Stand initiative, as well as support from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Susan Hammer Fund of Oregon Community Foundation.

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