Joan Ditzion is an original founder of Our Bodies Ourselves and co-author of all nine editions of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” as well as “Ourselves and Our Children” (1978), and “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause” (2006).
She is a founder-member of OBOS’s board of directors and liaison to the Our Bodies Ourselves founders group.
Joan has been a geriatric social worker since 1985, a profession compatible with her social justice values. Her focus has gradually transitioned to issues of aging and older women and families. She was an active caregiver for her mother for the last 10 years of her mother’s life.
In June 2016, Joan was awarded the Knee Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation. She was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 2014, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 2013.
She is always combating sexism and ageism and fostering positive aging and the vitality of feminist values in her writing, clinical work, teaching, speaking, workshops and advocacy.
Married to her husband, Bruce, since 1967, she has two married sons and three grandsons. She loves being a grandmother.
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