My We Are All Aging talk explains the roots of ageism – in society and in our own age denial – how it divides and diminishes us, and ends with a rousing call to mobilize against it. This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life charts my journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical and proposes an alternative to all the hand-wringing: wake up, cheer up, and push back. Aging While Female, Reimagined describes how the double whammy of ageism and sexism makes aging different for women, and what we can do about it. I also speak about the medicalization of old age, ageism and elder abuse, and how to reframe the new longevity in order to make the most of longer lives. To book me for your event, please contact the Lavin Agency.

What People Are Saying:

I was encouraged by the statistics you quoted, forced to acknowledge my own ageist thoughts, and ultimately fired up to fight them in myself and others. You are on to something big!

Sarah Meredith, painter

Why can’t we stop ageism? Good question. For some answers, start looking in the mirror and look around you. For a good dialogue on the subject, visit Ashton Applewhite’s website, This Chair Rocks.

Harry R. Moody, Director of Academic Affairs, AARP

Consciousness-raising at its sharpest and most useful.

David Watts Barton, journalist and playwright

This Chair Rocks confirms our knowledge that emotional well being is abundant in later life, challenges us to face our own internalized ageism, and inspires us to envision a future in which our society is released from age-related prejudice and discrimination. And it’s fun, too!

Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York

Holistic, deep, urgent, and also fun.

Lenelle Moise, playwright and performer

All practitioners working with older adults need to be informed about the pernicious influences of ageism. Nobody does this better than Ashton Applewhite. Her thinking is deep, her passion infectious, and her cogent message is spot on: we urgently need to have a national conversation about ageism to raise awareness about it and to stop it.

Risa Breckman, LCSW, Executive Director, NYC Elder Abuse Center

You have found a fantastic mission: raising consciousness that older is far better than the stereotype that enslaves us all.

Jennifer Siebens, producer, CBS News

Ashton Applewhite’s plenary address at the 2013 New York State Adult Abuse Training Institute was compelling and original, and really resonated with our 400 participants. She is an articulate and committed voice for an important cause: challenging the demoralizing shadow that ageism casts across society.

Jean Callahan, Director, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging

Octogenarians are the fastest-growing segment of our population, yet most Americans are scared stiff at the prospect of growing old. [Applewhite’s work] is a welcome and important tonic.

Dr. Robert Butler, founding director of the National Institute on Aging, coiner of the term “ageism”

We need an anti-ageist movement, for sure. Ashton is already in it.

Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author of Agewise and Aged by Culture

A beautifully delivered, provocative description of how ageism clouds our vision of what life holds in store.

Sabrina Hamilton, director, Ko Festival for the Arts

Ashton Applewhite is on a crusade. A journalist and author, her mission is to raise awareness of ageism in America and get people young and old to join her in speaking out against it.

Senior Planet

Thank you again for your terrific keynote yesterday. I heard from so many attendees that it affected them deeply. You are wise, funny, and provocative – a great combination!

Teresa Bonner, Program Director, Aroha Philanthropies

Upcoming Appearances

Sage Generations Keynote, Altria Group

Where: virtual

When: August 11, 2022 02:00 pm

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speaker, UN commemoration of International Youth Day

Where: virtual

When: August 12, 2022 09:00 am

More info: Webinar hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in partnership with the UN Major Group on Children and Youth, to raise awareness of ageism and to highlight the importance of intergenerational approaches in ensuring all voices are recognized and meaningfully engaged in advancing the 2030 Agenda. Details pending.

presentation to Tag Americas

Where: virtual

When: August 25, 2022 02:00 pm

More info: I'll join an age-diverse panel of Tag Americas employees to share insights, challenge assumptions, and reframe how we think about age in the workplace and beyond.

speaker, Secure Senior Connections, What's the harm in ageism?

Where: virtual

When: September 19, 2022 01:00 pm

More info: Live zoom. Details pending.

keynote, California Master Plan for Aging statewide convening

Where: Sacramento, CA

When: September 20, 2022 12:00 am

More info: My talk will be followed by a conversation with California Governor Gavin Newsom about the intersection of ageism, ableism, and racism. Free and open to the public. Register here.

keynote, Marin Aging Action Initiative annual convening

Where: San Rafael, CA

When: September 29, 2022 09:30 am

More info: Details pending here.

webinar, British Standards Institution

Where: virtual

When: October 3, 2022 08:30 am

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speaker, National Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Chile

Where: virtual

When: October 7, 2022 08:30 am

More info: XXVI National Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology: Aging in Chile: Global changes and local challenges. Details here.

Course instruction, OLLI at UVA

Where: virtual

When: October 8, 2022 01:00 pm

More info: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at University of Virginia (UVA). Details pending here.

keynote, Medical Group Management Association annual conference

Where: Boston, MA

When: October 11, 2022 11:00 am

More info: The event convenes administrative, clinical and business leaders of medical groups in America who are stewards for care giving organizations across the US.

keynote, Optum/United Health Group

Where: virtual

When: October 12, 2022 11:00 am

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talk, Inspir Senior Residence

Where: NY, NY

When: October 13, 2022 04:00 pm

More info: Details pending

speaker, Sage-ing International program

Where: virtual

When: October 18, 2022 11:30 am

More info: Details here.

Advocacy webinar for RTOERO

Where: virtual

When: October 19, 2022 01:00 pm

More info: RTOERO is Canada's largest provider of non-profit group health insurance for retired education-sector workers

keynote, This is Long Term Care, Ontario Long-Term Care Association

Where: Virtual

When: October 24, 2022 09:30 am

More info: The Ontario Long-Term Care Association represents almost 70% of the province's long-term care homes.

Ageism from the Inside Out and from the Outside In

Where: virtual

When: October 24, 2022 11:00 am

More info: A conversation with Dr. Connie Zweig, who discusses how to break free of our unconscious "inner ageist" in her most recent book, The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul. Connie and I will explore why a world of longer lives calls for both inner work and social activism. Sponsored by Humanity Rising, an online, daily, international broadcast. Free and open to the public. Register here for links to each day's event.

talk, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Where: McKnight Auditorium

When: October 25, 2022 06:00 pm

More info: Ashton Applewhite will discuss "Ageism: The Overlooked Intersection." The event is sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UNC Charlotte Gerontology Program, Centralina Area Agency on Aging, Southminster, Gamma Psi chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, UNC Charlotte Department of Sociology, UNC Charlotte Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, and UNC Wilmington College of Health & Human Services.  Open to the public; details here.

presentation, Central Asia Nobel Fest Live

Where: virtual.

When: October 28, 2022 08:00 am

More info:

Nobel Fest unites more than 500k participants, and 500 universities from 155 states. The event is hosted in a hybrid format from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, China, and Germany and broadcasted online. Details pending.

Q&A with the Nashua Public Library

Where: virtual

When: November 2, 2022 03:30 pm

More info: Program starts at 3:30 with videos and discussion; I'll come on at 4:15.  Free and open to the public; link to come.

speaker, RiverWoods Exeter

Where: virtual

When: January 24, 2023 12:00 am

More info: Details pending.

ASA Aging in America Conference 2023

Where: Atlanta Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Georgia

When: March 27, 2023 12:00 am

More info:

ASA Expert Panel and Book Signing with Tracey Gendron.  Details to come.


Past Appearances