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

The Groucho Club book group

Where: virtual

When: October 21, 2020 01:30 pm

More info: Private event. Club details here.

Aging While Female - Reimagined

Where: virtual

When: October 23, 2020 12:00 pm

More info: Defying Gravity webinar. Registration fee is $25. Details here.

North American Network of Aging Studies Digital Symposium on Aging and Ageism in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Where: virtual

When: November 5, 2020 11:15 am

More info: Moderated Roundtable & Discussion Details pending.

Journalists in Aging Fellows webinar “Elder Justice & Ageism: Beating the OK, Boomer’ Backlash.”

Where: Virtual

When: November 12, 2020 12:00 pm

More info: Sponsored by the GSA + the Journalists Network on Generations. Recording  will be available to past fellows and other reporters. Details pending.

JCC series on how ageism harms our health

Where: virtual

When: November 17, 2020 07:00 pm

More info: Details pending.

Influencers in Aging webinar

Where: virtual

When: November 19, 2020 02:30 pm

More info: Hosted by Next Avenue and The Longevity Project. I'll be talking with friend and ally Elizabeth White, author of 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life, about our experience as Next Avenue Influencers and what we're doing to shape the conversation around aging. Free and open to the public; register here.

Author Talk and Q&A

Where: virtual

When: December 4, 2020 10:30 am

More info: Hosted by Littleton, MA Elder and Human Services Department. Sponsored by Reuben Hoar Library. Free and open to the public. Details pending.

keynote, National Service Coordinator Conference

Where: JW Marriott Indianapolis, Indiana

When: August 25, 2021 12:00 am

More info: Details here.

keynote, The Upside of Aging

Where: Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Vía Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

When: September 14, 2021 01:30 pm

More info: Sponsored by Palos Verdes Peninsula Village. Free and open to the public. Register here.



Past Appearances