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

talk, Ridgewood Public Library

Where: 125 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ

When: April 30, 2019 07:00 pm

More info: Free and open to the public. Register here.

keynote, co-sponsored by NextAvenue and Ecumen

Where: The Minneapolis Club, 729 Second Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

When: May 7, 2019 12:15 pm

More info: Details here.

keynote, We Are All Aging: Taking Action to End Ageism at Ecumen conference

Where: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN

When: May 8, 2019 10:00 am

More info: Details here

book event, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism

Where: Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd, King's Cross, London

When: May 20, 2019 07:00 pm

More info: Tickets here.

talk, Aging 2.0 at Google Campus London

Where: 4-5 Bonhill Street London London, EC2A 4BX

When: May 21, 2019 05:30 pm

More info: Tickets here.

book event, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism

Where: The Common Room, Priory Green, London

When: May 22, 2019 06:30 pm

More info: Free and open to the public. Register here.

keynote, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference

Where: Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ

When: June 13, 2019 08:30 am

More info: Organized on behalf of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Register here.

talk, Power Up 2019!

Where: Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick, Providence, RI

When: June 20, 2019 09:00 am

More info: Sponsored by Age-Friendly RI. Register here.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Conference

Where: Berkshire Community College,1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

When: August 15, 2019 12:00 am

More info: Details here.

keynote + workshop, Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care

Where: Orlando, FL

When: October 29, 2019 02:00 pm

More info: Register here.

keynote, Seasons Retirement 2019 Conference

Where: Whistler, British Columbia

When: November 26, 2019 12:00 am

More info: Details here

keynote, Future of Ageing 2019 Conference

Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE

When: December 5, 2019 09:30 am

More info: Details here.

keynote, Osher Institutes National Conference

Where: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Florida

When: April 21, 2020 12:00 pm

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Past Appearances