My We Are All Aging-Let’s End Ageism talk describes the roots of ageism in society and in our own age denial, how age bias divides and diminishes us, and how to mobilize against it. Age Against the Machine-Ending Ageism in the Workplace explores the false narratives that pit workers at both ends of the spectrum against each other, the costs to both organizations and employees, and how to detect and prevent it. strong>Still Kicking-Confronting Ageism and Ableism in the Pandemic’s Wake looks at how much apprehension about growing older is actually about how our minds and bodies may change (that’s ableism, not ageism), why we have to understand what we’re up against, and how to dismantle these intertwined biases. Aging While Female, Reimagined urges women of all ages to look more generously at each other, and ourselves, and mobilize against the double whammy of ageism and sexism. The Ugly Dance explores how ageism and ableism sanction elder abuse, the “ugly dance” of ageism and ableism, which stand between everyone – especially the most vulnerable among us – and the safe and comfortable old age we all deserve.

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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

Ashton Applewhite shows us that a world for all ages is indeed possible if we recognise the potential within each of us, speak truth to power, and stand together as one.

UN Decade of Healthy Ageing

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

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

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”

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

nVent Encore (Experience and Wisdom) Spotlight event

Where: virtual

When: July 23, 2024 10:00 am

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MaturiFest 2024

Where: virtual

When: August 14, 2024 12:00 am

More info: A Brazilian festival dedicated to longevity and personal and professional reinvention. I'll be in conversation with its founder, Morris Litvak. Free and open to the public; more here.

Inaugural session of Summer School

Where: Centre for Research on Aging, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

When: August 17, 2024 10:00 am

More info: Join Ashton Applewhite and other pro-age activists in Montreal for the inaugural session of Summer School. We can't make a future without imaging it. What does a world without ageism look like to you? How might we bring it closer? Do you like the idea of co-creating next steps with other age advocates? If so, how about joining me and other other co-founders of Old School? More info and registration here.

moderated conversation, Defense Security Cooperation University

Where: virtual

When: September 16, 2024 01:00 pm

More info: Writer and ageism activist Ashton Applewhite will join the Defense Security Cooperation University in a conversation about her book, “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,” and share observations and insights on ageism in the workplace and society, and how we can combat it.

Age Equity Alliance 2024 Fall Forum


When: October 15, 2024 12:35 pm

More info: I'll be leading a panel discussion following insight reports by Lin Shi (World Economic Forum),  Andrew Davis (Deloitte Consulting's Health Care Practice) and Mona Mourshed (CEO of Generation, collaborating with the OECD). Free and open to the public; link to come.

keynote, Women Over 70-Aging Reimagined.

Where: virtual

When: October 19, 2024 10:30 am

More info:

The event is Women Over 70's first in-person symposium, which will be taking place at Plymouth Place (LaGrange Park, IL) My talk will be virtual.

keynote, Summit of Senior Living Professionals

Where: 1 South High St, Akron OH

When: November 12, 2024 12:00 am

More info: Hosted by the Akron Art Museum; details to come.


Past Appearances