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.

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

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

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.  Register here.

keynote, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion

Where: 2211 Riverside Ave, CB 54 Minneapolis, MN

When: March 29, 2023 10:00 am

More info: Register here.

speaker, Leaders in Longevity Summit

Where: New York City

When: April 20, 2023 11:00 am

More info: Co-hosted by AARP + Primetime Partners, for 50+ startup CEOs and executives in healthcare and fintech. Register here.

keynote, Aging with Passion and Purpose conference, University of Nebraska

Where: virtual

When: May 5, 2023 10:00 am

More info: Register here.

talk, Tyngsboro Senior Center and Tyngsboro Public Library, MA

Where: virtual

When: May 10, 2023 12:00 am

More info: Free event hosted by the Tyngsboro Massachusetts Senior Center and Public Library. Details pending.


Where: virtual

When: May 15, 2023 07:40 pm

More info: hosted by ARIIA (Aged Care research Industry Innovation Australia)

speaker, On Lok, Aging Mastery Program Alumni Talk

Where: virtual

When: June 1, 2023 06:00 am

More info: Details pending here.

Opening Keynote, 2023 International Creative Aging Summit.

Where: virtual

When: June 6, 2023 09:15 am

More info:

Inaugural Greengross Lecture

Where: Clore Centre for Education and the Great Court, British Museum, London

When: June 15, 2023 07:00 pm

More info: The first of an an annual lecture event that brings together key thinkers on what the future of ageing means for all of us, in honor of Baroness Sally Greengross, founder of the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC), who died last summer

speaker, #ActivitiesStrong Virtual Summit

Where: virtual

When: June 27, 2023 01:30 pm

More info: Hosted by LinkedSenior, the #ActivitiesStrong Virtual Summit is open and free to the public. Details and registration here.


Past Appearances