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.
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
talk, SXSW me Convention
Where: Messe center, Frankfurt, Germany
When: September 11, 2019 12:00 am
keynote + workshop, Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care
Where: Orlando, FL
When: October 29, 2019 02:00 pm
More info: Register here.
plenary, Australian Association of Gerontology annual conference
Where: International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Dr, Sydney, Australia
When: November 6, 2019 03:50 pm
keynote, Unthinkable talk series
Where: Carriageworks, Bay 17, Sydney
When: November 9, 2019 05:00 pm
Sponsored by the University of New South Wales' Centre for New Ideas. Book signings: after the event
keynote, Seasons Retirement 2019 Conference
Where: Whistler, British Columbia
When: November 26, 2019 12:00 am
More info: Details here
talk, Future of Ageing conference, International Longevity Centre UK
Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE
When: December 5, 2019 09:30 am
More info: Details here.
talk + panel, Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
Where: Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA
When: January 29, 2020 12:00 am
More info: Tickets are sold out.
keynote, Osher Institutes National Conference
Where: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Florida
When: April 21, 2020 12:00 pm
Boston Public Library
Where: 700 Boylston Street (at Exeter), Commonwealth Salon
When: June 17, 2020 02:00 pm
More info: in collaboration with Beacon Hill Village; free and open to the public
keynote, American Alliance of Museums Creative Aging Convening
Where: High Museum, Atlanta, GA
When: November 5, 2020 12:00 am