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
Book Club Webinar, National Academy of Certified Care Managers
When: June 9, 2020 12:00 pm
This'll be more fun if you've read This Chair Rocks – A Manifesto Against Ageism but you don't have to! "This webinar will be dynamic and informative, covering topics outside the scope of the book through lecture, storytelling, and live facilitated dialogue with the audience about how to recognize the impact ageism has on our clients, and our practices, and ourselves. This Chair Rocks is available in a variety of formats – so download the audiobook, fire up your e-reader, or grab a print copy, and join your colleagues in the discussion and earn CE contact hours too!" Register here. $ 39.00 for CMCs, $59 for non-CMCs
Boston Public Library
When: June 17, 2020 02:00 pm
More info: Hosted by Beacon Hill Village in partnership with the Boston Public Library. Free and open to the public.
#ActivitiesStrong Virtual Summit
When: June 23, 2020 02:00 pm
More info: Hosted by Linked Senior, the summit aims to help professionals in senior living understand the impact of COVID-19 on activities and life enrichment. The summit runs from 11AM-5PM ET, and I'll be speaking from 2-3PM with Penny Cook, CEO of the Pioneer Network. Session title and description: Now is the Time to Address the Intersection of Ageism and Ableism. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the rampant ageism and ableism around us. We have an unprecedented opportunity to build on that awareness—an opportunity with immense implications for individuals and those we support in senior living. Register here.
Sage-ing Institute Summit on Longevity
Where: ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand
When: September 29, 2020 12:00 am
keynote, American Alliance of Museums Creative Aging Convening
Where: High Museum, Atlanta, GA
When: November 5, 2020 12:00 am
public talk, High Museum
Where: High Museum, Atlanta, GA
When: November 7, 2020 12:00 am
More info: Free and open to the public. Details here
Modern Elder Academy
Where: Baja, California
When: February 14, 2021 12:00 am
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 15, 2021 01:30 pm
More info: Sponsored by Palos Verdes Peninsula Village. Free and open to the public. Register here.