This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism with Dorian Mintzer and Ashton Applewhite

Revolutionize Your Retirement Radio

Aug 16 2022 • 1 hr 23 mins

Episode Guest: Ashton Applewhite, speaker, author, and activist and the leading spokesperson to mobilize against discrimination based on aging

Episode Description:
From childhood, we're barraged by messages that it's sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and older people are useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite also believed them until she realized where this prejudice comes from and its damage. In this episode, Ashton will trace her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical and, in the process, debunk myth after myth about late life.

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • the roots of ageism - in history and our own age denial - and how it divides and debases
  • how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function
  • what ageism looks like in the workplace and the bedroom
  • the cost of the all-American myth of independence
  • how olders are portrayed as burdens to society
  • what an all-age-friendly world would look like
  • a rousing call to action

Whether you're older or hoping to get there, this episode will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!

About Ashton Applewhite:

Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In 2016, she joined the PBS site Next Avenue's annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism.

She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper's, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton speaks widely at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the TED mainstage and the United Nations. Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination based on age.

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