Ashton Applewhite is an author, writer, and activist.
Getting older should be something to celebrate. Instead, our youth-obsessed culture tells us we need to get rid of our wrinkles, dye our gray hair, and shave years off of our LinkedIn profiles, or risk becoming irrelevant—or worse, invisible. But why do we treat the very normal process of aging like it’s something to be ashamed of? On this episode of Next Question, Katie talks to an amazing group of women who refuse to apologize for acting (and looking) their age: Lyn Slater, a.k.a. the Accidental Icon; supermodel JoAni Johnson; anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite; and legendary advertising executive Cindy Gallop. Katie and her guests discuss the roots of our implicit biases against older people (especially older women), the social and economic costs of ageism, and why you should never say “thank you” when someone says you look good for your age. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Writer and activist Ashton Applewhite talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about her new book, "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism."In this episode: What society gets wrong about aging; a realistic picture of mental and physical decline; why Applewhite wrote her "manifesto"; why we need to start with ourselves to fight ageism; how Silicon Valley fetishizes youth; How do you change attitudes in tech?; tech’s investments in delaying aging and extending healthspan; and the medical benefits of having a realistic attitude towards aging. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Activist, author, and ageism expert, Ashton Applewhite is fuelling change on what it means to be aging. She’s been invited to speak on stages around the world including the United Nations and the TED stage. In our interview, she blows me away with some of my own biases on aging and I’m sure she’ll shake some of your perspectives too. We chat about her presentation to the United Nations, how she prepared for her TED talk, what it means to be ageist, and how to not be that person who contributes to the problem. Show highlights 4:00:  How aging isn’t something that ‘just’ happens to us 8:38:  Allure bans the word “anti-aging” from their magazine pages – Bravo! 9:15:  How being “ageist” is when you make decisions about someone based on their age, including yourself 13:44:  Why you should always assume capacity and not incapacity 15:40:  Yale research on using elder speak words such as “dear” and sweetie” and their effects 19:50:  How change happens when you invite dialogue instead of being offended 23:36:  How aging is a natural, powerful lifelong process that should unite us not disenfranchise some 24:19:  Ashton’s presentation at the United Nations and its impact 26:14:  How Ashton made it to the TED stage 29:37:  The process of getting ready for her TED talk 31:45:  How she managed her anxiety before her TED talk in Vancouver 32:27:  How it feels to be the last person to present on the TED stage 33:25:  Dissecting the “curve of happiness” 40:40:  How Ashton plans to continue to help us face age bias Resources  Watch her TED talk and share it if you enjoy it: Let’s end ageism Read her blog: This Chair Rocks Read her Q&A blog: Yo Is this Ageist?  Buy her book: This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism Follow Ashton on Twitter and Facebook. About Ashton Applewhite 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 on the basis of age. The post Ashton Applewhite Ending Ageism appeared first on Janice Tomich.
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Jun 27th, 1952
Brooklyn, NY, USA
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2 hours, 31 minutes