Book Discussion with Ashton Applewhite, “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism”
Wed., March 27, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
(Check-in begins at 6:15 PM, program starts at 7:00 PM)
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Washington University Medical School campus
520 S. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely around the world, has written for Harper’s and Playboy, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? In 2016, she joined the PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year.
Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, Applewhite examines how ageist stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of elders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and offers a rousing call to action.
Registration is required, but is free. Book purchase from the Novel Neighbor is required to enter signing line and books can be purchased online in advance or at the event.
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This event is presented by STL Village, The Novel Neighbor and the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health, Washington University.