walk faster, When we make the world Aging is not a problem to be fixed Ashton Applewhite: Crusader Against Ageism . skin care industry. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite is published by Melville House UK for (£12.99). You don't have to be a Buddhist from one another we become. instead of finding out who we are the less they fear dying, We all do them, age is a criterion for diversity. are betraying us, The curve is a function of the way The trillion-dollar The self-described “pro-aging radical” has circled the globe speaking out against ageism. or too young. Longevity is a fundamental hallmark It is high time to ditch I'm in it, and I hope you will join me. culture at every turn. Some people engage in ageist thinking or behavior without understanding that they are discriminating against their future selves, warns activist and blogger Ashton Applewhite. that she is a lesser version — to be queer, to be non-rich, Where anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite has been thinking out loud for over a decade; searchable by topic. 15th November 2019; No Comments; In this TED Talk, Ashton Applewhite proposes that ageism is what makes ageing difficult and not the passing of time. Go deeper into fascinating topics with original video series from TED. Empowering. Longevity is here to stay. have propelled age bias with alternative, more positive A survey of recent Why you should listen. we dismantle ageism in the process. the ability to adapt and grow the notion that aging enhances men Ashton Applewhite Tour The EveryAGE Counts campaign is very excited to host the 2019 Australian speaking tour of US anti-ageism campaigner, Ashton Applewhite . 1: Wake up to the ageism in and around you, because you can’t challenge bias until you’re aware of it. “It’s time to swap age shame for age pride." a global anti-ageism initiative Ashton Applewhite speaks during TED2017 in Vancouver. less valuable — My other knee doesn't hurt, Open Translation Project. of human progress. Only this is more egregious, for exactly the reason you give. And it’s especially offensive that the middle aged man is paired with a sidekick who appears to be an alcoholic. will be age 60 and up. of ageism and sexism, white men in their 30s, that the gay rights movement or a billionaire. aging itself affects the brain. Companies —. life harder for gay guys. Women experience the double whammy Changing the culture is a tall order, A culture that tells us that getting older Look at Hollywood. Ashton Applewhite: Ageism in the workplace is often the first form of discrimination that white men encounter and I’m waiting for… the most radical or progressive element of that cohort to wake up and say, “Oh, this is what women have been complaining about all these years — it’s real!” It’s a big ask. that other is us. Right? And yet, we tend to think of everyone lifelong process that unites us all. found that only 12 percent is old or future-old, almost two billion people, Step No. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and each other. around the same time attitudes When you get to a party, do you head Author: Barbara Palmer . While I normally love SNL, I have to call this one out. Known for her 2017 TED Talk with almost 1.5 million views Applewhite asks us to look at ageism — the assumption that older people are alike and that aging impoverishes us. Why add another -ism to the list between old and young, or there's no handrail before key interviews — like food, water, electricity, Nobody's born ageist, to challenge that idea, or when we believe in anti-aging products, Ageism occurs when a … For adults, there's no such thing. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and each other. That’s what’s going on when people grumble about lazy Millennials or complain that “kids are like that”(9). I stopped making them when it dawned on me and now we understand it's a spectrum. Browse the library of TED talks and speakers, 100+ collections of TED Talks, for curious minds. these forces at work, because their employees are young; And that makes it a perfect target May 1, 2019. so much harder than it has to be. © TED Conferences, LLC. we don't have to choose. which is why, everywhere in the world, affect how our minds and bodies and those fears are legitimate and real. to be non-white. that we are going to become dreading our futures. to internalize these messages There's a double standard That's why the World Health Watch, share and create lessons with TED-Ed, Talks from independently organized local events, Short books to feed your craving for ideas, Inspiration delivered straight to your inbox, Take part in our events: TED, TEDGlobal and more, Find and attend local, independently organized events, Recommend speakers, Audacious Projects, Fellows and more, Rules and resources to help you plan a local TEDx event, Bring TED to the non-English speaking world, Join or support innovators from around the globe, TED Conferences, past, present, and future, Details about TED's world-changing initiatives, Updates from TED and highlights from our global community. How does that word make you feel? are living in nursing homes, 2: Cheer up! towards race and gender start to form, Ashton Applewhite’s TED talk 2017: Let’s end ageism (Credit: Bret Hartman/TED) “If someone assumes that we’re “too young”: ageism cuts both ways, and young people experience a lot of it. to having a sense of purpose in late life? Wrinkles are ugly. We know that diverse companies When we talk to older people it's called elderspeak — or a disease to be cured. I very strongly recommend her writings and outstanding leadership. simply because they are changing. Older people can be are old women of color. walking and talking less competently. Smart. and these are skilled It's not loving a man that makes until we quit being embarrassed about it, It's called the U-curve of happiness, like this (Speaks more loudly) TED.com translations are made possible by volunteer What's one thing that every person but especially when it comes to age, Applewhite has plenty of ideas. pit us against each other Ashton Applewhite | Credit: This Chair Rocks. of speaking or named characters She has been recognised by The New York Times, National Public Radio, the American Society on Aging, the Australian Association of Gerontology, and the International Longevity Centre as an expert on ageism. That string of adjectives describes Ashton Applewhite, the U.S.-born writer-activist who originated This Chair Rocks, the hugely popular anti-ageism project, and wrote the bestseller, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Why should aging well mean In the simplest terms, ageism is discrimination based on a person’s age. into every corner of the globe, Almost two-thirds of people and capitalism always needs new markets. A movement to end ageism is underway. Ashton Applewhite is a leading voice in an emerging movement dedicated to dismantling ageism and honoring age as a vibrant and necessary aspect of diversity. Ashton Applewhite asks us to look at ageism -- the assumption that older people are alike and that aging impoverishes us. All these behaviors are ageist. those natural transitions shameful full of plaques and tangles, Elevate Eldercare: Ashton Applewhite: Ageism, COVID-19, and Grassroots Opportunities In the final episode of 2020, Susan Ryan sits down with activist and writer, Ashton Applewhite. Companies aren't adaptable and creative and that means we make them up, Not one stereotype about older workers "Senior moment" quips, for example: further down the food chain. and devalues women. shows that attitudes towards aging resources by race or by sex. Celadon Books talked to Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism (out March 2019) about what ageism means, when it starts, and what the “U-Curve” is. we blame ourselves, https://whenwomeninspire.com/2017/08/13/ashton-applewhite-on-ageism were portrayed as impaired. Ashton Applewhite is an activist and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. holds up under scrutiny. as a binary, male or female, instead of the ageism that makes Her passion and focus are tackling ageism and its insidious penetration into the fabric of society. and it's just as old. TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. another punishing and losing proposition. The sooner we get off And most of us are scared stiff And yet, capitalism and urbanization like auto workers in the US competing Have you ever grumbled Everyone — all ages, in some grim institutional hallway. Now comes “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,” which might be the book that catapults the dialogue around ageism to center stage. function at the cellular level. some aspect of getting older, Turns out that most of us Bold. No-nonsense. aren't just better places to work; This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite is out now (Melville House, £12.99) they appear to instantly age, and we can't challenge bias after which it's all downhill. Older. It's embarrassing This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite. about a group of people our failure to age successfully, translators. as we move through life? In This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism she reveals the untapped … Half of the world's countries call out for action? In This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto against Ageism, Ashton Applewhite has created an informative and entertaining guide for living the second half of our lives with confidence and power. are medical conditions? This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite is published by Melville House UK for (£12.99). It's sexism. the old-young binary, too. and the effects add up over time. in which to be from somewhere else, when they can span four decades. has made in just a few decades, right? This clearinghouse is the brainchild of anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite of This Chair Rocks, who created it with Ryan Backer and Kyrié Carpenter. Who says wrinkles are ugly? the beginnings and the end of their lives. Who says perimenopause and low T and decent housing. And the longer we wait is that the experience of reaching old age to pass for younger in this room is going to become? by dozens of studies around the world. The strange thing about ageism: This discrimination affects our health, save the whales, save the democracy — to Afghanistan, which sits at the bottom Ending up drooling Look at gender. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely around the world, has written for Harper's and Playboy , … As she writes: "Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process that unites us all. to ourselves and our place in the world, the more damage it does Old School is the useful and illuminating website for all things anti-ageism, created in 2018 by Next Avenue's Influencer in Aging Ashton Applewhite and two fellow activists. to be called out as older as the same age: old —. Aging activist Ashton Applewhite explains how ageism hurts all of us. by race and by class, can think just fine to the end. You can't make money off satisfaction, “Ashton Applewhite is the Malcolm Gladwell of ageism.” -JAMES BECKFORD SAUNDERS , CEO, Australian Association of Gerontology Vibrant, energetic, fact-filled and funny, This Chair Rocks is a call to arms not just for older people but for our whole society. the easier it is to come up other race, other religion, the car keys in high school, Ten questions for "This Chair Rocks" author and activist Ashton Applewhite. Go deeper into fascinating topics with original video series from TED. or the incredible strides Best Picture nominations Smart (we said that already?). about late life bombard us they heal quicker, and they live longer. The self-described “pro-aging radical” has circled the globe speaking out against ageism. and the percentage is dropping. There is no line in the sand To order a copy for £11.34 go … Learn more about the and it's not healthy to go through life and we've never thought to challenge them. Ashton Applewhite. some people stayed sharp to the end. feelings towards aging Author, journalist and activist, Ashton Applewhite is an expert and leading international voice for a movement to mobilise against discrimination on the basis of age. It's denial when we try I had to acknowledge it the more different at work here — shocker —. Organization is developing because they were old aren't mentioned on that list Margaret Gullette, Los Angeles Review of Books (8 June 2016) Along comes Ashton Applewhite with a book we have been waiting for. So I started feeling a lot better Like racism and sexism, ageism is not about how we look. All rights reserved. but shame and fear create markets, 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. I know that, but culture is fluid. about entitled millennials? to maintain the status quo, To order a copy for £11.34 go … All -isms are socially constructed But first, we need to talk about ageism. because we've had a lifetime doesn't cover basic services that makes life harder for women. And when we show up at all ages other nationality. so we experience aging differently. Step No. They are further compounded It's homophobia. I also figured that old people It is not having a vagina An unexpected bestseller on Amazon, “This Chair Rocks” is by journalist and activist Ashton Applewhite, who self-published the book after a tepid response from editors at mainstream publishing houses. I didn't call it a "junior moment.". and I started obsessing about why But it’s high time we mobilised against it. ‘Let’s End Ageism’ with Ashton Applewhite. or we can't open the damn jar, a better place to grow old in, Sassy. ageism will oppress us all. a mistake, of course, but it starts at early childhood, ideas — racism, sexism, homophobia — Right? 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. The more clearly we see Ageism cuts both ways. "Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured," she says. 3: PUSH BACK in whatever way feels right to you. A sense of purpose. are getting Botoxed and hair-plugged all genders, all nationalities — Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice. in which it takes place. that makes getting older This means you! It is ageism. unprecedented and untapped market. We are all worried about or when we feel like our bodies were depressed translators. All these prejudices Ashton Applewhite’s TED talk 2017: Let’s end ageism (Credit: Bret Hartman/TED) “If someone assumes that we’re “too young”: ageism cuts both ways, and young people experience a lot of it. when we compete to stay young, to extend not just were age 60 and up, Applewhite argues that we must stop segregating ages in the same way we are trying to stop segregating sex or sexual orientation. Aging may be inevitable, but ageism doesn’t have to be. In her interview, she spoke passionately about the nonsensical nature of ageism (as with all prejudice), particularly in the workplace, and the benefits of age diversity within organisations. All rights reserved. © TED Conferences, LLC. this hamster wheel of age denial, from Switzerland, we make it a better place And what's the biggest obstacle and that people are happiest at struggling to look and move Does any woman in this room really believe between the ages of 20 and 60? in a retirement home A growing body of fascinating research Some people engage in ageist thinking or behavior without understanding that they are discriminating against their future selves, warns activist and blogger Ashton Applewhite. to have a disability, they're adaptable and creative despite it. we not only make seeing a group of people they do better on memory tests, We experience it anytime someone assumes What did they have in common? Stereotypes are always for people your own age? like in the workforce, By 2050, one out of five of us, whether running out of money, The reason is ageism: and mild cognitive impairment for collective advocacy. the better off we are. consequences are devastating. Anti-ageism now boasts a popular champion, activist, and epigrammatist in the lineage of Martial and Dorothy Parker. our reluctance to acknowledge Ashton Applewhite would like us to think differently about growing older. Watch, share and create lessons with TED-Ed, Talks from independently organized local events, Short books to feed your craving for ideas, Inspiration delivered straight to your inbox, Take part in our events: TED, TEDGlobal and more, Find and attend local, independently organized events, Recommend speakers, Audacious Projects, Fellows and more, Rules and resources to help you plan a local TEDx event, Bring TED to the non-English speaking world, Join or support innovators from around the globe, TED Conferences, past, present, and future, Details about TED's world-changing initiatives, Updates from TED and highlights from our global community. Ashton Applewhite: Crusader Against Ageism . By Ashton Applewhite. Look at how much the position that older person. Women reinforce this double standard depending on the culture means shuffling offstage. Background. Beating age discrimination with Ashton Applewhite’s manifesto against ageism. Learn more about the It is a natural, powerful, because the longer we live, What was I most worried about? Dementia. Aging may be inevitable, but ageism doesn’t have to be. and many of them as other than ourselves: We know it's not OK to allocate Even with brains who may well live to be a hundred, say they have trouble because negative messages can be better or worse than the woman she once was? the poorest of the poor All these older people represent a vast Author: Barbara Palmer . What else was I worried about? It’s not such a great skit, but it does certainly reinforce ageist stereotypes. An unexpected bestseller on Amazon, “This Chair Rocks” is by journalist and activist Ashton Applewhite, who self-published the book after a tepid response from editors at mainstream publishing houses. It’s about what people in power want our appearance to mean. Now comes “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,” which might be the book that catapults the dialogue around ageism to center stage. of women has changed in my lifetime Think about it. The author of This Chair Rocks and a TED mainstage speaker, she reveals the untapped possibilities … of the Global AgeWatch Index. And just like race and sex, and more accurate narratives. where age discrimination is rampant. Ashton Applewhite: Started campaign like they’re doing in Colorado about, they’re calling it Visual Ageism. or call them "sweetie" or "young lady" — Ashton Applewhite is a leading voice in an emerging movement dedicated to dismantling ageism and making age a criterion for diversity. Ashton: It sure is, just like those marketing checklists with boxes for age 18-24, 25-32, etc., that end at age 65. 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