Rose Caiola Interviews Ashton Applewhite

Rose talks with pro-aging activist, Ashton Applewhite about rewiring the way we look at aging. They discuss how she started This Chair Rock, finding that older people have better mental health than young and middle-aged people, and came to the conclusion that most of the effects of aging come from an inner-perception based on consumer attitudes about aging. She also breaks the myth of Alzheimers: only 2% of Americans have the disease and most cases are actually misdiagnoses based on our own anxiety over memory loss.

This Chair Rocks Book CoverTo buy This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite, click here.

From childhood on we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of ageism in history and in our own age denial and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and 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 concludes with a rousing call to action. It’s time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind. Whether you re older or hoping to get there, this book 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!

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