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Ep. 19: Flipping the Script About Ageism

“Aging is not just something annoying old people do. It’s something we embark on the day we’re born.”


AGEISM sucks and it has us brainwashed to believe all sorts of myths and untruths about aging. Negative stereotypes about aging are everywhere, and we are culturally conditioned to feel a certain way about the aging process.

In today’s episode, our guest Ashton Applewhite sets the record straight on ageism – the last socially acceptable prejudice, how it developed, why it’s harmful, and how to change it.

Show Notes: 

Ashton is a pioneer, speaker, writer, blogger, author, and internationally recognized expert on ageism. She began investigating ageism in her mid-50s, and what she discovered led her to write her book, This Chair Rocks – A Manifesto Against Ageism, as well as creating a number of other resources to combat ageism. She speaks widely at venues that have included the TED Mainstage and the United Nations, and is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.


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