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Lecture to Discuss Myths about Aging

By Mick Lockey

What do you think about when you consider getting older?

If you’re like many of us, you probably conjure up a catalog of grim scenarios: nursing homes, wheeled walkers, costly prescriptions, and more.

Those ideas are likely to be deeply ingrained from decades of internalized messages, perpetrated by a complex interaction between popular culture and commerce. These two powerful forces work together to foster misconceptions about aging.

The disparity between what is assumed about aging and what is true forms the crux of Ashton Applewhite’s work. A writer, speaker, and activist, she is author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Since the publication of her book, Applewhite has gained traction as an outspoken critic against ageist stereotypes.

Armed with a sharp humor, Applewhite will bring her manifesto to the i3: ideas that inform & inspire stage for a rousing presentation on the damaging effects of ageism, its deep roots, and the ways we can challenge these impoverished notions of aging. Applewhite’s mission is to alter how we think about aging by beaming a glaring light on ageism.

The catalyst for Applewhite’s consciousness-raising ideas began to form while she was working on a project involving older workers—some of whom were in their eighties and nineties. As a then 55-year-old baby boomer, she was surprised to discover that most of what she assumed about being “older” was flat-out wrong.

Applewhite learned that the most people don’t end up in nursing homes, that people are happiest at the end of their lives, and that many people live vibrant lives well into their nineties and beyond. Living well longer and with full capacities is not just for the lucky marathon-running, eighty-year-olds with great genes; it’s the norm rather than the exception.

Furthermore, these narratives about aging well are not fully represented in popular culture and are absent in pharmaceutical and fashion industry marketing brochures. To Applewhite, aging is not a disease to cure or botox away but a natural (and wonderful) process of living. It’s time for a radical change in perspective!

In 2017, Applewhite delivered a featured Ted Talk titled, “Let’s End Ageism,” which has been viewed more than 1.4 million times. She blogs at her Yo! Is This Ageism? website and has contributed to publications like Harper’s magazine. In 2016, she gave the keynote address at the United Nations, which proclaimed October 1 as International Day of Older Persons and designated aging as a global human rights issue. The New York Times and The New Yorker have singled out her work.


Presentation, Q&A, Informal Reception

I3: Ideas That Inform & Inspire, Conversations With Big Thinkers Presents

“This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life”

Ashton Applewhite

Mon, Jan 7, 5pm

La Casona Hotel Event Center

Salida a Celaya 77


250 pesos Online: and at Tienda Tesoros in the Biblioteca

300 pesos at the door


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