From childhood on, we’ve been barraged by messages that it’s sad and depressing to be old. We learn that wrinkles and gray hair are something to be embarrassed about and that old people are useless and over the hill. Most of us have experienced some kind of ageism too, with people assuming we’re “too old” for something, whether it’s a job, a hair cut, an outfit, or a surfboard.
Marketplace Member, Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is fighting back. Her new book This Chair Rocks takes on and debunks myth after myth about ageism, blowing up our culture’s outmoded ideas about aging, and is an urgent call to dismantle the discrimination that sidelines and silences older people. Ashton aims to lead a revolution against society’s stereotypes and we’re all for it, because here at WHAT NOW WHAT NEXT, we’re continually reinventing and re-envisioning our lives and our careers.
This Chair Rocks will definitely change the way you think about age and growing older. Publication is set for March 15th, so come for a conversation with Ashton on Monday, March 14th at 5:30 PM ET and join the revolution!
Praise for This Chair Rocks:
Wow. This book totally rocks. It arrived on a day when I was in deep confusion and sadness about my age—62. Everything about it, from my invisibility to my neck. Within four or five wise, passionate pages, I had found insight, illumination and inspiration. I never use the word empower, but this book has empowered me.
-ANNE LAMOTT, New York Times best-selling author
Sometimes a writer does us all a great favor and switches on a light. Snap! The darkness vanishes and, in its place we find an electric vision of new ways of living. I want to live in a world where ageism is just a memory, and This Chair Rocks illuminates the path.
-DR. BILL THOMAS, founder of Changing Aging
This Chair Rocks is radical, exuberant, and full of all sorts of facts that erase many of the myths and beliefs about late life. As Applewhite defines and describes ageism, new ways of seeing and being in the world emerge, empowering everyone to see things as they really are.
-LAURIE ANDERSON, artist