The author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Ashton Applewhite is an internationally recognized expert on ageism. We have a mutual friend, Rachel Lankester, whom you will meet in an upcoming episode. Ashton 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. She is here today to talk about her book “This Chair Rocks” and ending ageism.
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. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely at venues that have ranged from the United Nations to the TED mainstage, has written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? The author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.
In this episode, Ashton:
Anyone who has been to my classes, knows that in the beginning of a yoga class, we sit quietly, pay attention to physical sensations, the breath, thoughts, mood, energy, and emotions. This is a practice to become more aware of our thought patterns. I invite you this week to pay attention to your thoughts and language about age. Invite yourself, without judgement and with curiosity, to refute any false beliefs that do not serve you.
Click on the titles to purchase "This Chair Rocks",and "Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well".
Don't forget to watch her TED talk.
To read the articles mentioned in the episode,
Positive age beliefs protect against dementia even among elders with high-risk gene
Value of senior volunteers to U.S. economy estimated at $77 billion
Cover Art Photo Credit - Adrian Buckmaster