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Applewhite Discusses Prevalence of Ageism – and What To Do About It

June 27, 2017

Ashton Applewhite, a nationally known author and activist, spoke to the North-Central NJ Chapter on May 20 about her book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. The group heard Applewhite discuss the subtle and not-so subtle ways ageism creeps into our conversations. Sometimes, she noted, even people 50 and older repeat stereotypes without realizing the implications. Even the typical comment, “You don’t look 65,” can reinforce the stereotype that growing older is a negative development. Applewhite suggested sample responses to ageist comments.  The talk, given at the Springfield Public Library, was followed up with a lively question-and-answer period as participants shared their observations and experiences. 

Applewhite, who recently gave a successful TED talk, has been recognized by The New York Times, National Public Radio and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism.

Susan Collins, TTN’s Executive Director, welcomed the attendees and outlined TTN’s mission and benefits to members.

L to R - Ann Freedman, Liza Betz, Claire Keyles, Pamela Brownstein, Ashton Applewhite, Susan Lilly, Rosemary Byrne, JoAnne D'Aleo and Susan Collins.


L to R, seated - Joan Freed and Rosemary Byrne