Does the thought of growing older scare you? Well don’t let it, because it happens to everyone (hopefully), and fears about aging actually contribute to ageism! Older people certainly live just as fulfilling and meaningful lives as young people, but in a youth-obsessed culture, aging is viewed as negative, scary, and even unnatural. Author Ashton Applewhite’s mission is to change our cultural expectations about aging. Applewhite questions if it is really a compliment when someone says “You look great for your age” and she enumerates the benefits of universal design, occupying age, and intergenerational spaces.
Join the Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action. (R.A.D.A.) book discussion on Sunday, April 14 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the Sam Gary Branch Library for a discussion of Ashton Applewhite’s This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.
Other resources on aging and ageism:
- Ageism: Stereotyping and Prejudice Against Older Persons, edited by Todd D. Nelson
- Women Rowing North: Navigating the Challenges to Our Selves as We Age by Mary Pipher
- The Journey of Life: a Cultural History of Aging in America by Thomas R. Cole
- Triumphs of Experience: the Men of the Harvard Grant Study by George E. Vaillant
- The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister
- Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging by Margaret Cruikshank
- The Longevity Revolution: the Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life by Robert N. Butler
- Still Doing It (streaming video on Kanopy)
- Ashton Applewhite’s TED talk on ageism