1. Kicking Stereotypes to the Curb with Ashton Applewhite Jane Leder 34:04

Ageism does its best to stereotype older women (and men) as invisible, unhappy, and dependent. The message is: “If you think life sucks now, just wait because the longer you live, the worse it's going to get.” Yikes!

But Ashton Applewhite, age advocate and author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,” shakes down the myths of ageism and showers listeners with the facts. You may be surprised and definitely encouraged. 

Here are some facts that may surprise you:  

  • Only 2.5% of Americans 65+ live in nursing homes
  • Older people enjoy better mental health than the young or middle-aged
  • Serious mental decline is not an inevitable part of aging.

So, put in your earbuds and listen to my interview with Ashton Applewhite. 

Jane Leder Podcaster & Author

I am an award-winning author of books about teen suicide, siblings, and men and women during WWII. My feature articles have appeared in publications from Psychology Today to the Chicago Sun-Times. I enjoy the journey of writing, the process. But as I celebrated my seventy-seventh birthday, I wanted a change of focus and turned my creative energies into launching "Older Women & Friends," a podcast. The challenge has been exhilarating and will certainly help me make it through the dead of winter in the Midwest.