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Fighting Ageism with Guest: Ashton Applewhite

  1. Fighting Ageism with Guest: Ashton Applewhite Adriane Berg 44:30

What is Ageism? Are you a hidden victim? How does ageism affect your travel life? In this episode, I interview Ashton Applewhite, the pioneering advocate against ageism, to discuss the multifaceted issues surrounding aging and societal perceptions of older adults. 

Ashton is an internationally recognized authority on ageism. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.” Ashton co-founded Old School, an anti-ageism clearinghouse, and has been a pivotal figure in raising awareness about age-related issues for nearly two decades.

“Awareness is the first step: once you see it in yourself… you see it in the culture around you.” – Ashton Applewhite

Key Takeaways:

•             Language Matters: The terms we use to describe older adults play a significant role in either perpetuating or dismantling ageist attitudes.

•             Cultural Ageism: Societal fear of aging and the segregation of older individuals in specific communities contribute to pervasive ageism.

•             Grassroots Change: Real change in combating ageism requires grassroots movements and collective action to shift societal norms.

•             Intersection with Ableism: Much of ageism is intertwined with ableism, necessitating a broader dialogue about capacity and inclusion.

•             Role of Community: Strong social networks are crucial for a satisfying life at any age, yet diversity within these networks can mitigate age segregation.

Resources:

•             Ashton’s Book:This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

•             Old School Clearinghouse:OldSchool.info

•             Ashton Applewhite’s TED Talk: Available on the homepage of ThisChairRocks.com

•             Question and Answer Blog:Yo, Is This Ageist?

•             LinkedIn:Ashton Applewhite

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Adriane Berg Host: The Ageless Traveler Podcast (LifelonegTravel Made Easy) and Generation Bold: The Fountain of Truth About Aging

Adriane Berg is the Host of the weekly podcast Generation Bold, The Fountain of Truth About Aging, and the author of fourteen books on money and lifestyle. She sits on the United Nations NGO-NYC Committee or Ageing and is Cheerleader in Chief for Business Authority 50+, guiding the growing number of later-life entrepreneurs to success. She is a Co-Founder of N.A.E.L.A., The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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