Walk on the Wylde Side


Ashton Applewhite of This Chair Rocks

Season 1, Ep. 4

People are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives. The vast majority of Americans over 65 live independently. The older people get, the less afraid they are of dying. Aging is a natural, powerful, lifelong process. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? That the 20th century’s astonishing leap in life expectancy is a disaster-in-the making? Underlying all the hand-wringing is ageism: discrimination that sidelines and silences older people.

This week Crispin is sitting down with Ashton Applewhite who has written a book and blogs all about ageism. She has led the team that developed Old School, a clearinghouse of anti-ageism resources. And she is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? (She would love if you asked her about it).

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