This Chair Rocks

By Ashton Applewhite,

Book cover of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

Book description

Author, activist, and TED speaker Ashton Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age.

In our youth obsessed culture, we’re bombarded by media images and messages about the despairs and declines of our later years. Beauty and pharmaceutical companies…

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2 authors picked This Chair Rocks as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Ageism is insidious and largely undiscussed. Why should you care? Because if you’re younger, misperceptions about what aging entails can lead you to fear it.

If you’re in middle life and seeing changes in your body and your place in society, you know that the pull to defy age is strong and ultimately pointless. And for older people, becoming invisible and not having your life’s wisdom honored can lead to poorer health outcomes. All of us benefit from acknowledging the limitations but also the strengths and beauty of aging.

After reading this well-researched, humorous, deeply thoughtful book, I feel more…

Ashton Applewhite, an expert on ageism, shows how most of us have internalized negative images of old age and we have also misproven stereotypes of older people go unchallenged. This book opened my eyes to my own ageism and how it limited me and it book will probably open your eyes as well. The book is lively and full of interesting facts as well as solidly researched. I found Applebaum’s vision of a world without ageism to be inspirational.

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