- Grand Challenges
- Thought Leadership
Join us for an engaging evening focused on pushing back against ageism.
Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, will join us for an informative, thought-provoking discussion around ageism. This Chair Rocks will go on sale beginning March 5, 2019.
Your event ticket will cover food and beverages.
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 work overtime to convince people to purchase products that will retain their youthful appearance and vitality. Wrinkles are embarrassing. Gray hair should be colored and bald heads covered with implants. Older minds and bodies are too frail to keep up with the pace of the modern working world and elders should just step aside for the new generation.
Ashton Applewhite once held these beliefs too until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, Applewhite examines how ageist stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of elders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and offers a rousing call to action.
It’s time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind of bias. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, this book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!
This event will be held at The Hatchery at AARP, located in Terrell Place South at 575 7th Street NW, WDC 20004, on the 5th floor. The nearest Metro stop is Gallery Place-Chinatown. See directions down below.
Directions from Terrell Place main lobby
* Make first right from the lobby following the signs to Life Reimagined and Terrell South elevators. You will walk on a slight decline and you will get to the small elevator lobby where AARP Security is located (you will see a small security desk).
* Enter the elevators located near the AARP Security desk and take the elevator to level 5 for the Innovation Lab, aka The Hatchery
Directions from AARP building B
* Take the elevator down to B3.
* Once you are in the B3 elevator lobby, follow the sign that leads you to Terrell Place.
* Once you are in the Terrell Place lobby, enter the elevators and select L to go down to Terrell Place main lobby.
* When you exit the elevators, you will see a Terrell Place Security guard at the desk; make a double right at the security desk.
* Walk straight down the long hallway towards the 7th Street Terrell lobby.
* As you get closer to the second lobby, look for the (brass) Life Reimagined sign located on the marble wall to the left.
* Once you locate the signage, make a left and you will walk on a slight decline and to the next elevator lobby where AARP Security is located (you will see a small security desk)
* Enter the elevators located near the AARP Security desk and the elevator to level 5 for the Innovation Lab, aka The Hatchery
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely around the world, has written for Harper's and Playboy, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? In 2016, she joined the PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year.
Susan Donley is Publisher and CEO of Stria, a digital news platform for the longevity market. Launched in March 2018, strianews.com provides subscribers with information, experiences and content that inspire cross-sector solutions for our aging society. Our reporting and events deliver a foundation of understanding and insight for longevity professionals. And our client services help partners create powerful content and communication strategies that advance their position in the field. Previously Ms. Donley served as Publisher and Managing Director of Next Avenue.
Dr. Tracey Gendron is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Gerontology in the College of Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Gendron has a Master's of Science in Gerontology, a Master's of Science in Psychology and a PhD in Developmental Psychology. She teaches service-based graduate courses including grant writing, research methods and the biology of aging. Her research is focused on the language, expression and perpetuation of ageism and aging anxiety as well as on elderhood as a stage of development. Her personal and professional goal is to understand, raise awareness and disrupt the deeply embedded, normalized and invisible ageism that is within us all.
Elizabeth White is an author and aging solutions advocate for older adults facing uncertain work and financial insecurity. Most recently she served as Special Advisor to the Executive Director of Senior Service America. Before joining SSA, she was the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize non-profit focused on improving economic conditions in Africa. She is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded and led a chain of decorative home stores in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York. She began her career in international development at the World Bank.
Ms. White earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Political Science from Oberlin College. A self-described “army brat,” she grew up in various countries in Europe and North Africa.
Aaron Tax is the Director of Advocacy for SAGE. He advocates for LGBT-inclusive federal aging policies that account for the unique needs of LGBT older adults.
Until June 2011, Aaron served as the Legal Director at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the leading organization challenging “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) in Congress and in the courts. He started there as a staff attorney in 2006 and then as Legal Director, Aaron was responsible for running the legal services program at SLDN, the only organization providing free legal services to service members impacted by DADT and related forms of discrimination, including those who are HIV positive and/or transgender.
Prior to joining SLDN, Aaron spent three years working for the Department of the Army in the Office of EEO and Civil Rights, the first two years as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). As a PMF, he worked for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany, and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he tried more than two dozen cases. A graduate of Cornell University with honors and distinction and the George Washington University Law School with honors, he currently resides in Washington, DC.
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