Pushing Back on Ageism: A Fireside Chat with Ashton Applewhite with Follow-Up Panel Discussion

Washington, D.C.
Thu, Mar 7, 2019, 5:30 PM (EST)

Washington, D.C.

Join us for an engaging evening focused on pushing back against ageism.

Event Details:

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.

Book Details:

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!

Venue Details:

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


  • Ashton Applewhite

    Ashton Applewhite

    This Chair Rocks

    Author, activist, and TED speaker

    See Bio
  • Susan Donley

    Susan Donley


    Publisher and CEO

    See Bio
  • Tracey Gendron

    Tracey Gendron

    College of Health Professions , Virginia Commonwealth University

    MS, Ph.D.

    See Bio
  • Elizabeth White

    Elizabeth White


    MS, MBA

    See Bio
  • Aaron Tax

    Aaron Tax


    Director of Advocacy

    See Bio


  • Charles de Vilmorin

    Charles de Vilmorin

    LinkedSenior, Inc.


Thursday, Mar 7
5:30 PM - 8:15 PM (EST)


AARP Hatchery, 5th floor
601 E St NW Washington, DC20049


  • Mariella Zuñiga

    Mariella Zuñiga

    A2DC Ambassador

    Adaptive Home Living LLC

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