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Date(s) - 10/27/2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

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“This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life” is a talk and conversation about why the more you know about old age the better it looks—and why so few people know it.

We may think we know what lies ahead: a grim slide into depression, dementia, and dependence. But that’s just the party line, and writer and activist Ashton Applewhite debunks it in spades. It turns out that:

  • the vast majority of Americans over 65 enjoy independent lives;
  • older people enjoy better mental health than the young or middle-aged; and
  • people are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives.

Who knew, right? Part monologue, part consciousness-raiser, This Chair Rocks dispels myth after myth about late life and exposes the ageism that underlies all the hand-wringing. The talk is as funny as it is fierce, and it just might change the way you envision the rest of your life.
Ashton Applewhite is the voice of Yo Is This Ageist and has been writing about ageing and ageism since 2007 at This Chair Rocks. During this period, she’s become a Knight Fellow, a New York Times Fellow, and a Columbia Journalism School Age Boom Fellow.