We all want long lives, so why are we so afraid of growing old? Anti-ageism campaigner Ashton Applewhite works to dismantle the ageism that is woven into our societies.
This talk is chaired by Caroline Baum.
Ageing is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured, it is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all.
You can no more be anti-aging than anti-breathing.
Discrimination on the basis of age is as unacceptable as discrimination on the basis of any other aspect of ourselves that we cannot change.
Ageing is something that both men and women are utterly terrified about.
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Ashton Applewhite is an activist and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She has been recognised by The New York Times, National Public Radio, the American Society on Aging, the Australian Association of Gerontology, and the International Longevity Centre as an expert on ageism. Ashton blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely at venues that have ranged from the TED mainstage to the United Nations, has written for Harper's Magazine, The Guardian, and The New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist?
Caroline Baum is the author of Only: A Singular Memoir. A well-known journalist, she writes about books, food, travel, the arts and aspects of contemporary life. In 2016, she contributed to the Rebellious Daughters anthology and in 2015 was awarded the Hazel Rowley Fellowship. Caroline has an ongoing interest in ageing and representations of ageing. She is a carer, and has written about age-related issues for the Guardian. She has moderated national forums on elder abuse, ageism policy and loneliness for Seniors Rights, COTA and Relationships Australia.