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Ashton Applewhite: Age Pride

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.

Whether they live in retirement homes or refugee camps, millions and millions of older people in the world lack voice, access and equal rights.

Ashton Applewhite


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Photo credit: Yaya Stempler

This talk was chaired by Caroline Baum.

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum

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.

Ashton Applewhite

Ashton Applewhite

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?

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