Ted Talk by Ashton Applewhite
As a not for profit organization who is less about profit and more about providing care and provoking thoughts, ‘waking up and smelling the ensure’ is a tongue in cheek comment (not mine) that allows us to consider the merit of studies that support the notion that people who have negative attitudes about aging are more likely to experience more difficulties and are more likely to require nursing home care.
Life can and does change dramatically and tragically, this we know, but the slow, insidious drip feed of fear, carefully dosed to convince us all that we are not well enough, mobile enough, tech savvy enough, safe enough to live well in our communities as we age, that we have less to offer and more to burden society with, appals and dismays me.
I am part of the growing movement that will call out the devastating loss of wisdom and transitional human connection that this segregation fosters.
Ashton Applewhite asks us to look at ageism — the assumption that older people are alike and that aging impoverishes us.
Why you should listen
Ashton Applewhite would like us to think differently about growing older. As she writes: “Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process that unites us all. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? Because of ageism — the last socially sanctioned prejudice.”
She’s the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism and is the voice of the Yo, Is This Ageist? blog. She is also the author of Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well — and was a clue on Jeopardy! as the author of the mega bestseller series, Truly Tasteless Jokes. (Who is Blanche Knott?) https://thischairrocks.com/