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 olders 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.
"A compelling case for how we can combat our ageist beliefs."—Forbes
"This Chair Rocks is radical, exuberant, and full of all sorts of facts that erase many of the myths and beliefs about late life. As Applewhite defines and describes ageism, new ways of seeing and being in the world emerge, empowering everyone to see things as they really are."—Laurie Anderson, artist
"Sometimes a writer does us all a great favor and switches on a light. Snap! The darkness vanishes, and in its place we find an electric vision of new ways of living . . . This Chair Rocks illuminates the path."—Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of ChangingAging
"A smart and stirring call to add ageism to the list of 'isms' that divide us, and to mobilize against it. An important wake-up call for any baby boomer who's apprehensive about growing old."—Pepper Schwartz, AARP Ambassador
“An upbeat, empathetic, and practical guide to becoming 'an old person in training.'"—Kirkus Reviews
“Applewhite offers a fierce and funny yet practical and thoughtful manifesto on how such negativity can be combated on individual and societal levels. Offering much food for thought and abundant realistic steps to engender positive change, Applewhite's guide is an essential tool for enjoying healthy and happy aging.”—Booklist
"[This Chair Rocks] provides a positive view of aging that is sorely missing in today’s popular culture. Appealing to a wide audience, it might even serve as a spark for positive social change."—Library Journal (starred review)
“Her humor, high-energy writing, and emphasis on positive ways to view and experience age contribute to making this a valuable resource, an agent for social change, and an enjoyable read.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Reviews from Goodreads
I’ve never lied about my age—I have no problem saying “I’m sixty-six” loud and clear—but I sure know a lot of people who do. People who’ve lied on résumés and on airplanes and on dates. There was...