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Aging may be inevitable, but ageism doesn’t have to be. Some people engage in ageist thinking or behavior without understanding that they are discriminating against their future selves, warns activist and blogger Ashton Applewhite. Improve your future, as well as that of your workplace or community, with this illuminating, witty lecture, which getAbstract recommends to HR professionals, health advocates, economists and anyone planning on a long life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why nobody is “born ageist,”
  • Why age bias develops,
  • What popular myths about aging endure today,
  • Why everyone has a personal stake in challenging ageism, and
  • What the individual and social benefits of ending ageism look like.
 

About the Speaker

Activist and blogger Ashton Applewhite is the author of the book This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.

 

Summary

Everyone faces the prospect of aging. Yet, many people fear or misunderstand late life, largely due to cultural myths. For example, individuals may picture their aged selves inhabiting the hallway of a dreary institution or enduring dementia. In fact, less than 5% of seniors live in nursing homes, and dementia rates are dropping. Additionally, aging and depression don’t go hand in hand, as some people assume. Changes in the aging brain make it prone to happiness. Fallacies about growing older arise because of ageism – that is, socially constructed “discrimination and stereotyping on the basis of age.” Such...


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