August 5, 2016 Applewhite Debunks Myths Surrounding Old Age in New Book, "This Chair Rocks"

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Author and activist Ashton Applewhite will discuss and sign her new book “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism” at the Library of Congress on Thursday, Aug. 25 at noon, in the West Dining Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. The program, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Library of Congress Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs.

In her book, Applewhite discusses her own experiences getting older, while exploding myths about late life.

“From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless,” Applewhite said. “Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, this book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life.”

Applewhite’s book explains the roots of ageism – both in history and in our own personal denial – examines the crippling effect of ageist myths and stereotypes, looks at ageism in the workplace, critiques how older individuals are often thought of as burdens to society and examines what an age-friendly world would look like.

Applewhite is also the author of “Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well” and the “Truly Tasteless Jokes” series (under the pseudonym Blanche Knott). She has been honored as a Knight Fellow, a New York Times Fellow and a fellow at Yale Law School. She’s also written for Harper’s and Playboy and is a contributing editor of IEEE Spectrum magazine. Since 2000, Applewhite has been on staff at the American Museum of Natural History.

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PR 16-115
ISSN 0731-3527