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Aging While Female, Reimagined: Ashton Applewhite, Author & TED Speaker
March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Institute On Aging
Weinberg Auditorium (Lower Level)
3575 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94118
What makes aging different for women—and so much harder than it has to be?
How does the double whammy of ageism and sexism affect women’s health, income, and well-being?
How does competing to “stay young” dig the hole deeper?
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 allegedly too frail to keep up with the pace of the modern working world, and olders should just step aside for the new generation.
This is the second time within two years that Ashton has visited Institute on Aging, and we’re excited to hear her brand-new talk: An invitation to create a world of age equality, making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind of bias. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, Ashton will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!
About her book: Lively, funny, and deeply researched, her groundbreaking book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical—and 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. Copies of Ashton’s book will be available for sale at this event: $27 per copy, checks or cash only.
Date: Friday, March 15th, 7 PM (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Place: Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118
Parking: Limited street parking around the building. Public transportation is nearby.
Cost: $20, General Admission; $10 seniors/students
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