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Old School Is In! Age Activists Ashton Applewhite & Kyrié Carpenter

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: This event has now been cancelled due to recommendations from the CDC and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  Please do not arrive at IOA on the evening of this event hoping to get in, because the building will not be open.  Thank you for your understanding.  We will be offering this event remotely, at no charge.  Use these credentials below for entry into the event, scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Ashton Applewhite & Kyrie Carpenter online meeting
Mon, Mar 9, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (PDT)

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What the heck is Old School?

Movements need tools, best practices, and ways to share them…so anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite teamed up with fellow age activists Ryan Backer and Kyrié Carpenter to create Old School: An online clearinghouse of free and carefully-vetted resources to educate people about ageism and help dismantle it.

The Old School website launched in August, 2018, and has continued to grow in breadth and depth — as have the ambitions of its founders and supporters.

On Monday evening, March 9, 2020, Ashton and Kyrié will tell you the compelling story of Old School, take you on a guided tour, fill you in on upcoming projects, and explain how and why the clearinghouse is an ongoing, interdisciplinary collaboration that will only reach its potential with help from the pro-aging community (This means you!).  Their goal is to inform and help catalyze a movement to make ageism as unacceptable as any other kind of prejudice.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and Ashton and Kyrié will begin speaking at 7.

Continuing Education Units will be offered for this program (APA, BRN, CAMFT, MCLE)


“I have signed up to Old School and really look forward to drawing on it for the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism.”  Alanna Officer, Senior Health Advisor, Ageing & Life Course, World Health Organization

“I worked for the man who invented the term “ageism” (the late Robert Butler) and I know he would be proud of what the Old School resource center will achieve. It will take a long time to dismantle ageism because the roots are deep in all of us. But the battle has already begun.”  Harry R. MoodyPh.D. Retired VP for Academic Affairs, AARP

Old School  is fantastic! Kudos on pulling together a terrific resource. I will continue to utilize it and share it with colleagues and friends.”  Kirsten JacobsDirector, Dementia and Wellness Education, LeadingAge

Old School  is a valuable resource for my work as a freelance journalist, helping me connect with academics, professionals, and leaders in the field of aging. Regularly perusing the site also enables me to spot trends and stay abreast of cutting-edge thinking.” Kevyn Burger2018 GSA Journalist in Aging Fellow, Minneapolis, MN

“Thank you for developing this important web-based resource and curating the content.  Really great stuff on there that can be of so much help to us in our age discrimination cases.”   Risa Breckman, Executive Director, NYC Elder Abuse Center at Weill Cornell Medical College

Old School exposes ageism’s toxic effects, and impresses with the magnitude of those dynamic individuals and organizations who fuel the anti-ageism movement. Everything you need to shape your own role in eradicating this ‘last acceptable prejudice’ is here. Get informed, get inspired, get moving!”   Wendl KornfeldMember NYC Gray Panthers, RadicalAgeMovement

“It’s a fantastic resource for dismantling ageism and encouraging discussions about growing old!”   Cathy Bollinger, Managing Director, Embracing Aging

 About Your Presenters:

Ashton Applewhite‘s first book, Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well, was published by HarperCollins in 1997. Ms. magazine called it “rocket fuel for launching new lives,” and it landed her on Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum enemies list.  Ashton began blogging about aging and ageism in 2007, and started speaking on the subject in July, 2012. During that time, she’s been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, the New Yorker, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism, and named as a Fellow by the Knight Foundation, the New York Times, Yale Law School, and the Royal Society for the Arts. She’s written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and speaks at venues ranging from universities and community centers to the Library of Congress and the United Nations. In 2017, she received a standing ovation for her talk at TED 2017, their mainstage event in Vancouver. Her book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, was self-published in March, 2016 and was published on the inaugural list of Celadon Books, a new division of Macmillan, Inc. in March, 2019.

Applewhite’s Honors & Recognition:


Kyrié Carpenter, MA, AMFT is radically pro-aging and dementia positive. Her journey started with a question, “What better way to learn about life than in hindsight?” Many elders she met were mad, frustrated, sad and bored; these common human conditions exacerbated by years and circumstance. She began to notice those who rejected the process of aging were suffering more than those who embraced it.  Kyrié calls this acceptance becoming a crone-in-training. Kyrié’s passion for story led her to a career in film, studies in Depth Psychology, and ultimately her work with aging. She has performed in Dr. Bill Thomas’ nationwide ChangingAging tour. Prior to this she worked with elders living in long-term care in San Francisco. In 2015, Kyrié traveled to all 50 states living in a van, the culmination of which was founding a wellness center, Prosper. Kyrié blogs (Huffington Post & ChangingAging) and is a book author. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and wrote her thesis on the anti-aging myth in America.

Date and Time: Monday, March 9, 2020, 7 p.m. (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: $20.00 General Admission; $10.00 students and older adults (62+)


Continuing Education for this program will be available at no extra charge (1.5 Continuing Education Units): APA; BRN; CAMFT (serves LCSW/MFT); MCLE.


As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

–  Identify at least three reasons for the importance of anti-ageism, community-building resources like Old School

– Utilize all 8 portals of resources within the Old School resource site for both professional and personal purposes—both accessing information and making one’s own contributions

– Specify at least three action steps that anyone can take to combat ageism

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 5 working days of the event. An evaluation-test will be provided to all CE registrants, who must then attend the entire program and turn in their evaluation at the end of the program in order to qualify for a CE certificate.

Introductory Level: No prior knowledge of the specific content area is needed in order for you to participate fully and effectively in the workshop. The information or skills will be (or may be) new for those who enroll.

American Psychological Association (APA): Institute on Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute on Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 1.5 Contact Hours.

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys (Provider #13264).

Funding for this program is provided by the JULIAN S. DAVIS, MD, LECTURESHIP FUND


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