Part 3 of the TED Radio Time episode Late flowering. Discover part 1, part 2 and part 4.
We get a lot of messages about how bad it is to grow old. Anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite says that while some of our fears may be justified, aging offers more opportunities than we realize.
About Ashton Applewhite
Ashton Applewhite is an author and anti-ageism activist. The Decade of Healthy Aging, a collaboration between the United Nations and the World Health Organization, recently named her one of the 50 Healthy Older People – a group of leaders “transforming the world to make it a better place to grow old.”
Applewhite is the author of the famous joke book Really tasteless jokes and its many sequels, as well as Breaking Free: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well. His most recent book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageismwas released in 2019.
Applewhite is also the co-founder of the Old School Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse, which offers free anti-ageism educational resources. And she’s the author of the blog “Yo, is this ageist?”, where she answers readers’ questions about everyday instances of ageism.
This TED Radio Hour segment was produced by Matthew Cloutier and edited by Sanaz Meshkinpour and Rachel Faulkner White. You can follow us on Twitter @TEDRadioHour and write to us at [email protected].