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Magnificent Midlife

Jul 19, 2022

Here's another gem from the podcast archives in our summer season. Ashton Applewhite is an author, speaker and anti-ageism activist. I discovered her work about six years ago and have been quoting her daily ever since. Ashton got a standing ovation when she did a main stage Ted talk called Let’s end ageism. She was invited to speak at the UN. Her book is amazing: This Chair Rocks, A Manifesto Against Ageism. She's my ultimate mentor when it comes to everything I now believe about ageing and gendered ageism.

In this amazing interview we talk about:

- How Ashton never had a life plan or knew what she wanted to be

- Why we worship youth in Anglo-Saxon cultures

- The lack of products and services for older people

- How we often don’t like to identify as being in midlife or older

- How facing the ageing monsters is useful

- How fears about ageing are totally out of proportion to reality

- Our attitudes towards ageing affect how we age

- The U-Curve of Happiness

- How midlife is a time of reckoning

- How ageism starts between our ears

- How we need to be more generous towards each other and ourselves

- When we compete to stay young we reinforce ageism, sexism and the patriarchy

- How raising consciousness about ageing and ageism is key

- Why we should be able to compete for 100% of the seats at any table

- How to stop reinforcing the shame associated with ageing

- Being aware of intersectionality when considering prejudice

- The importance of language relating to age

- Ashton’s knees and not blaming non-age-related issues on age

- Continuing the movement

And more!


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