Book Discussion with Ashton Applewhite, “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism”

March 27, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Farrell Learning & Teaching Ctr. , Medical Campus

Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely around the world, has written for Harper’s and Playboy, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? In 2016, she joined the PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year.


Registration and Book Purchase

Registration is required, but is free. You have the option to purchase the book at time of registration or at event. Book purchase from The Novel Neighbor required to enter signing line.

Check-in opens at 6:15pm and the program will start at 7:00pm.


About the book

Author, activist, and TED speaker Ashton Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age.

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 too frail to keep up with the pace of the modern working world and olders should just step aside for the new generation.

Ashton Applewhite once held these beliefs too until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process 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.

It’s time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind of bias. 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. Age pride!


Directions and Parking

Farrell Learning and Teaching Center is located at 520 S Euclid Ave. Driving directions can be found here. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of our close proximity to the MetroLink Central West End station stop.

Limited visitor parking is available on selected parking lots. The St. Louis City Treasurer’s Office maintains a few parking meters around campus as well. These metered spaces are free after 7:00pm on weekdays. Usually the best option for most visitors to the School of Medicine will be to park on an hourly basis in either the Clayton or Metro Garage, 4526 Children’s Place, St. Louis, MO 63110.

WUSM Garage Rates:

  •  0 – 1 hour            $2.00
  • 1 – 2 hours          $3.00
  • 2 – 3 hours          $5.00
  • 3 – 4 hours          $6.00

If parking in the Metro Garage (shown in red below): Take the elevator or stairs to the third floor to enter the building. Make a left upon entry to take The Link. Make another Left toward Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC). Follow signs to keep on the right path. Once you’ve reached the hearth room (open room with a piano) in FLTC, take the stairs to the first floor or make a left to take the elevators. The auditorium is on the first floor.

If parking in the Clayton Garage (shown in purple below): Exit the garage and head toward Taylor Avenue. Cross Taylor Avenue to head up Scott Avenue. Walk straight back until you reach the stairs to the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center. An accessible entry is located to the right of the stairs.

Limited street parking is available on Scott Avenue.

Download a complete map and view interactive maps of the Washington University Medical Campus here.

Event Sponsors: This event is presented by STL Village, The Novel Neighbor and the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health