Tuesday, June 9, 2020
12:00pm ET, 11:00am CT, 10:00am MT, 9:00am PT
(1.5 hours with Q&A)
$39.00 for CMCs, $59 for non-CMCs
*$25 fee for NASW Certificate (pending approval)
Registration Closed

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too, until she figured out where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. In this provocative, funny, and deeply informed look at the roots of ageism—in society and in our own age denial—Applewhite explains how it divides and diminishes us. Applewhite sets out the personal and professional consequences (especially for women), shows how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, this talk will cheer you up, shake you by the shoulders, and change the way you see the work you do with older adults.

What’s a webinar book club?

It’s more fun if you read the book – but you don’t have to! This webinar will be dynamic and informative, covering topics outside the scope of the book through lecture, storytelling, and live facilitated dialogue with the audience about how to recognize the impact ageism has on our clients, and our practices, and ourselves. This Chair Rocks is available in a variety of formats – so download the audiobook, fire up your e-reader, or grab a print copy, and join your colleagues in the discussion and earn CE contact hours too!

Goals and Learning Objectives

The goal of this webinar is to educate people about ageism: the forms it takes and damage it does —between our ears and in the culture at large — and how we can work together to dismantle it.

After this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • define ageism and give examples of ageist behaviors and attitudes.
  • explain when and how we internalize ageist beliefs and stereotypes.
  • give several examples of how to counter ageism in oneself and in the culture at large
About the Presenter

Ashton Applewhite: I didn’t set out to become a writer. I went into publishing because I loved to read and didn’t have any better ideas. I had a weakness for the kind of jokes that make you cringe and guffaw at the same time, my boss kept telling me to write them down, and the collection turned into the best-selling paperback of 1982. I was a clue on “Jeopardy” (“Who is the author of Truly Tasteless Jokes?” Answer: “Blanche Knott.”), and as Blanche made publishing history by occupying four of the fifteen spots on the New York Times bestseller list.

My first serious 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 me on Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum enemies list. It also got me invited to join the board of the nascent Council on Contemporary Families, a group of distinguished family scholars. I belonged to the Artist’s Network of Refuse & Resist group that originated the anti-Iraq-invasion slogan and performance pieces titled “Our Grief is Not a Cry for War.” As a contributing editor of IEEE Spectrum magazine, I went to Laos to cover a village getting internet access via a bicycle-powered computer. I was on staff at the American Museum of Natural History for 17 years, where I wrote about everything under the Sun, quitting in 2017 to become a full-time activist.

The catalyst for Cutting Loose was puzzlement: why was our notion of women’s lives after divorce (visualize depressed dame on barstool) so different from the happy and energized reality? A similar question gave rise to This Chair Rocks: why is our view of late life so unrelievedly grim when the lived reality is so different? I began blogging about aging and ageism in 2007 and started speaking on the subject in July, 2012, which is also when I started the Yo, Is This Ageist? blog. During that time I’ve 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; I’ve written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times, and I speak widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to the Library of Congress and the United Nations. In 2017 I received a standing ovation for my talk at TED 2017, their mainstage event in Vancouver.

My book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, was published in March, 2019 by Celadon Books, a new division of Macmillan, Inc.


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Continuing Education Information

This event has been approved for 1.5 CE contact hours through NACCM and NASW. Attendee must attend entire webinar to receive any CE certificates. Attendees requesting a CE Certificate for Social Work (NASW) must successfully submit and pass a post-test prior to receiving CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy

The registration fee for webinars is non-refundable. Registrants who are not able to attend the webinar will receive audio & video files following the event. CE contact hours will not be available to those who are not able to attend the entire live event.

In the unfortunate event that a webinar needs to be canceled or rescheduled NACCM will notify the registrant by email and provide information on the new date or alternative arrangements. If the registrant is not able to attend the new date NACCM will refund the registration fee.