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Book Discussion (Part 1): “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism”

January 16, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Nicole Maccarone and Helen Burton of the Princeton Senior Resource Center lead a six-part discussion of  “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism” by Ashton Applewhite. The group will discuss a chapter or two each week. Registration opens Dec. 2 and is required. The series continues Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20.

About the book (from the author’s website): 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 realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, “This Chair Rocks” traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of ageism — in history and in our own age denial — and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and 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 olders as burdens to society, 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 book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life.

Presented in partnership with the Princeton Senior Resource Center.



January 16, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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