A GOOD BOOK ON “OLDERS”

RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUMThe population is aging, we are living longer and healthier lives, and yet, ageism remains the last socially sanctioned bias. As Ashton Applewhite says in the introduction of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, “Racist and sexist comments no longer get a pass, but who even blinks when older people are described as worthless? Or incompetent, or ‘out of it’, or boring, or even repulsive?”

Finding most terms used to describe older adults objectionable, Applewhite coins the term “olders” as a word she describes as “clear and value-neutral.” From the first chapter providing a historical context and exposing aging myths to the last chapter filled with strategies for moving beyond ageism, Applewhite empowers us with facts and perspectives that change our view of aging. Click here for a full book review and some questions for discussion.

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