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Lively, funny, and deeply researched, traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. It arrived on a day when I was in deep confusion and sadness about my age—62.
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. Everything about it, from my invisibility to my neck.
The older people get, the less afraid they are of dying. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? (Go ahead, ask me.) I’ve written a consciousness-raising booklet. All tools to help catalyze a movement to make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind.
As Applewhite defines and describes ageism, new ways of seeing and being in the world emerge, empowering everyone to see things as they really are.LAURIE ANDERSON, artist A knowledgeable, straight-talking, and witty book that briskly explains to anyone how-wrong-we-are-about-aging.