Declaring independence from ageism

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The Changing Aging blog declared Independence from Ageism on the Fourth of July and named four "incredible leaders to wage this war: Dr. Bill Thomas; the late Dr. Robert Butler, who coined the term ageism; Ronni Bennett, elder-blogger extraordinaire; and Ashton Applewhite, the Imperator Furiosa of anti-ageism." Played by Charlize Theron, Furiosa is the main protagonist of this summer's Mad Max: Fury Road movie, and she is seriously badass. Make my day, and what great company to be keeping. Saddle up!

Is a generation of powerful women turning age into an advantage? Not exactly.

"Could the current cohort of eminent women in their 60s herald an era when aging, for women, ceases to be an enemy, and even becomes a friend?” asks Liza Mundy in the current issue of the Atlantic. (And could that magazine actually be taking a progressive position on aging?) As she observes, it’s an intriguing idea and also a profoundly counterintuitive one, given the notorious dearth of women in the halls of power.

Join us for some consciousness-raising

On Thursday, June 25th, I'm teaming up with the Radical Age Movement for an evening of consciousness-raising and connecting. The evening begins with my new talk, "Let's Rock This Chair: Yes to Aging, No to Ageism." Then we'll divide into small groups for an hour-long breakout session, after which Alice Fisher will talk about moving from personal to cultural change. Guaranteed to entertain, educate, and provoke—come!