<em>Hi Ashton, I wondered if you might be willing to write a short intro/warm up piece linking to your TED talk for The Ifso Times. Keen to put ageism at the heart of it. Your piece can be whatever you think might draw readers to your talk, could be a joke, an anecdote or whatever. </em>
How about this? People are happiest at the beginnings and the ends of their lives. The vast majority of Americans over 65 live independently. The older people get, the less afraid they are of dying. Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? That the 20th century’s astonishing leap in life expectancy is a disaster-in-the making? Underlying all the hand-wringing is ageism: discrimination that sidelines and silences older people. This 11-minute talk is an introduction to what ageism is, the damage it does, and why it’s time to join forces to make it as unacceptable as any other form of prejudice.