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Required Reading from Shayla Stern

Stria Staff April 16, 2018
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Shayla Thiel Stern, Ph.D., is the Editorial and Content Director for Next Avenue, public media’s daily digital journalism service for people over 50. She has spent her career working in digital media journalism and marketing at organizations including washingtonpost.com, Edmunds.com, Cars.com and Fast Horse, and as a media professor at the University of Minnesota and DePaul University.

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
By Ashton Applewhite

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.

It’s time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind. 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. Age pride! (From the publisher)

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Want to know what media content Shayla has found to be most meaningful to older consumers? Read her Stria essay on the subject.