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. Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? Underlying all the hand-wringing is ageism: discrimination that sidelines and silences older people. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, Ashton’s presentation 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!