About us

Old School is a clearinghouse of free and carefully vetted resources to educate people about ageism and help dismantle it. You’ll find blogs, books, articles, videos, speakers, and other tools (workshops, handouts, curricula etc.) that are accessible to the general public. Our goal is to help catalyze a movement to make ageism (discrimination on the basis of age) as unacceptable as any other kind of prejudice. 
This clearinghouse is the brainchild of anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite of This Chair Rocks, who created it with Ryan Backer and  Kyrié Carpenter
Old School is an ongoing, interdisciplinary collaboration that will only reach its potential with help from the pro-aging community. This means you! If you have an ageism-related resource to contribute to Old School – not about positive aging or productive aging or healthy aging or conscious aging or creative aging, but explicitly focused on ageism – please use the form below to get in touch. 

What People Are Saying About Old School:

The Old School resource is sublime! I had not come across that yet, but it has already provided me so much more literature for my research. l am developing ways for arts organizations to integrate ageism into their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

K.C. Buller, Seattle University, MFA Arts Leadership

Old School is a valuable resource for my work as a freelance journalist, helping me connect with academics, professionals, and leaders in the field of aging. Regularly perusing the site also enables me to spot trends and stay abreast of cutting-edge thinking.

Kevyn Burger,
2018 GSA Journalist in Aging Fellow, Minneapolis, MN

Wow!! The clearinghouse is fantastic!! Thank you for developing this important web-based resource and curating the content.  Happy – and eager- to spread the word.

Risa Breckman,
Executive Director, NYC Elder Abuse Center at Weill Cornell Medical College

Really great stuff on there that can be of so much help to us in our age discrimination cases.

Joyce Collier,
attorney and member of the National Employment Lawyers Association

Old School exposes ageism’s toxic effects, and impresses with the magnitude of those dynamic individuals and organizations who fuel the anti-ageism movement. Everything you need to shape your own role in eradicating this ‘last acceptable prejudice’ is here. Get informed, get inspired, get moving!

Wendl Kornfeld, Member NYC Gray Panthers, RadicalAgeMovement

Old School is a game changer. It allows those of us working to change the cuture of aging to connect, learn from each other, and build on each other’s efforts.

Marlene Krasovitsky, Director, EveryAGE Counts campaign, Australia

I love the new site and I know it will be a great resource for all of us and a central part of the great movement we need to deal with the longevity revolution and the joy of life until we’re dead.

D Kaganova, Visual Artist

Old School is fantastic! Kudos on pulling together a terrific resource. I will continue to utilize it and share it with colleagues and friends.

Kirsten Jacobs, Director, Dementia and Wellness Education, LeadingAge

It’s a fantastic resource for dismantling ageism and encouraging discussions about growing old!

Cathy Bollinger, Managing Director, Embracing Aging

It would have been so useful to have access to a clearinghouse like Old School when I was an undergrad studying gerontology. I am thrilled it exists now!

Joe Quinn,

I’ve really appreciated the resources compiled in Old School for my students who are studying aging. They find it very helpful and it’s great having these resources in one place.

Clara Berridge, Assistant Professor, UW School of Social Work

I am so thrilled to see this resource. It has been bookmarked and I look forward to digging into it. Thank you for your work and please please please, keep it up!!

Emily Miller, LMSW, MSW

I’m madly building my syllabi and collecting resources and I have to say, the curriculum support on your site — now that I’ve had some real time to sit with it — is FANTASTIC. Big props to you and your team.

Nancy Nowacek,
Artist and Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

I’m delighted to be included in the site and delighted about the project in general. I’m incorporating it into my current course on ageism and ableism.

Erin Gentry Lamb,
Associate Professor and Chair of Biomedical Humanities Director, Center for Literature and Medicine, Hiram College

This is a much-needed resource and is presented in an easily-digestible fashion.

Leslie Flemington,
Bridgeport, CT

It’s clear and straightforward and directs attention efficiently toward the resources themselves.

Pat Sampson,
Seattle, WA

It is a great round up of resources!

Melanie Sternberg,
Boca Raton, FL

I worked for the man who invented the term “ageism” (the late Robert Butler) and I know he would be proud of what the Old School resource center will achieve. It will take a long time to dismantle ageism because the roots are deep in all of us. But the battle has already begun.

Harry R. Moody, Ph.D. Retired VP for Academic Affairs, AARP

Old School is an incredible resource. I’m thrilled to be able to point people to it, and am sure this will quickly become the go-to resource that it needs to be.

Marci Alboher, Vice President, Encore.org

I have signed up to Old School and really look forward to drawing on it for the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism.

Alana Officer,
Senior Health Adviser, Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization