Disruptors

A spotlight for extraordinary people who are tearing down outdated beliefs about aging.

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Ashton Applewhite: The Ageism Activist Recalls Her Best Year

"I’ve never felt so deeply energized and so excited by the possibility of radical change!" Learn about Ashton and 10 other disruptors' most memorable years

Yvonne Watson: Defining the Future of Fashion

Learn how she's leading and cultivating the next generation of disruptors within the fashion industry at Parsons School of Design

Youtube Star

Social Media and YouTube: the New Family Therapy
Food was this man’s obsession — and the only thing he had in common with his son. How a relationship can thrive with YouTube  — and a passion for a good dim sum.

Karen Walrond, Writer & Photographer

Karen Walrond, 48: Embracing What It Means to Be 'a Woman of a Certain Age'
A former engineer and corporate attorney, Karen Walrond, transitioned away from the corporate world to launch a fresh career as a writer, photographer and public speaker.

Ari Seth Cohen

Why Ari Seth Cohen Loves Stylish Older Women. We Chat With the Maker of Advanced Style
On fearless aging, values and muses — a chat with Advanced Style’s Ari Seth Cohen.

Dusty Baker

There’s No “Aging” in Baseball!
“In my mind, I’m better than most guys 20 years younger than me, and have more energy.” That’s the disruptor theme of Washington Nationals manager, Dusty Baker, 67 — who’s running one of the best teams in the league!

 

Dr. Bill Thomas In Front Of 'As I Age' Chalkboard, Disrupt Aging

Dr. Bill Thomas: Spreading the Disrupt Aging Message
Author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer, geriatrician Bill Thomas is one of the most creative thinkers in medicine today.

Burning Man

Welcome, Age Disruptors, to — Burning Man?
It’s not the first place you would imagine an 87-year-old. But during the festival last August, the vast, hot playa was invaded by individuals that have been little seen at Burning Man since it started 30 years ago: elders

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Generations Generating: 10 Mash-Ups and Match-Ups
See stars like Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Jay Z and his mother, Gloria and more, team up for great causes.

Disrupt Stacy

Stacy London: What to Wear with Mid-Age Flair
She’s movin’ on from the What-Not-to-Wear Stacy of 2002 – in style – in philosophy. Modern Stacy is ablaze in the modern “evolutionary” woman she has become – gray streak and all!

Everyday Disruptors Spotlight

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Jacynth Bassett

I have an online fashion boutique that celebrates and empowers women over 45.

I am 25 but was inspired after seeing women like my mum feel invisible and irrelevant in the eyes of the fashion industry. I’ve heard terrible stories of women being told they don't belong at fashion events and of designers rejecting A-list celebrities because of their age.

We sell labels typically aimed at younger customers, but we curate our collections to feature designs that will work just as well, if not better, for women over 45. I think beauty comes in many forms, so everything is modeled by real 45-plus women of different ages, shapes, heights and sizes. We also have an “Ageism Is Never In Style” forum that unites women who are disrupting fashion across the globe.

A love for style and looking good never goes away, but the fashion industry still has a long way to go before recognizing this.

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Marte Hepburn 

My wake-up call came when I was 50. My mother had lost her mobility, and I recently learned I had osteoporosis. So I made some changes, like lifting free weights and walking regularly.

By the time I was 58, I was able to rock climb, do whitewater rafting and ride horseback with my daughter.

When I was 60, I hiked Mount Fuji. Then my husband and I decided that we would climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It was the most challenging thing of my life.

I ran the first mile of my life and placed third in my age group when I was 65 for my first 5K. My next goal was a triathlon, and I did it!

I had never been involved in any sports earlier in my life and, therefore, still don’t consider myself an athlete. But encouraging others to meet new goals has been one of the most rewarding parts of my new post-50 adventures.

Karen Putz

I decided to be the best deaf person I could be after losing my hearing in a water-skiing accident. I reached out to Judy Myers, now 71, the world’s oldest female barefoot water-skiing competitor. Now I’m 51 and we barefoot together every year.

Sally Hille

“At 96 years old, I am the oldest DJ in the world. I had retired, but when I hit 90 I decided there was not much radio out there for seniors. I now do a show for WMOA in Marietta, Ohio.”

Lynn Asbury

“Last month I completed the Spartan Sprint in Breckenridge, Colorado. Five miles, 9,600 feet, 18 obstacles. The average participant is 21 to 35 years old. I am 66. One of the best days of my life!”

Joyce Kitson

“Granny basketball was started for ladies over 50 years of age. We follow the rules from 1923, dress accordingly and promote a spirit of camaraderie.”

Michael French

I recently completed my third Super Spartan Race Obstacle Course, with 8 miles and 25 obstacles. I finished seventh in my age group (60-64). People like to ask: “Aren’t you too old? Aren’t you afraid you’ll get hurt?” No, and no!

Del Lonnquist

“Lois, my wife and love of 60 years, had passed away in March of 2014. The kids asked, ‘What will you do now, Dad?’ I said, ‘I am going to go for a little ride.’ 69,000 miles in two and a half years.”

Maureen Knudson

“When my husband and I were 74 and 71, we paddled and portaged across 140 miles between Canada and Minnesota. Since then, we’ve hiked a few places in Europe, about 85 miles!”

Ed Harris

“At age 43 I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease. With no background in medicine, I developed a treatment that reversed the disease. I have had to learn all of this on my own.”