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A spotlight for extraordinary people who are tearing down outdated beliefs about aging.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

Disruptor Filmmaker Joan Kron: “I Never Lie About My Age — or My Face-Lifts”

First-time filmmaker talks about producing her first movie at 89, plastic surgery and breaking barriers in the media field

Disrupt aging au naturale Toni

I Look My Age? Why, Thank You!
These natural beauties pose for the camera sans “procedures,” owning every lovely wrinkle

Venus Williams

Five Mind-Boggling Numbers You Need to Know About Venus Williams
And they don’t include her age. The superstar has far more important numerical tidbits to share, from endorsement deals to her successful pursuit of equal prize money for women.

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.

Yvonne Watson

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

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

Janice

Janice Ferebee

Although my body is getting older, I'm proud to be an over-60 dance and fitness diva. I’m committed to aging gracefully, embracing my fourth quarter (60-80) and living my best life! 

I’m a cancer survivor and have been in remission for five years from stage IIB fallopian tube cancer, the rarest of gynecologic cancers. I’ve also been blessed with over 25 years of long-term recovery from drug and alcohol use.

I’m grateful to have found a group of women (and sometimes men) of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors who work out with me at Wanda Bamberg Tia’s Work It! Studio. We’ve all become a family.

Learning my limitations and accepting the inevitable, I am making the most of my life and hope to be a powerful example for women and girls!

Disrupt Everyday Caytha

Caytha Jentis

I am the producer of The Other F Word, a comedic web series about four friends who reinvent themselves after their kids have grown up.

When I presented the show to Hollywood gatekeepers, I was told that my script was very good, but it targeted a “tough” demographic — women over 45.

I set out to prove them wrong. Our show was the number one series on Amazon Video for four months, has been streamed daily since we launched, and now has 750,000 unique visitors.

In spite of my success with this show and several others, I was told that I was too old to be a staff writer. Not ready to give up, I added more midlife women to my team, including a former Comedy Central network executive and Emmy Award-winning director.

We are determined to break through the glass ceiling, particularly for mothers who are pivoting in midlife.

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.”