Ken  Dychtwald, PhD

Ken Dychtwald, PhD

Over the past 30 years, Ken Dychtwald has emerged as the nation's foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing and workforce implications of the "age wave." He is a psychologist, gerontologist and author of ten books on aging-related issues, including the bestseller, Age Wave, and his latest, Age Power: How the 21st Century will be Ruled by the New Old. Through his sought-after presentations, breakthrough research, consulting initiatives, and leadership within both the social science and business communities, Dychtwald has dedicated his life to battling against stereotypes while promoting a new and vital image of maturity.

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Over the past 35+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America's foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, healthcare, and workforce implications of the age wave. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur, and best-selling author of sixteen books on aging-related issues, including Bodymind, Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society, Age Power: How the 21st Century Will be Ruled by the New Old, The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life, Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent, and a children's book, Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings. His most recent book is A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success. In 2007, he had his debut as a documentary filmmaker and host with the highly rated and acclaimed PBS special The Boomer Century: 1946-2046.

Ken Dychtwald has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum and is the two-time recipient of the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership in the field of aging. American Demographics Magazine honored him as the single most influential marketer to boomers over the past quarter century. His article in The Harvard Business Review, "It's Time to Retire Retirement," was awarded the prestigious McKinsey Award, tying for first place with the legendary Peter Drucker.

In 1986, Ken became the founding President and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide Fortune 500 companies and government groups in product and service development for boomers and mature adults. His explorations and innovative solutions have fertilized and catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors—from vitamins and cookies to automotive design and retail merchandising to mutual funds and health insurance.

Dychtwald has addressed more than two million people worldwide in speeches to corporate, association, social service, and government groups. His strikingly accurate predictions and innovative ideas are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, Businessweek, US News and World Report, The Economist, HK Daily News, South China Morning Post, The Standard, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Today Show, PBS, NPR, and BBC.

Through highly acclaimed presentations, breakthrough research and consulting initiatives, and his leadership within both the social science and business communities, Ken Dychtwald has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new, vital, and meaningful role for life's second half.

    "I've been in this Chapter for fifteen years and I have never seen a presentation as good, as well organized, as thought-provoking, as interesting and as fascinating as what Dr. Dychtwald presents."

    - FHP Healthcare

    "Ken Dychtwald is a show stopper. He is one of the few speakers that can educate, entertain and have you laughing and crying all at the same time."

    - Johnson & Johnson Company

    "Your keynote was one of the most favorably received sessions I can remember in recent years. The feedback to your remarks on our meeting evaluations was overwhelmingly positive."

    - Adva Med

    "The unanimous feedback from all who attended the Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Annual Conference was that this was the most outstanding of 18 annual meetings and that your talk was the best in the long history of this event. We are indebted to you and we extend our deepest thanks for your superb presentation."

    - Palo Alto Medical Foundation

    "Congratulations on a superb presentation! We have had numerous consultants and marketers over the years assess our industry. No one, however, has ever delivered in the way that you did! Your deep expertise on these issues is immediately apparent, but more important, the customization that you crafted made this perhaps the most valuable presentation that our industry has ever experienced."

    - Hearing Industry Association