Ken Dychtwald
Ken Dychtwald's Speaking Fee $40K - $70K

Ken Dychtwald

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. is the nation's foremost thought leader on population aging and its profound business, social, healthcare, financial, workforce and cultural implications.
Founder and CEO of Age Wave; Author

Expertise In:

  • Business Growth and Trends
  • Retirement
  • Consumer Trends
  • Marketing
  • Futurism

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Corporations
  • Senior Management Groups
  • The Finance Industry
  • The Health Care Industry

Over the past 40+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, and workforce implications of the age wave.

Ken Dychtwald is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 17 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, Healthy Aging, Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings and A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success. His long-awaited new book What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life’s Third Age will be released on July 15, 2020. He is also currently completing a memoir titled The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Lessons from an Irregular Life. He was the executive producer and host of the highly rated/acclaimed 2007 PBS documentary, The Boomer Century: 1946–2046 which aired over 2,000 times on PBS stations nationwide.

Since 1986, Dychtwald has been the Founder and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide companies and government groups in product/service development for boomers and mature adults. His client list has included over half the Fortune 500. He has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum and was a featured speaker at two White House Conferences on Aging. Dychtwald has twice received the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership, and American Demographics honored him as the single most influential marketer to baby 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. He was honored by Investment Advisor as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. Dychtwald and his wife, Maddy, recently received the Esalen Prize for their outstanding contributions to advancing the human potential of aging men and women worldwide. In 2018 he was awarded the Inspire Award from in the International Council on Active Aging for his exceptional and lasting contributions to the active-aging industry and for his efforts to make a difference in the lives of older adults globally.

During his career, Dychtwald has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his 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 and have garnered more than twelve billion media impressions.

Featured Videos

Ken Dychtwald's Speech Topics

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Five Generations’ Perspectives on Health, Family, Finances, Community and Purpose

This new presentation created in the wake of the COVID-10 pandemic, will present a thought-provoking analysis of how COVID-19 is impacting different generations in some very different ways. Synthesizing a wide range of current research and drawing from numerous experts’ views, this virtual presentation will explore:

  • How is the pandemic transforming people’s lives, relationships, hopes, fears, finances and purpose?
  • How is the coronavirus public health crisis affecting each of the five generations differently?
  • What can younger adults be teaching older adults about dealing with this disruption?
  • What can older adults be teaching younger adults about dealing with this disruption?
  • Why is there a need for more “empathy” and “interdependence” among the generations?

Re-visioning Retirement: New Timing, New Purpose, New Planning, New Funding

The convergence of rising longevity, today’s uncertain economy, and widespread insufficient savings has reset the retirement clock. Highly acclaimed Age Wave research reveals that the new retirement could be a good thing—for individuals, the consumer marketplace, and financial-planning professionals.

This presentation explores the most important questions in retirement planning today, illustrates groundbreaking research, and reveals how to safeguard a successful retirement while avoiding the “wildcards” that threaten to shatter dreams.

  • Why financial peace of mind has become far more important than wealth
  • The “family bank” phenomenon and how it could jeopardize retirement
  • How women’s rising financial power is transforming the field of retirement planning
  • How a new model of work can add fulfillment, stimulation, and financial security
  • How the demands of eldercare, sibling care, grandparenthood, singlehood, and “rehirement” will impact retirement planning

How Longevity Will Transform Health, Medicine, and Aging

Rising longevity and global population aging are radically altering both the demographic landscape and every dimension of health and healthcare.

This revealing glimpse into the future—led by one of our nation’s most recognized and respected authorities on longevity and the personal, marketplace, and societal implications of the age wave—dives deep into the questions that are transforming health and medicine in the 21st century.

  • How long might we live?
  • How will we spend our “longevity bonus” years?
  • Will our later years be a time of health and vitality or illness and disability?
  • What advances are needed in medical/nursing skills, preventative and rehab fitness, functional nutrition, and crowdsourced scientific advances to ensure that our healthspan matches our lifespan?
  • Will super-longevity be purchasable on the open or black market? 
  • What will be the new purpose of elderhood?
  • Will advances in healthcare be available for all or only the rich?

Works by Ken Dychtwald