Ken Dychtwald
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Ken Dychtwald

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

Dychtwald is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 18 books on aging, health, reinvention and purpose, and retirement-related issues, including Bodymind, Age Wave, Workforce Crisis, Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings, A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success, and two new books, What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life’s Third Age and Radical Curiosity: One Man’s Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life (Unnamed Press April 2021). He was the executive producer and host of the highly rated/acclaimed PBS documentary The Boomer Century: 1946–2046 and his new public television pledge special Life’s Third Age will be airing nationwide in Spring 2021.

Since 1986, Dychtwald has been the Founder and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide companies and government groups in product and 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 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 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, he 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 media worldwide and have garnered nearly 15 billion media impressions.

Featured Videos

Ken Dychtwald's Speech Topics

Radical Curiosity: Five Key Lessons from a Seeker/Doer’s Life

From his working-class roots in New Jersey to the “tune in, turn on, drop out” cliffs of Big Sur and the pinnacles of the human potential movement; from launching his company Age Wave and achieving great successes and failures; from marrying his soulmate and raising two wonderful children to coming to terms with his own aging process, “age wave” guru Ken Dychtwald is now seeking to make sense of his first 70 years of life.

Although he is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts and visionary thinkers about aging and longevity, in this session Ken provides far more personal reflections. Seen through the lens of a man constantly seeking personal self-discovery and social impact, he provides a glimpse into a visionary’s extraordinary world, and a guide for claiming a powerful vision of one’s own. Dychtwald dives deep to examine the arc and legacies of his own life through touching stories, mind-stretching adventures, and his unique encounters with many of the world’s great leaders and influencers to reveal his keys to a meaningful, magical, and purposeful life.

The five key lessons to be covered:

  • Openness to Learning: Why perpetual self-discovery, self-improvement, re-invention, and untapping one’s potentials are essential and how coincidence and serendipity can play just as big a role in your life as good intentions and wise plans
  • Seeking Balance: How to juggle the new roles of love, marriage, parenthood, caregiving, and work in today’s high-tech, high-pressure world
  • Envisioning Purpose (Again and Again): How to envision and re-envision one’s unique role in life and, with aging, appreciate the value of usefulness alongside youthfulness
  • Developing Resilience: The importance of focus, courage, fortitude, intensity, and the celebration of life’s punctuation points (good as well as bad)
  • Respecting the Arc of Life: Why not only youth—but adulthood, middlescence, late adulthood, elderhood, and ultimately death—should be respected as essential parts of life’s journey

The Rise of History’s Biggest Untapped Market – It’s Hiding in Plain Sight!

Men and women over 50 now make up 33% of the total U.S. population and 44% of the adult population but control more than 70% of total wealth. Due to the combination of rising longevity, declining fertility, and the aging of the Baby Boom generation, this group is now bigger than the entire market of most countries. As active and curious consumers, they are responsible for 53% of all food and grocery purchasing; 55% of all travel and leisure consumption; 56% of new car and truck purchasing; 68% of OTC drugs and 77% of all Rx drug consumption; and 78% of all retirement accounts. However, people 50+ only appear in 15% of advertisements and are disproportionately portrayed as old, sick, and homogenous.

Dr. Ken Dychtwald, who has been North America’s leading visionary and original thinker about the “age wave” for more than 40 years, will explain how to best target this massive, misunderstood, misrepresented, and wildly untapped new market. He’ll illustrate why 20th century notions of “lifetime brand loyalty,” “retirement,” and “seniors” have become obsolete and how with impending breakthroughs in precision medicine, living to 100+ will soon become commonplace. And he’ll provide a mind-stretching preview of the products, services, marketing, and advertising that will succeed at meeting the needs and aspirations of this new “Third Age” while eliminating the ageism that has impeded shareholder value for too long.

COVID-19’s Impact on Our Lives: New Perspectives on Health, Family, Finances, Community, and Purpose from Five Generations

In this new presentation, created in the wake of the world-changing COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Ken Dychtwald will present a thought-provoking analysis of how different generations have been impacted in some very different ways.

Synthesizing a wide range of cutting-edge and highly acclaimed new Age Wave research, this presentation will explore:

  • How the pandemic has transformed people’s lives, relationships, hopes, fears, finances, and purpose
  • How the coronavirus public health crisis has affected each of the five generations differently
  • The negative and positive influences the pandemic has had on women vs. men
  • What younger adults have begun teaching older adults about dealing with this disruption and its aftermath
  • What older adults can teach younger adults about dealing with this disruption and its aftermath
  • Why there is more need than ever for “empathy” and “interdependence” among the generations
  • How the role of purpose has been redefined for everyone in the time of COVID

The Future of Health, Medicine, and Aging in a Post-COVID World

Due to the combination of rising longevity, declining fertility, the aging of the massive global Baby Boom, and the impact of COVID-19, all dimensions of health and healthcare—as well as aging and longevity—are being transformed.

In this revealing glimpse into the future, presented by Age Wave visionary Dr. Ken Dychtwald, he explores:

  • How long might we live?
  • Will our later years be a time of health and vitality or illness and disability?
  • What advances are needed in diagnostics, medical/nursing skills, public health, preventative and rehab fitness, functional nutrition, and scientific advances to ensure that our healthspan matches our lifespan?
  • What are the solutions to the coming caregiving crunch?
  • Will super-longevity be purchasable on the open or black market?
  • How do we feel about “longevity inequality”?
  • What will be the new purpose of elderhood?
  • Will health be affordable?

Works by Ken Dychtwald