Ken Dychtwald

Visionary Regarding the “Age Wave”; Gerontologist

Over the past 35+ 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 is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 16 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; Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings and, most recently, A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success. He is currently writing The Longevity Economy: Tomorrow’s Biggest Market is Hiding in Plain Sight. In 2007, he debuted as a filmmaker and host with the highly rated/acclaimed PBS documentary, The Boomer Century: 1946–2046.

Since 1986, Ken has been the founding President 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 includes over half the Fortune 500, and his explorations and innovative solutions have fertilized and catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors—from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to automotive design and retail merchandising, to financial planning and health insurance. He serves on the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging Advisory Board.

Ken was recently honored by Investment Advisor as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. He has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum, and he was a featured speaker at two White House Conferences on Aging. Ken 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.

During his career, Ken 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, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, the Financial Times, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, U.S. News and World Report, the Economist, South China Morning Post, the Standard, the Straits Times, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Today Show, PBS, NPR, and BBC.

Through his highly acclaimed presentations, his 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 purposeful role for life’s second half.

Ken and his wife Maddy live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two wonderful children, Casey and Zak.

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    Consumer Behavior, Future, Marketing

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    California

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Ken Dychtwald's Four Observations on the Future of Aging

From Baby Boom to Age Wave

Over the past 35+ 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 is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 16 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; Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings and, most recently, A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success. He is currently writing The Longevity Economy: Tomorrow’s Biggest Market is Hiding in Plain Sight. In 2007, he debuted as a filmmaker and host with the highly rated/acclaimed PBS documentary, The Boomer Century: 1946–2046.

Since 1986, Ken has been the founding President 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 includes over half the Fortune 500, and his explorations and innovative solutions have fertilized and catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors—from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to automotive design and retail merchandising, to financial planning and health insurance. He serves on the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging Advisory Board.

Ken was recently honored by Investment Advisor as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. He has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum, and he was a featured speaker at two White House Conferences on Aging. Ken 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.

During his career, Ken 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, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, the Financial Times, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, U.S. News and World Report, the Economist, South China Morning Post, the Standard, the Straits Times, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Today Show, PBS, NPR, and BBC.

Through his highly acclaimed presentations, his 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 purposeful role for life’s second half.

Ken and his wife Maddy live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two wonderful children, Casey and Zak.

To book marketing speaker Dr. Ken Dychtwald call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

Note: All of these presentations can be customized to specific audiences and industries.

What is the New Vision for 21st Century Aging?

The 20th century is over—and most solutions to 20th century aging don't work anymore. Are we prepared for the coming age wave? Can we afford to have tens of millions of us living to 80, 90 or even 100+? This visionary presentation will explore both the problems that the age wave brings—and their five interlocking solutions.

How the Age Wave Will Transform the Marketplace, the Workplace
and Our Lives

Increasing longevity, declining fertility and aging baby boomers are triggering an enormous “age wave.”  This demographic tsunami has the potential to create ground-breaking marketplace and work/talent opportunities—and equally compelling social and financial challenges. 

This informative, motivating and entertaining presentation will explore: How will people use their newfound “longevity bonus?”  Why will the “cyclic” lifeplan replace the traditional “linear” model?  How will aging boomers change established paradigms of work, leisure, learning and retirement—as well as lifetime brand loyalty?  What’s the most effective way to market and sell to “middlescent” boomers wishing to enrich the quality of their lives, while forestalling aging?  Why is managing a four-generation workforce the new diversity mandate?

(Note: This presentation can be shaped to focus either on the US, North American or global Age Wave.)

 

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

Everyone’s retirement clock has been reset as a result of the recession.  But highly acclaimed Age Wave research reveals a surprising finding: This could be a good thing, for individuals, the consumer marketplace and financial planning professionals. 

This presentation will explore: Why financial “peace of mind” has become far more important than “wealth” in the new American dream.  How women’s rising financial power is transforming their attitudes and behavior toward money, their family dynamics and the field of retirement planning. 

How the adult lifestage demands of eldercare, sibling care, grandparenthood, singlehood and rehirement will dramatically impact retirement preparation and funding.  We’ll also discuss the products, services and guidance people now seek from financial professionals to safeguard a successful retirement while avoiding the five retirement “wildcards” that could shatter their dreams.


The Cure for Our Aging Healthcare System

Whether we live long lives with vitality and purpose or sickness and suffering will depend to a great extent on our ability to reshape the skills, services and incentives of our current healthcare system.  This new presentation provides a visionary glimpse into the future, outlining the critical course corrections required to create healthy aging and productive longevity. 

Topics to be covered include: Why we must accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to prevent, delay and eliminate the horrific diseases of aging (such as Alzheimer’s); why training healthcare professionals to become “aging-ready” will both saves lives and money; how the boomers’ proclivity toward control, self-care and connectivity can help make disease prevention and self-care a national priority; how new technologies and emerging community-based services can enable us to shift the healthcare focus from hospitals and nursing facilities to home-based care; why establishing a humane and dignified approach to end-of-life care has reached a critical tipping point. 

A New Vision for 21st Century Aging:
Five Critical Course Corrections Needed for a Century of Successful Aging

The 20th century is over – and most solutions to 20th century aging don’t work anymore. Are we prepared for the coming age wave? Can our country afford to have tens of millions of us living to 80, 90 or even 100+? Will existing entitlement programs survive long enough for young generations to reap even part of what they have been paying in? If not, what should they be replaced with? Can our current healthcare system handle the onslaught of chronic degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s? What should the role of medical science play in wiping out late life diseases? Do today’s elderly care about tomorrow’s? What is the new purpose for maturity? Who are the emerging role models of the new aging? Are our leaders capable of distributing limited government resources fairly among many generations, each with its own distinctneeds, styles, fears, complaints, expectations and political priorities? This mind-stretching presentation will explore both the problems that the age wave brings – and their five interlocking solutions.


Optimizing Generational Diversity:
Four Cohorts Rethink Work, Money, Family, Retirement and Success

For the first time in history, four generations of active adults are simultaneously participating in the workforce and marketplace.  Each has its own lifestyle values, attitudes about work and money, means of connecting and communicating, role models and marketplace preferences. 

This high-impact presentation will examine: What key social forces have shaped each generation and produced their distinct, core lifetime characteristics?  What does each generation hope to get from—and give to—their jobs/careers?  How do you manage and motivate each generation, from “encore” workers seeking stimulation and self-worth, to older workers looking for balance and purpose, to mid-career workers trying to reboot their enthusiasm for a longer and more demanding worklife, to young workers struggling to enter the workforce during tough economic times.  How does each measure success?  

This presentation can focus on how to attract and retain valuable talent and enhance productivity through the creative use of flexible work arrangements, innovative learning, mentoring and sponsoring opportunities, sabbaticals, retraining, re-careering, flex-retirement, and creative compensation and benefits programs.  Alternatively, it can orient toward the most effective ways to reach out to—and connect with—Millennials, Gen Xers, Boomers and members of the Silent Generation.

How the Modern Family Is Transforming Aging, Retirement and Community

We are all familiar with families like the Cleavers or the Simpsons—Dad, Mom, and 2.5 kids happily living under one roof in the suburbs.  But over the past 100 years, significant demographic and economic changes have dramatically transformed the American family and communities across the country. We no longer live in a world where most people are the member of a “nuclear family.”  How is today’s modern family—or post-nuclear family—different? How do—and will—family changes impact health and care needs, the workforce, housing, legacy, leisure, social services, and financial planning?  What are the implications for businesses and aging service providers?  How do we navigate the potentially complicated relationships and compelling challenges faced by modern families in retirement and later life, such as blending families together and bridging the miles between relatives living in faraway communities?  This presentation covers four trends that, in concert, have transformed and continue to profoundly influence today’s families:  Unprecedented longevity, family complexity, financial interdependence, and women’s rising influence.

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Million Dollar Roundtable

“I was thrilled to be a part of your Court of the Table presentation. In my opinion, you were by far the best speaker at the meeting. Your presentation was energetic, informative and clearly right on target.”

ACLI, Former Governor of Oklahoma

“I am a Ken Dychtwald fan. In every venue in which I have observed him, he is ruthlessly informative, creatively articulate and immensely entertaining. He is constantly updated and relevant. And he’s a nice guy too. When I brought him before our life insurance industry CEOs, he just didn't talk and run. He stayed. And listened. And learned.”

News Corporation

“Ken Dychtwald was a featured speaker at News Corporation’s global management conference in July 2006, where he joined a line-up of powerful speakers that included Senator John McCain, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and former president Bill Clinton. Not only did Ken command the audience, but his was one of the most enlightening, thought-provoking, and entertaining presentations of the conference.”

SunAmerica Financial Group

“In addition to being a gifted social scientist and great and prolific writer on the topic of aging and retirement, Ken Dychtwald’s presentation and communication skills, and his ability to engage all forms of media are beyond impressive.”

National Association for Home Care and Hospice

“You have a real gift for communicating with others. On a scale of 100, you received an average score of 98%. Obviously, this is just about as close to being perfect as you can get.

President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

“Ken Dychtwald has a unique ability to blend cutting-edge social science and unrivaled knowledge about the marketing and workforce implications of the global age wave with world-class presentation showmanship. The response to his talks to our “Committee of 100” leadership has been tremendous and he has managed to earn the highest speaker ratings in our history of meetings. His presentation style is riveting, his knowledge base grows even stronger with the years and his understanding and insightful solutions are truly visionary. I highly recommend Ken Dychtwald to any organization seeking a show-stopping keynoter.”

President Jimmy Carter

“I have been learning from Ken Dychtwald for years and am convinced that he is today’s most innovative and original thinker on this important subject.”
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