Ken Dychtwald

Ken Dychtwald

Futurist, Best-Selling Author, Psychologist, Gerontologist, and Entrepreneur

Speaker Categories: Aging | Business & Consumer Trends | Marketing | Consumer Trends | Corporate Culture | Futurist | Leadership | Personal Finance | Social Trends | Generational Marketing | Multigenerational | Best Practices

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Futurist, Best-Selling Author, Psychologist,
Gerontologist, and Entrepreneur

Over the past 40+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost aging expert and visionary regarding the lifestyle, marketing, healthcare and workforce implications of the longevity revolution. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author.


He is the author of sixteen books on health, wellness and 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 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/acclaimed PBS special "The Boomer Century: 1946-2046."

Accolades and Awards

Ken Dychtwald has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum and he is a two-time recipient (1996 and 2013) 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 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 a keynote presenter at both the 1995 and 2005 White House Conferences on Aging.

Age Wave

Since 1986, Ken has been the founding President and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide Fortune 500 companies and government groups in product/service development for boomers and mature adults. His client list has included more than half of the Fortune 500. During his career, Dr. 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, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Inc., U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, HK Daily News, South China Morning Post, The Standard, The Straits Times, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Today Show, PBS, NPR and BBC.


He is a visiting faculty at Singularity University, NASA campus, and serves as a senior Advisor to the G100. In addition, he is a Trustee of the American Society on Aging, the Alliance for Aging Research and USAgainstAlzheimer's.

The Longevity Economy: Tomorrow’s Biggest Market Opportunities Are Hiding in Plain Sight

Rising longevity and the aging of the massive Boomer generation are radically altering both the demographic landscape and every aspect of the consumer marketplace. Already 50+ consumers account for more than half of all spending and control more than 70% of total U.S. net worth. In the coming years, we’ll see explosive business growth fueled by this unprecedented age wave. This provocative new presentation was created for business leaders seeking to understand, re-gear, and thrive in the era of unprecedented longevity. This revealing glimpse into the future explores the industries, products, and services that will dominate the longevity marketplace—many of which are hiding in plain sight: The medical breakthroughs and technologies on the horizon that have the potential to dramatically transform health, aging, and longevity; How an aging population’s evolving need for healthy choices will the influence food, beverage, and supplement sectors; How a cyclic lifeplan—with repeated personal reinventions—will stimulate demand for new ways to learn, give, volunteer, work, and enjoy life; How aging Boomers will re-invent retirement and re-define the travel and leisure, housing, education, media, and financial services industries; What ways aging Boomers will take advantage of their newfound time affluence; Lessons learned from four decades on the front lines about the successes of pioneering companies worldwide that have “cracked the code” and created brands and marketing strategies that resonate with this generation of brand-loyal consumers

The New Purpose of Maturity: Redefining Work, Retirement, Family, Health, Leisure, Housing, Giving, Money, and Success

Tens of millions of Boomers are entering their retirement years just as Americans are living longer than ever before. As a result, the timing, power, and purpose of maturity are being dramatically re-imagined. Learn how the exciting spectrum of new lifestyle choices across adulthood will affect every area of our lives. This impactful new presentation unveils Age Wave’s highly acclaimed research and explores a wide range of potentially game-changing questions for business leaders across every industry: How will the distribution of learning, work, and leisure be transformed by our longer lifespans?; How is retirement being re-defined and re-imagined?; What are the changing roles within families?; Will encore careers and giving back become the norm?; How can health be optimized, and will it be affordable?; What changes are needed to make our homes and communities “aging friendly”?; What are the ideal roles for 21st century “modern elders”?; What is the new measure of success?

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, radically shifting our population’s age distribution. This unprecedented demographic transformation is creating tremendous change and opportunities in the marketplace, the workplace and our lives alongside equally pressing social, political, and financial challenges. This illuminating and entertaining presentation draws on decades of proprietary Age Wave research and insights to offer a sweeping analysis of the revolutionary changes we can expect to see in the coming years. Ken will explore some of the most urgent questions facing businesses, governments, families and individuals today, including: How is the emerging longevity revolution altering today’s demographic landscape?; How old will old be in the years ahead?; How will people use their newfound “longevity bonus”?; Will a cyclic lifeplan replace the traditional linear model? How will aging Baby Boomers change the paradigms of health, work, leisure, and caregiving?; How is retirement being reinvented?; What new social and political challenges are being created by this age wave?

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.

The New Alchemy of Travel: In Search of Peak Experiences

Amidst our current workaholic culture, there is an awakening appreciation for the immeasurable value of great times with friends and loved ones, the satisfaction of continued personal growth, and the excitement of encountering new people, places, and cultures. Fueled by the dual Boomer liberations of emptynesting and retirement and turbo-charged by Millennial FOMO, hundreds of millions of men and women worldwide are hoping to enjoy more “time affluence” than at any other point in history. This dynamic new presentation explores the forces causing an unquenchable appetite for stimulating and nourishing "peak experiences" of every form and flavor—and uncovers the abundant opportunities for entrepreneurs and industry leaders who understand the new travel consumer. Longevity: more life, more time, more personal reinventions, more travel. How the unprecedented “age wave” demographic phenomenon will both boost and transform the travel marketplace worldwide. Why the “freedom zone” is now the most liberated and liberating time in life. Life’s true valuables: the growing importance of experiences over things. 2.5 trillion hours to fill: tapping the enormous “longevity economy”. In search of “peak experiences” and how they can both be programmed and marketed.

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?
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  • 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

    Jimmy Carter
  • 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.

    Thomas J. Donohue
    President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • 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. We have enjoyed many top-ranked speakers over the years, including Dr. Victor Frankel, Mother Teresa, David Brinkley, George Will, Chris Matthews, Cokie Roberts, Congressman Claude Pepper and Senator Ted Kennedy, but no one was ever better received than you.

    Val J. Halamandaris
    President, National Association for Home Care and Hospice
  • 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.

    Jay Wintrob
    President and CEO, SunAmerica Financial Group
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