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 35+ 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.

Unleashing the $8 Trillion Longevity Bonus

In this new presentation “Unleashing the $8 Trillion Longevity Bonus,” Ken explores retiree’s giving preferences and habits, how giving can give back, and the three forces that will drive the coming $8 Trillion giving surge.

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 Agenda for 21st-Century Aging: Seven Critical Course Corrections Needed for a Century of Successful Aging

Will the aging of America prove to be a triumph or a tragedy? Based on 35-plus years at the crossroads of demography, gerontology, healthcare and business, Ken Dychtwald provides a big-picture presentation designed to inform, startle, provoke and motivate us toward the seven critical course corrections needed for a century of successful aging. Questions to be asked—and answered: Is the longevity revolution over—or is it just beginning? Can our country afford to have tens of millions of us living to 80, 90 or even past 100? Are older adults an asset or a liability? How will boomers age differently than their parents? When does old age begin—and should old age benefits be indexed to advancing longevity? How must our current healthcare system change to manage the onslaught of boomers and their chronic degenerative diseases? Is retirement obsolete? What should be the new purpose of maturity? Are we becoming a political gerontocracy? Are our leaders capable of distributing limited government resources fairly among many generations, each with its own distinct needs, styles, fears, expectations and political priorities?

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.

The Longevity Revolution: The Future of Health and Healthcare

This sweeping presentation provides a visionary glimpse into the future of the body, health and healthcare. How long might we live? Will our later years be a time of health and vitality or illness and disability? Are we heading toward “Shangri-la” or “Gerassic Park?” How far will we go in our pursuit of the “fountain of health?” What are the new frontiers of medicine – from genomics, anti-aging therapies, therapeutic cloning and virtual surgery to pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals. How might they be used to combat the diseases of aging? What role will consumer empowerment and self-care play in the new healthcare marketplace? This presentation previews how rising longevity, the aging of the population, and increasingly self-empowered consumers are converging to transform nearly every aspect of our healthcare system—from professional training and geriatric competency to IT, from facility design to service delivery, from high tech to self-care.
  • A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success
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  • With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance in Work and Life
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  • Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent
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  • The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life
    The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life Purchase Book
  • The Age Wave: How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Can Change Your Future
    The Age Wave: How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Can Change Your Future Purchase Book

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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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