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Population Aging, Futurist, best-selling author, psychologist, gerontologist, entrepreneur
Ken Dychtwald

 

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.

Biography

Over the past 30+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America´s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, healthcare and workforce implications of the population aging age wave. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of fifteen books on aging-related issues, including Bodymind, Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society, Age Power, 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 and his latest – a children’s book Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings. His most recent book is entitled 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.” His most recent PSB special “With Purpose” aired nationwide in 2009 to coincide with the book release.

In 1986, Ken became 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. His explorations and innovative solutions have fertilized and catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors—from vitamins and cookies to automotive design and retail merchandising to mutual funds and health insurance.

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, Business Week, Inc., U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, Hong Kong Daily News, South China Morning Post, The Standard, The Straits Times, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, PBS, NPR and BBC.

He is the recipient 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. 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 and vital image of maturity.

 

Testimonials

“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.”
President 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

“Every business leader who is thinking creatively about the future has to listen to Ken Dychtwald’s insights about demographics, aging, and their impact on the global marketplace….” Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric

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

 “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.”
Peter Chernin, President and COO News Corporation

“The global population is turning gray—and no one understands the economic, social, and personal impact of this better than Ken Dychtwald.”
Sir Martin Sorrell, Chairman and Chief Executive WPP Group, plc

“Our members thought your presentation was thoughtful, interesting and very effective. That’s a ‘10’ and we thank you very much.”
Karen Ignagni, President and CEO America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)

“Ken Dychtwald is a showstopper. He is one of the few speakers that can educate, entertain, and have you laughing and crying—all at the same time.”
Brian Perkins, Company Group Chairman Johnson & Johnson Company

“I’ve seen Ken speak on many occasions and it’s easy to see why he is the undisputed authority on the maturation of the American baby boomer.”
Larry Jones, President TV Land

“On an objective rating of 1 to 10, there is the universal opinion that you would receive a 15! Not only was your participation appreciated, but the audience profoundly connected with you. Most of all, your presentation was an endorsement of grand optimism, both professionally and personally.”
Larry Pimentel, President and CEO Cunard Seabourn

 “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

“Ken Dychtwald is simply extraordinary! His substantive presentation on relevant issues that affect us all is framed with an inspiring style and a persuasive delivery. Dr. Dychtwald is a brilliant thought leader who grabs your attention instantly and, on merit and with solid documentation, convinces us that our tomorrows can be filled with zest and promise. What audience wouldn’t benefit measurably from that?”Dr. Nido R. Qubein President, High Point University; Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Co.

“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.”
Jennifer Borislow, Chair, Top of the Table Million Dollar Roundtable

“Ken Dychtwald is a rock-star speaker who captures an audience with exceptional insight, compelling data, and self-effacing humor. Each attendee leaves with information they can apply the very next day.”
Laurence Barton, Ph.D., President and CEO The American College

 Presentation Topics

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

A New Vision for 21st Century Population 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 distinct needs, 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. 

 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?

 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.  

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. 

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