Ken Dychtwald

Over the past 30 years, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. has emerged as the nation's foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing and workforce implications of the "age wave."

He is a psychologist, gerontologist and author of eleven books on aging-related issues, including Bodymind, Millennium: Glimpses Into the 21st Century, Healthy Aging, Age Wave, Age Power: How the 21st Century Will be Ruled by the New Old and Demography Is De$tiny. He has recently completed two new books, The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life (with Daniel J. Kadlec) and Retire Retirement, Rekindle Careers and Retain Talent: Making the Most of Demographic Changes in the Workforce (with Tamara Erickson and Robert Morison). His article, It's Time to Retire Retirement, was recently awarded the prestigious 2004 McKinsey Award in the Harvard Business Review, tying for first place with the legendary Peter Drucker.


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Age Wave, Futurist


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Over the past 30 years, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. has emerged as the nation's foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing and workforce implications of the "age wave."

He is a psychologist, gerontologist and author of eleven books on aging-related issues, including Bodymind, Millennium: Glimpses Into the 21st Century, Healthy Aging, Age Wave, Age Power: How the 21st Century Will be Ruled by the New Old and Demography Is De$tiny. He has recently completed two new books, The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life (with Daniel J. Kadlec) and Retire Retirement, Rekindle Careers and Retain Talent: Making the Most of Demographic Changes in the Workforce (with Tamara Erickson and Robert Morison). His article, It's Time to Retire Retirement, was recently awarded the prestigious 2004 McKinsey Award in the Harvard Business Review, tying for first place with the legendary Peter Drucker.

During his career, Dr. Dychtwald has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association and government groups, and appears frequently on national television and radio programs, including 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CSPAN, PBS, NPR and CNN. Like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, 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. A highly sought-after public speaker and consultant, he is consistently praised for his unique ability to blend cutting edge social science and marketing wizardry with world-class presentation showmanship. His strikingly accurate predictions have been featured in many prestigious publications 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 and Advertising Age.

In 1986, in partnership with his wife, Maddy Kent-Dychtwald, Dr. Dychtwald 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. In recent years, he has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum and is the recipient of the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership in the field of aging.

In 2001, Ken Dychtwald became a Senior Advisor to North Castle Partners, a private equity firm focused on investment opportunities in the "healthy living and aging" sectors. In addition, Dr. Dychtwald has been actively involved in pioneering research efforts exploring the implications of key demographic trends. He has recently assumed the position of Editorial Director for a timely and unique quarterly series in The New York Times Magazine entitled, The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life.

During the past 30 years, through his sought-after 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.

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