Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.
Futurist, best-selling author, psychologist, gerontologist, entrepreneur
Over the past 40 years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, financial, and workforce implications of the age wave.
Ken is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker and best-selling author of 16 books on longevity and aging-related issues, including Bodymind, Age Wave, New Directions in Eldercare Services, Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old, Workforce Crisis, Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings and A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success. He is currently writing two new books – Financial Caregiving: Where Love, Honor and Money Converge and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. He was the executive producer and host of the twenty-part medical education series Caring for an Aging Society, as well as executive producer and host of the highly acclaimed PBS documentary The Boomer Century:1946–2046 which aired nationally over 2,000 times.
Since 1986, Ken has been the founding CEO of Age Wave, the world’s leading advisor to companies and government groups regarding product and service development for men and women aged 50+. His client list has included over half the Fortune 500, and his innovative solutions have catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors—from pharmaceuticals and medical technology, to automotive design and retail merchandising, to financial services and healthcare.
He has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum, and was a featured speaker at two White House Conferences on Aging. Ken has twice 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. He was recently honored by Investment Advisor Magazine as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. Ken and his wife, Maddy are the recipients of the Esalen Prize for their outstanding contributions to advancing the human potential of aging men and women worldwide.
During his career, Ken has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, social service, and government groups. His imaginative ideas and strikingly accurate predictions are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide. His work has garnered over ten billion media impressions worldwide.
In addition to his role at Age Wave, he is deeply involved in numerous activities for the public good including the Alzheimer’s XPRIZE which he co-envisioned with XPRIZE Founder Dr. Peter Diamandis in 2012. The Alzheimer’s XPRIZE team is now preparing to globally crowdsource a new 21st century approach to ending Alzheimer’s disease.