Ken Dychtwald

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Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.
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Born Kenneth M. Dychtwald
1950
Residence Orinda, CA
Occupation Gerontologist, psychologist, author, consultant, professional speaker
Spouse(s) Maddy Dychtwald
Website www.agewave.com

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. is a gerontologist, psychologist, educator, lecturer, consultant, entrepreneur, and expert on aging-related issues; has appeared in numerous films and TV interviews; and is the author of sixteen books. He is also the founder and CEO of Age Wave,[1] a company that conducts benchmark field research and provides consulting services to corporations and non-profits organizations worldwide on a broad range of issues relating to aging populations.[2][3]

Dychtwald was honored in 2015 by Investment Advisor Magazine as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. He 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. Dychtwald's article in the Harvard Business Review “It’s Time to Retire Retirement” won the first place McKinsey Prize as the best article of the year. Dychtwald and his wife, Maddy Dychtwald, are the recipients of the Esalen Prize for their outstanding contributions to advancing the human potential of aging men and women worldwide.

Dychtwald has served as a fellow and presenter at the World Economic Forum in Davos and was a delegate and featured presenter at both the 1995 and 2005 White House Conferences on Aging.[4]

During his career, Dychtwald 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.[1]

Background[edit]

Ken Dychtwald grew up in Newark, NJ. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Union Graduate School. In 1973, at age 23, he became co-director of the SAGE Project.[5] Funded by the National Institutes of Health, SAGE investigated how newly popular mind/body disciplines, such as yoga, meditation, nutrition therapy, and biofeedback could improve the health and well-being of older adults. At age 27, he published his first book, Bodymind,[6] based on his doctoral thesis. In 1982, Dychtwald joined a panel created by the Office of Technology Assessment, a think tank for the US Congress, to examine how population aging would impact America in the 21st century.[7]

In 1986, Dychtwald founded California Bay Area-based Age Wave, the world’s leading advisor to companies and government groups regarding product and service development for men and women aged 50+.[8] 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.

Dychtwald produced and hosted the 2007 two-hour PBS special, The Boomer Century: 1946-2046.[9] His most recent PBS special With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance In Work and Life aired nationwide in 2009 to coincide with the book release of the same title.[10][11]

In 1996 and again in 2013, Dychtwald received the American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership in the field of aging.[12]

Dychtwald 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.[13]

In 1983, Dychtwald married Maddy Kent Dychtwald, a professional lecturer, author and co-founder of Age Wave.[14] They have two children, Casey and Zak.

Consumer and social theories[edit]

Age Wave[edit]

Ken Dychtwald developed the concept of the Age Wave, which refers specifically to a massive population and cultural shift caused by the converging global demographic forces of the baby boom of the middle twentieth century, increasing life expectancy, and the declining fertility rates of the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Dychtwald argues that as the boomer generation continues to mature, life’s second half will be further transformed and that, in the next several decades, this age wave will shift the epicenter of consumer activity from a focus on youth to the needs, challenges, and aspirations of maturing consumers. According to Dychtwald, the Age Wave will also put unprecedented pressure on families, communities and governments as multiplying numbers of older adults strain entitlements, eldercare, healthcare delivery and pensions.[15]

Middlescence[edit]

In 1988, Dychtwald began popularizing the term “middlescence" a theory which suggests that with the modern postponement of old age due to extended longevity, and the multiplying numbers of people who were reinventing themselves post-youth, a new middlescent lifestage was rising up between 45 and 65.

Books[edit]

  • Bodymind, Tarcher Putman, 1986[16][17]
  • Age Wave: How the Most Important Trend of Our Time Will Change Your Future, with co-author Joe Flower, Bantam Books, 1990[18][19]
  • Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions, Aspen, 1999[20][21]
  • Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old, Tarcher Putnam, 2000[22][23]
  • Leaving a Legacy: The Essential Resource for Financial Professionals, with co-authors Mark Zesbaugh and Catherine Fredman, Age Wave Press, 2006[24]
  • The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life, with co-author Daniel J. Kadlec, Wiley, 2005[25][26]
  • Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent, with co-authors Tamara J. Erickson and Robert Morison, Harvard Business Review Press, 2006[27][28]
  • Handbook of the New American Workforce, with co-authors David Baxter, Tamara Erickson and Robert Morison, 2006[29]
  • Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings, co-authored with Maddy Dychtwald, Grace Zaboski, and Dave Zaboski (who also illustrated the book), HarperCollins 2008[30][31][32]
  • With Purpose: Going From Success to Significance in Work and Life, with co-author Daniel J. Kadlec, William Morrow, 2009[33][34]
  • A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success, with co-author Daniel J. Kadlec, Harper Paperbacks, 2010[35][36]

Film and TV work[edit]

  • Age Power! With Ken Dychtwald: How the 21st Century Will be Ruled by the New Old, PBS, 2000[37]
  • The Boomer Century: 1946-2046, PBS, 2007[9][38]
  • With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance In Work and Life, PBS, 2009[39]
  • The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death & Beyond, mondayMEDIA, 2012[40][41][42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Agewave.com - About Agewave - The Team". agewave.com. 
  2. ^ Susan Adams (19 October 2011). "The Prophet of the Coming Aging Boom". Forbes. 
  3. ^ "Agewave.com - Homepage". agewave.com. 
  4. ^ "ASA Award - American Society on Aging". asaging.org. 
  5. ^ "The Sage Project ... a New Image of Age". sagepub.com. 
  6. ^ "Conversations with Leaders in Self-Care: A Field Guide to Body Work, Interview with Ken Dychtwald PhD as interviewed by Tom Ferguson MD". healthy.net. 
  7. ^ "Pitchman for the Gray Revolution - July 11, 2005". cnn.com. 
  8. ^ "Pitchman for the Gray Revolution - July 11, 2005". cnn.com. 
  9. ^ a b "Boomer Century - PBS". pbs.org. 
  10. ^ ICAA listing of PBS Special
  11. ^ "With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance In Work and Life with Ken Dychtwald, PhD". KQED Public Media. 
  12. ^ "Pitchman for the Gray Revolution - July 11, 2005". cnn.com. 
  13. ^ "Business Wire". 
  14. ^ Maddy Dychtwals bio
  15. ^ Dychtwald, Ken. ‘’Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging America.’’ New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989.
  16. ^ "USATODAY.com - 'Power Years' offers guide to boomers with financial means". usatoday.com. 
  17. ^ "Bodymind: Ken Dychtwald: 9780874773750: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  18. ^ "CATALYST V22N1 - Review - Age Wave: "How the Most Important Trend of Our Time Will Change Your Future"". vt.edu. 
  19. ^ "Age Wave: How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Will Change Your Future: Ken Dychtwald Ph.D., Joe Flower: 9780553348064: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  20. ^ Ken Dychtwald. "Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions". elsevierhealth.com.au. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. 
  21. ^ "Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions: 9780834213630: Medicine & Health Science Books @ Amazon.com". amazon.com. 
  22. ^ Ken Dychtwald. "Age Power". Goodreads. 
  23. ^ "Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old: Ken Dychtwald: 9781585420438: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  24. ^ "Leaving a Legacy: An Essential Resource for Financial Professionals: Mark Zesbaugh, P.H.D. Ken Dychtwald, Catherine Fredman: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  25. ^ ABC News. "Baby Boomers Turn 60 Their Way". ABC News. 
  26. ^ "The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life: Ken Dychtwald, Daniel J. Kadlec: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  27. ^ "Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent". hbr.org. Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. 
  28. ^ "Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills And Talent: Ken Dychtwald, Tamara J. Erickson, Robert Morison: 9781591395218: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  29. ^ "Agewave.com - Tools for HR Professionals". agewave.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. 
  30. ^ "CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEWS - GIDEON'S DREAM; A TALE OF NEW BEGINNINGS by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., et al". The Reading Tub Childrens Book Reviews. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. 
  31. ^ Book Loons review
  32. ^ "Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings: Ken Dychtwald, Maddy Dychtwald, Grace Zaboski, Dave Zaboski: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  33. ^ "Book Review: With Purpose- Going from Success to Significance in Work and Life". coachingcounsel.com. 
  34. ^ "With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance in Work and Life: Ken Dychtwald, Daniel J. Kadlec: 9780061373114: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  35. ^ "Book Info - IndieBound". indiebound.org. 
  36. ^ "A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success: Ken, PhD Dychtwald, Daniel J. Kadlec: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. 
  37. ^ "Age-Power-with-Ken-Dychtwald-How-the-21st-Century-Will-be-Ruled-by-the-New-Old - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com. 
  38. ^ burnor-1 (4 April 2007). "The Boomer Century (TV Movie 2007)". IMDb. 
  39. ^ "With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance In Work and Life with Ken Dychtwald, PhD". KQED Public Media. 
  40. ^ "The Arc of Life: Huston Smith & Ken Dychtwald on Life, Death and Beyond (Video 2012)". IMDb. 
  41. ^ "The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death and Beyond". vedanta.com. 
  42. ^ "Huston Smith DVDs & Video". hustonsmith.net.