Ken Dychtwald

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Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D.
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Born
Kenneth M. Dychtwald

1950
OccupationGerontologist, psychologist, author, consultant, professional speaker
Spouse(s)Maddy Dychtwald
Websitewww.agewave.com

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. is a gerontologist, psychologist, educator, lecturer, consultant, entrepreneur, and is the author of seventeen 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 issues relating to aging populations.[2][3]

In 2018, he was awarded the Inspire Award from in the International Council on Active Aging for his contributions to the active-aging industry and for his efforts to make a difference in the lives of older adults globally. In 2020, he was the first recipient of the Pioneer Award from the Retirement Coaches Association.

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]

Life and career[edit]

Dychtwald grew up in the Weequahic section of Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Weequahic High School in 1967.[5][6] He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Union Graduate School. In 1973, at age 23, he became co-director of the SAGE Project.[7] 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,[8] 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.[9]

In 1986, Dychtwald founded the California Bay Area-based company Age Wave, an advisor to companies and government groups regarding product and service development for men and women aged 50+.[10]

In 2004, Dychtwald, Tamara Erickson, and Bob Morison wrote the article “It’s Time to Retire Retirement”, which tied for the first place McKinsey Prize as the best article of the year in the Harvard Business Review.[11]

Dychtwald produced and hosted the 2007 two-hour PBS special, The Boomer Century: 1946-2046.[12] 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.[13][14] His new Public Television special, which Dychtwald created and starred in,in 2020, is titled Life’s Third Age.

Dychtwald is involved in activities 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 approach to ending Alzheimer's disease.[15]

In 1983, Dychtwald married Maddy Kent Dychtwald, a professional lecturer, author and co-founder of Age Wave.[16] 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 and pensions.[17]

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[18][19]
  • Wellness and Health Promotion for the Elderly, Aspen Pub, 1986[20]
  • Age Wave: How the Most Important Trend of Our Time Will Change Your Future, with co-author Joe Flower, Bantam Books, 1990[21][22]
  • Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions, Aspen, 1999[23][24]
  • Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old, Tarcher Putnam, 2000[25][26]
  • Leaving a Legacy: The Essential Resource for Financial Professionals, with co-authors Mark Zesbaugh and Catherine Fredman, Age Wave Press, 2006[27]
  • The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life, with co-author Daniel J. Kadlec, Wiley, 2005[28][29]
  • 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[30][31]
  • Handbook of the New American Workforce, with co-authors David Baxter, Tamara Erickson and Robert Morison, 2006[32]
  • 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[33][34][35]
  • With Purpose: Going From Success to Significance in Work and Life, with co-author Daniel J. Kadlec, William Morrow, 2009[36][37]
  • A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success, with co-author Daniel J. Kadlec, Harper Paperbacks, 2010[38][39]
  • What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life’s Third Age, with co-author Robert Morison, Wiley, 2020[40]
  • Radical Curiosity: One Man's Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life, Unnamed Press, 2021[41]

Film and TV work[edit]

  • Age Power! With Ken Dychtwald: How the 21st Century Will be Ruled by the New Old, PBS, 2000[42]
  • The Boomer Century: 1946-2046, PBS, 2007[12][43]
  • With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance In Work and Life, PBS, 2009[44]
  • The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death & Beyond, mondayMEDIA, 2012[45][46][47]
  • Life's Third Age, Public Television, 2020-2021

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "Trouble ahead for baby boomers", The Record (Bergen County), March 4, 2007 archived at agewave.com. Accessed December 19, 2019. "'It would appear now, looking back, that so much of what I experienced had a lot in common with tens of millions of other people,' says Dychtwald, who grew up in Newark's Weequahic section. 'I look at movies like Grease or Barry Levinson's Diner, and that's kind of how it was.'.... He graduated Weequahic High School on the eve of the 1967 Newark riots."
  6. ^ Distinguished Weequahic Alumni, Weequahic High School Alumni Association. Accessed December 19, 2019. "Ken Dychtwald (1967) a gerontologist, author, self-help advocate, with PBS documentary."
  7. ^ "The Sage Project ... a New Image of Age". sagepub.com.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Pitchman for the Gray Revolution - July 11, 2005". cnn.com.
  10. ^ "Pitchman for the Gray Revolution - July 11, 2005". cnn.com.
  11. ^ "The 46th Annual McKinsey Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Management Thinking". Harvard Business Review. 1 April 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Boomer Century - PBS". pbs.org.
  13. ^ ICAA listing of PBS Special
  14. ^ "With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance In Work and Life with Ken Dychtwald, PhD". KQED Public Media.
  15. ^ "Business Wire".
  16. ^ "Maddy Dychtwals bio". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
  17. ^ Dychtwald, Ken. ‘’Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging America.’’ New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989.
  18. ^ "'Power Years' offers guide to boomers with financial means". usatoday.com.
  19. ^ Bodymind. ISBN 087477375X.
  20. ^ . ISBN 978-0871892386. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "CATALYST V22N1 - Review - Age Wave: "How the Most Important Trend of Our Time Will Change Your Future"". vt.edu.
  22. ^ Dychtwald, Ken (1989). Age Wave: How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Will Change Your Future. ISBN 055334806X.
  23. ^ Ken Dychtwald. Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions. ISBN 9780834213630.
  24. ^ Dychtwald, Ken (1999). Healthy Aging: Challenges and Solutions. ISBN 083421363X.
  25. ^ Ken Dychtwald. "Age Power" – via Goodreads.
  26. ^ Dychtwald, Ken (2000). Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old. ISBN 1585420433.
  27. ^ Mark Zesbaugh, P.H.D. Ken Dychtwald, Catherine Fredman. Leaving a Legacy: An Essential Resource for Financial Professionals. ASIN B000X1ULP0.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  28. ^ "Baby Boomers Turn 60 Their Way". ABC News.
  29. ^ Ken Dychtwald, Daniel J. Kadlec. The Power Years: A User's Guide to the Rest of Your Life. ASIN B007PMPY7U.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  30. ^ "Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent". hbr.org. Archived from the original on 2012-05-19.
  31. ^ Dychtwald, Ken; Erickson, Tamara J.; Morison, Robert (2006). Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills And Talent. ISBN 1591395216.
  32. ^ "Tools for HR Professionals". agewave.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08.
  33. ^ "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.
  34. ^ Book Loons review
  35. ^ Ken Dychtwald, Maddy Dychtwald, Grace Zaboski, Dave Zabosk. Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings. ASIN B001O9CDME.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  36. ^ "Book Review: With Purpose- Going from Success to Significance in Work and Life". coachingcounsel.com.
  37. ^ Ken Dychtwald, Daniel J. Kadlec. With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance in Work and Life. ISBN 0061373117.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  38. ^ "Book Info - IndieBound". indiebound.org.
  39. ^ Ken, PhD Dychtwald, Daniel J. Kadlec. A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success. ASIN B004IK9FQI.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  40. ^ Dychtwald, Ken; Morison, Robert (15 July 2020). What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life's Third Age. ISBN 978-1119648086.
  41. ^ Dychtwald, Ken. Radical Curiosity: One Man's Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life. ISBN 978-1951213312.
  42. ^ "Age-Power-with-Ken-Dychtwald-How-the-21st-Century-Will-be-Ruled-by-the-New-Old - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com.
  43. ^ burnor-1 (4 April 2007). "The Boomer Century (TV Movie 2007)". IMDb.
  44. ^ "With Purpose: Going from Success to Significance In Work and Life with Ken Dychtwald, PhD". KQED Public Media.
  45. ^ "The Arc of Life: Huston Smith & Ken Dychtwald on Life, Death and Beyond (Video 2012)". IMDb.
  46. ^ "The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death and Beyond". vedanta.com.
  47. ^ "Huston Smith DVDs & Video". hustonsmith.net.