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Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.
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Over the past 35+ 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 age wave. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of sixteen books on aging-related issues, including Bodymind, Age Wave, Age Power, The Power Years and Workforce Crisis. His newest 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 PBS special “With Purpose” aired nationwide in 2009.

Ken Dychtwald has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum and he is the recipient of the 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.

Ken is 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 accurate predictions and ideas are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide.

Entries by Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

We Must Beat Alzheimer's Before It Beats Us! And Here's How!

(16) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Alzheimer's Has Become the Scariest Disease of Later Life

It's true. In a new Age Wave/Merrill Lynch study titled Health and Retirement: Planning for the Great Unknown, we surveyed a representative sample of over 3,000 Americans to uncover both their hopes and their concerns about health and healthcare...

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Study Uncovers 4 Boomer 'HealthStyles': Which One Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Part 2 of a Two-Part Series

America's 75 million boomers are about to become our largest-ever retirement generation. And as they migrate into their later years, health will be the ultimate retirement wildcard. For many, health and health care expenses will be the difference between a retirement filled with...

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Study Reveals The #1 Key To A Happy Retirement

(8) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 7:22 AM

Part 1 of a Two-Part Series

Have you ever heard someone joke that if they knew they'd have lived so long, they would have taken better care of themselves? As it turns out, this is no joke. Today's retirees tell us in no uncertain terms that the number-one ingredient for...

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7 Steps to Charting Your New Retirement Workscape

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Part 3 of a Three-Part Series

As I've discussed in the first two blogs of this three-part series, retirement as our parents experienced it is being retired. (If you'd like to read the two preceding blogs, click here for part 1 and here for part...

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Why Work In Retirement? The Four Types Of Working Retirees

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Part 2 of a Three-Part Series

Can you imagine telling Bruce Springsteen that since he's 64, it's time to stop playing music? Or forcing 65-year-old fashion powerhouse Anna Wintour to retire? Should Warren Buffet leave investing to younger folks, since, after all, he is 83? And that...

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The New Retirement Workscape: An Antidote To Aging

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Part 1 of a Three-Part Series

You may have read the headlines and heard the stories: Retirement is being retired. For more than thirty years, I've been analyzing the data and trends, and I've long predicted that working in retirement would one day become the norm. Now it has....

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The New Leadership Equation: Five Core Ingredients

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 7:54 AM

After nearly 40 years working in the field of aging/gerontology, I've come to believe there are five key ingredients for becoming and remaining a leader in this -- and perhaps any -- arena.

First, you must have a forward-facing vision and mission.
You've got to imagine how you'd like...

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When It Comes To Your Family And Retirement Planning, Silence Is Not Golden

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 6:22 AM

The holiday season is the perfect time to let your loved ones know how deeply you care about them by exploring and discussing everyone's life priorities for the years ahead -- including your retirement.

Before you roll your eyes, read on and you'll get a clear picture of how...

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The Elephant In The Room When It Comes To Family And Retirement

(7) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:00 AM

For most of us, our families make our lives -- and life in retirement -- richer and far more enjoyable. However, retirement planning has traditionally centered on just dollars and cents -- and largely on the financial needs of an individual or a couple. With more and more of our...

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New Retirement Realities: Part 3 Of 3 'The Family Factor'

(6) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 8:25 AM

Part III: The Family Factor -- Retirement in a New Era of Family Interdependence

This is the third part in a three-part series exploring findings from "Americans' Perspectives on New Retirement Realities and the Longevity Bonus," a landmark national study just completed by my firm, Age Wave, in...

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New Retirement Realities: Part 2 Of 3 "Work And Leisure"

(65) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 9:47 AM

Part II: New Retirement Lifescape: Work and Leisure -- a Revolving Door


This is the second in a three-part series exploring findings from "Americans' Perspectives on New Retirement Realities and the Longevity Bonus," a landmark national study just completed by my firm, Age Wave, in partnership...

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New Retirement Realities: A Three-Part Series

(50) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 8:48 AM

Part I: The #1 Retirement Wildcard

Webster's Dictionary defines retirement as a time "to disappear" or "go away." That's definitely not the way people now view the prospects for this relatively new -- and steadily lengthening --stage of life. For previous generations, navigating retirement was very often like rowing across...

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The Transformation of Retirement

(19) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 8:43 PM

For quite some time I have been trying to figure out how increasing longevity combined with the boomer proclivity for lifelong personal reinvention is going to transform retirement. And, of course, as a psychologist and gerontologist, through my research and writing (16 books), I have been coming to my own...

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Do Boomers Have The Guts And Wisdom To Course Correct Our Aging Nation?

(187) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 10:32 AM

Each day, another ten thousand baby boomers turn 65. Born in 1950, I'm a member of this cohort. As we migrate into elderhood, our huge numbers and vast influence over the economy, social policy and the culture in general will transform America into a "gerontocracy." And the growing costs of...

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Remembering Maggie Kuhn: Gray Panthers Founder On The 5 Myths Of Aging

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 3:52 PM

This post is the second part of a recently unearthed interview I conducted with prophetic Gray Panther Founder Maggie Kuhn in 1978. You can read part one here. Her compassion, vision, wisdom and futuristic ideas can be found in every passage. Enjoy!

Ken Dychtwald: Many older men and...

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Liberating Aging

(8) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Maggie Kuhn was a woman far ahead of her time. She was both a visionary and a role model for young and old, attesting to our potential for strength, worth and beauty in the later years. I'm also honored to say that she was my friend and mentor.

In...

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S&P Decided Your Aging Parents Are Destroying America: Is That OK With You?

(44) Comments | Posted August 14, 2011 | 10:25 PM

We stand poised at the edge of history, experiencing a longevity revolution unlike anything the world has ever encountered. And this "age wave" is impacting us in some unexpected ways. One disturbing example is that Standard & Poor's just downgraded America's credit rating, causing an unimaginable loss of money, security...

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The Path to a Successful Retirement: Lessons from the Trailblazers

(4) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 7:00 PM

The financial "reckoning" we have just gone through has caused many of us to seriously rethink our current lives and future retirements. While many Americans got pretty shaken up over this past decade, most of us are emerging wiser, more disciplined and with a more pragmatic approach to a new...

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Is Retirement Getting Better Or Worse?

(29) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 2:00 PM

Exactly 10 years ago in 2001, Age Wave, in partnership with SunAmerica Financial Group and Harris Interactive, conducted the landmark "Re-Visioning Retirement" study, for which we interviewed 1,000 men and women age 55 and older to learn how they felt about retirement. This groundbreaking investigation was the first to look...

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What President Reagan Told Me About America

(22) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 10:25 AM

On Sunday, Feb. 6th, our nation will pause to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan. I'm certain that philosophers and pundits from every political persuasion will weigh-in on President Reagan's political legacy -- and on his strengths and weaknesses as America's 40th Commander-in-Chief.

However, I...

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