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Age Wave

Majority Of Retirees Say They're Living In The Best Home Of Their Lives

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

In this first phase of retirement, retirees feel a greater sense of freedom to move, if it makes sense, or renovate to make their homes more comfortable and enjoyable. As a result, almost two-thirds (65 percent) of retirees now say they are living in 'the best home of their life.'

3 Secrets To Surviving The Boomer Sandwich

John Tarnoff | Posted 01.25.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Boomers are the 'sandwich generation,' often caught between being caregivers to both our parents as well as to our children. We are in a perilous situation with no clear relief in sight.

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

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

This month is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. I propose that we raise awareness of just how horrible, destructive and expensive this disease is and that we deploy the attention and resources needed to beat Alzheimer's before it beats us.

Study Reveals The 4 Different Ways Boomers Approach Their Health Care

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

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 opportunity, independence, and financial security, or a retirement diminished by worry.

Study Reveals The #1 Key To A Happy Retirement

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

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 a happy retirement is, by no small margin, having your health.

7 Steps to Charting Your New Retirement Workscape

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2014 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

Retirement as our parents experienced it is being retired... As tens of millions of us now ponder whether and how we might work as well as play in retirement -- for the money and/or the stimulation -- it can be helpful to follow the lead of the trailblazers who are already shaping this new retirement workscape.

Why Work In Retirement? The 4 Types Of Working Retirees

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

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?

Why The New Retirement Workscape Is An Antidote To Aging

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

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. We have reached the tipping point where the majority of people now plan to work in retirement, and this later phase of life will never be the same.

5 Key Ingredients For Becoming A Leader In The Aging Arena

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

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.

The 2 Greatest Worries Shared By Retirees

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

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.

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

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

You may have already begun to notice in your own life that the hopes and dreams of today's pre-retirees and retirees are increasingly complicated by three converging family-related trends.

Balancing Your Own Money Needs With Those Of Struggling Loved Ones

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

With today's economic uncertainties, many of us have one or more family members who are struggling financially. A brother who lost his job and is at risk of losing his house. An adult daughter who recently divorced and may need to move back in with you, at least temporarily -- with her two small children.

4 Reasons You Should WANT To Work In Retirement

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2013 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

I know that everyone needs and wants a break, but do you really want to be disengaged from productive activities for the rest of your life? Can you afford not to work at all for so many decades? Can our society afford to pay for so many retired people for so long?

An In-Depth Look At The New Realities Facing Retirees

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Fifty
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

Today, life in adulthood and beyond is far more like rafting down a twisting, turning whitewater river. Its length is uncertain -- you might live 70, 90 or 110 years -- and new challenges, opportunities, discoveries, and potential surprises are around each bend.

The Time to Act against Alzheimer's is Now

Maddy Dychtwald | Posted 06.23.2012 | Fifty
Maddy Dychtwald

If we all put aside the ten minutes it takes to take action, we can collectively implement change.

Be a Comeback Kid: How to Reinvent Yourself at Any Age

Maddy Dychtwald | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Maddy Dychtwald

Ultimately, what the new cyclic life offers us is time. Time to relax. Time to explore. Time to reconsider. Time to reinvent. Time to fire up our engines and time to dial them down again.

What Will You Pass On? It Might Be More Valuable Than You Think

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 01.01.2012 | Fifty
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Many of us live our "legacies" every day through how we conduct ourselves and by following our chosen paths with integrity. Sharing lessons by example to the next generation is a powerful and wonderful gift.

The Demographic Tidal Wave Is Coming

Forbes | Posted 12.20.2011 | Fifty

For three decades Ken Dychtwald has been proclaiming that a demographic tidal wave is approaching America. He calls it the Age Wave, which is also the...

Finding New Purpose on the Age Wave

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 12.11.2011 | Fifty
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Ken Dychtwald, a visionary gerontologist and lecturer, coined the term age wave in the 1980s after realizing the Baby Boomer generation turning 60+ would dramatically shift the composition and needs of society.

Advocacy For the Young Is the Best Advocacy For Seniors

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Visionaries like gerontologist Ken Dychtwald warned decades ago about "train wrecks" ahead when he foresaw the implications of a society demographically dominated by the third age (age 60-plus adults). Now those warnings have turned prophetic.

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

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

What if some factor in Standard & Poor's downgrade is their unchallenged belief that older adults are essentially a "burden" -- that your mom and dad (and in the years ahead -- you) have absolutely nothing useful to contribute to society?

What President Reagan Told Me About America

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

What Ronald Reagan taught me on the occasion of his 79th birthday is that believing in America is terrific, but loving America is an even higher form of patriotism.

New Retirement Rules: Caught Between The Dow And The Tao

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

While the current financial "reckoning" has caused many retirement dreams to shrink or even disappear altogether, it also provides a much-needed social/financial/spiritual wake-up call.

My Parents' Love Letters

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

The Dychtwalds appreciate their differences and according to Pearl, "It's not despite our differences that we have succeeded in creating such a rich life together, but because of them."

The Biggest Problem With U.S. Health Care -- And How To Fix It!

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

We should focus on re-visioning healthcare's purpose: to create long-lived, productive and healthy men and women.