Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. 1976

Founding President and CEO of Age Wave (1986– present)
San Francisco, California

As part of Union Institute & University’s 50th anniversary Dr. Ken Dychtwald delivered a special keynote address in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 26, 2014. Dr. Dychtwald’s presentation “How the Age Wave will Transform Our Lives” covered the future of retirement, the newfound longevity bonus and how baby boomers are changing paradigms of work, leisure, learning, housing, employment, and social services.


Dr. Ken Dychtwald earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Union Institute & University in 1976. Over the past 35+ years, he 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 Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society, Age Power: How the 21st Century will be Ruled by the New Old, and A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement and Success.

In 1986, Ken became 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 pharmaceuticals and medical devices to automotive design and retail merchandising to financial planning and health insurance. He has just been chosen to serve as Chairman-elect of the American Society on Aging—the largest association or professionals serving the needs of older adults.

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 strikingly accurate predictions and innovative ideas are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Inc., U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, HK Daily News, South China Morning Post, The Standard, The Straits Times, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Today Show, PBS, NPR, and BBC. In 2011, Forbes featured Dr. Dychtwald’s work and the age wave in the article “The Prophet of the Coming Aging Boom.”

Through his highly acclaimed presentations, his breakthrough research and consulting initiatives, and his leadership within both the social science and business communities, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new, vital and purposeful role for life’s second half.

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