About Ken DruckByline BIO: Dr. Ken Druck is an international authority on healthy aging and author of the new book “Raising an Aging Parent.” He has spent four decades helping people grow into the more courageous, compassionate, and resilient version of themselves by transforming adversities and losses of every kind into opportunities. Learn more at www.kendruck.com.
Broadcast BIO: Tens of millions of Americans are faced with the changes and challenges, as well as the opportunities, of having aging parents. Many of them are in the “sandwich generation,” caring for children and aging parents at the same time. With us today is Dr. Ken Druck, author of the new book “Raising an Aging Parent.” Welcome, Dr. Druck. How did your work helping victims of violent loss, such as 9/11 and the Columbine and Sandy Hook school shootings, lead you to understand how we grapple with aging?
Full BIO: Dr. Ken Druck is an authority on courageous living and author of the new book “Raising an Aging Parent: Guidelines for Families in the Second Half of Life.” A best-selling author and mental health expert, he has spent four decades helping people grow more courageous, compassionate, and resilient through even the most severe adversity, tragedy, and loss. His pioneering work in psychology over the past 40 years has included Executive Coaching/Consulting, Visionary Leadership, The Psychology of Men, Parent Effectiveness, Healing After Loss, Resilience and, most recently, Courageous Aging, the title of his previous bestselling book.
Featured regularly in national and international news, including CNN, Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Druck has shaped our worldview of what it means to live honorably, courageously, purposefully, and fully. He is widely recognized as a lifeline to the countless thousands of individuals, families, communities, and organizations he's helped. His body of work, including the founding of The Jenna Druck Center to honor the life and spirit of his daughter, set a new standard of bereavement care and healing following tragedies like 9/11, Columbine, Katrina, and Sandy Hook. He was awarded the "Distinguished Contribution to Psychology" and "Visionary Leadership" awards for his community service and lifetime achievements.
Dr. Druck holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Institute and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University. He is a rock drummer who has jammed with bands including Blue Oyster Cult, as well as a lifelong athlete who played soccer on the US Team in the Senior Olympics and was named "All New England" in basketball and soccer in high school. Voted "Best of YPO" as a speaker, Dr. Druck was known as "Dr. Ken" on Oprah before there was a Dr. Phil. He started the nation's first Community Editorial Board for the San Diego Union Tribune, and trains his service/therapy dogs. A member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council, he is active in civil politics and in environmental causes through the Sierra Club and Torrey Pines Association. Dr. Druck is well recognized as a community leader in San Diego.
Dr. Druck lives and maintains a small coaching and consulting practice on the ocean in Del Mar, California, writing and speaking prolifically on the subjects he loves, working on community service and civility projects, and enjoying the quiet beauty of his life with his fiancé, Lisette, their four-legged boxer, Jack, and their family. Learn more at www.kendruck.com.