Gerontologist, Expert in Longevity and Aging
As a gerontologist and longevity expert, Kelly Ferrin has been studying aging and retirement issues for over 30 years. Her extensive work in the financial services industry over the last decade, presenting the latest research, facts and trends in longevity, has provided a new perspective on planning for retirement as a phase of life completely being redefined. It’s more than just the money that determines a successful retirement, and Kelly’s message provides unique insight and information to ensure an effective action plan.
Her focus on the LifeSpan, HealthSpan and WealthSpan aspects of Longevity Management is not only creating a shift in thinking to help better communicate, protect, and plan for all aspects of a client’s life, but is also Kelly’s introduction of Financial Gerontology to assist the industry effectively address longevity risk, rising healthcare costs, and generational planning.
Kelly was one of the first to receive a degree in this field from the prestigious Andrus School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC), which is considered the top school in the nation for the study of age-related issues. She is also a certified AARP retirement specialist and author, whose dynamic perspective on aging and retirement has been featured on radio and TV talk shows nationwide from Oprah to Good Morning America and the TODAY Show.
Passionately committed to help change beliefs and behaviors about retirement, longevity, life planning, and healthy aging, Kelly started her own company in 1986, where she serves as a consultant and keynote speaker sought out to motivate audiences with her informative, inspiring, engaging and life changing presentations on how living long and living well is changing how we live, work, age, and retire in America.
Affiliations and Accolades
She has been recruited by The United Nations and World Health Organization (WHO) with her team of “Super Seniors” to help celebrate the “International Year of the Older Person,” served on the Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports for older adults, co-produced “Age Talk” a cable TV show, and helped create the “Feeling Fit Club,” a unique wellness program which won numerous national accolades, including the prestigious American Society on Aging’s “Healthcare & Aging” award.
Kelly is the author of two books, What’s AGE Got To Do With It? Secrets to Aging in Extraordinary Ways (Volumes 1 & 2), an inspiring collection of true story profiles of people age 67 to 122 and their secrets to ageless living.
As one of the only Gerontologist’s in the country doing this kind of work, Kelly’s vision of the effect of adding 30 years to our life expectancy is inspiring us all to RETHINK how we live and plan our lives, as well as forever change the way we look at aging…and even the way we age ourselves.
The Longevity Revolution: A New Perspective on Retirement
With today’s retirees spending thirty years -- one third of their life in retirement, the traditional form of retirement planning is definitely changing. This new longevity requires a different approach and understanding of the psychology to investing and retirement. This program will explore a new view of retirement and ways to better motivate people to prepare for the reality of this new longevity.
The Retirement Revolution: A New Image of Aging & Longevity
A new image of aging is sweeping across the country as people redefine retirement and what it means to grow older today. With people living longer, healthier lives, and feeling 10-15 years younger than their natural age, retirees are doing extraordinary things in this new phase of life. From re-inventing oneself to reversing the image of inevitable decline, thinking different empowers this new reality of longevity.
Whats's Age Got To Do With It? Secrets to Aging in Extraordinary Ways
How much control do we really have over our aging process and what are the secrets to living a healthy, happy, long life? Current studies estimate that 70% of aging today is based on lifestyle, and only 30% on genetics. Aging is definitely changing and this program will forever change the way you look at aging … and perhaps even the way you age yourself.
In my 20 years in the industry, Kelly’s presentation is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s probably the most relevant and important ‘non-financial’ message that clients need to hear regarding the “qualitative” side of retirement."
- | MetLife
Kelly Ferrin is a dynamic speaker with a very interesting non-financial view on retirement. She really understands what retirement is like in America today for our clients/prospects. Every attendee was glad they took the time to come. I would encourage FAs to use this as a client touch that is not directly sales related but will lead to stronger relationships and referral opportunities. I generated new business from this event!"
- | UBS
If I had known she was going to be this good, I would have invited every one of my clients."
- | Merrill Lynch
We used Kelly for a client event and it was very well received -- we raised $5m in assets that evening!"
- | MSSB