Rock Your Retirement Show
Summary: Have you every asked yourself, "Is there more to Retirement than money?" If so, then this show is for you! Rock your Retirement is a show that is all about Retirement Lifestyle. Rock Your Retirement is a show that doesn't talk about money or investments. We explore how you can have a great retirement by taking a look at the following lifestyle areas: Social and Family Life in Retirement Adventure and Travel in Retirement Volunteer and Philanthropy Spirit, Soul, and Health Sex in Retirement Sandwich Generation Issues (helping your children and parents at the same time) Make your retirement lifestyle better by listening to the Rock Your Retirement Show! Get more information on the show at http://RockYourRetirement.com
Jim Moir doesn’t think that he’s too old to skydive. Henry had a conversation with Jim and found out that Jim used to skydive competitively. When he retired he said he was obviously too old for competition because the youngsters thrash him. Jim couldn’t just retire from skydiving though, so he redirected the skills and experience he had built up over decades. So he’s still involved in the sport he loves. Henry follows Jim’s progress in life and parachuting, from beginner to competitor to champion and instructor. Not only does Jim like to parachute out of airplanes, but he also taught his wife to skydive. She went from a novice to a champion skydiver in under two years. Jim lives in Melbourne, Australia, as do many of Henry’s guests. They go over what equipment you need. Henry and Jim talk about why you can skydive at any age. They talk about the great innovations in the sport. And why age doesn’t matter. Do you want a heart stopping feeling of exhilaration? Try skydiving. At any age. But that’s not all. Even if you aren’t interested in jumping out of an airplane, listen to Jim and Henry talk about how you can use your skills to make your retirement great. The camaraderie of continuing a sport or an activity into retirement can make the activity worthwhile. During the interview Jim mentions flying with a wing suit. If you have never seen this, watch this YouTube video to get you excited, or shake your head in horror. How can you apply Jim’s suggestion of extending your hard won experience to your retirement? Let us know with a comment in the reply box below.
Thinking of cruising in retirement? Check out Cruise Critic! As most of you know, I recently went on a cruise, and while I was there, I met Donna Clark. I just had to interview her for the show to talk about Cruise Critic! Donna doesn’t work for this website…she just thinks it’s pretty awesome and so do I! And no, they are not paying me to say this! (But they should…right? Ha!) http://CruiseCritic.com is the most extraordinary place to go to find volumes of information and helps keep you cruising in retirement. This website is a valuable tool for anyone looking into cruising or on a cruise. You can find things such as: * Member reviews of cruises * Reviews of ships * Reviews of staterooms on the ships * Port reviews * Sometimes they will have professional reviews along with member reviews * Excursion reviews * Finding a cruise * Browsing destinations and deals and much… much more! You can become a member of cruisecritic and there are some great benefits to this. Community Page: When you click on the community page and select your cruise line, it is like a bulletin board. People will post questions and anyone can answer them. There is a ton of information! Roll Call: You can find the actual cruise you are going to be on. Once you click on that, you can talk to other people that are going to be on your ship. Another benefit of Roll Call is the ability to set up private tours.There are quite a few great things about private tours * Fewer people so you get to know the people in your group better * Less waiting * More of what YOU want to do * The only real downside of private tours is if you have a fear (like I do) of getting back to the ship on time before it takes off! Most private tour companies will guarantee you will be back on time, though. You can research private tours through the magic of Google as well! Cruisecritic group party- Who doesn’t love a good party? Member will receive a special invitation to what is often referred to as a “meet and mingle”. So fun!. All of this great information and the best part…it’s totally FREE! Website: www.cruisecritic.com If you would like to download our Free Report, Secrets about Retirement your Broker won’t tell you! just go to: www.RockYourRetirement.com/Secrets Special Thanks to: * Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes! * Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific * Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays * YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes This post about retirement and Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on http://RockYourRetirement.com
Rod and Tina Holt wanted to explore Australia after working hard physical labor all their lives. They decided on a life on the road in a RV, known as a caravan in Australia. Now they are RVing across Australia. Rod, being very independent loves the freedom of the wide open road, not to mention the absence of stress! But just how do you start to live the RV life? Henry and Rod had a great discussion about living this lifestyle, caravaning and how free it feels. He asked them how they started (after all, moving into such a tiny movable space isn’t something that you do every day for sure!) The Holts started small. They new that they needed to acclimate themselves to this lifestyle so they started with short trips to get acquainted with living in an RV, and then they decided to see every corner of Australia. That’s when they began RVing across Australia. During the interview Henry gets them to discuss issues such as: * How to choose the right RV for you * Important issues to look for * Where to store your RV * How to stay safe on the road * The pleasures of going where ever you want to go Rod took control of his life at an early age, and this allowed Tina and him to design a life around their own priorities. They were more concerned about their lifestyle than getting a good education and then working for the rest of their lives. Rod cares more about freedom, meeting new people, and exploring! If you want to learn more about how to include RVing into your Retirement lifestye, or how you can actually live in an RV, check out Rock Your Retirement Episode 48, How to Live in an RV. What about you? Tell us about your experiences in an RV in the comments below.
Diane Valenti loves to travel and is especially enthusiastic about philanthropic and sustainable travel. She is the founder of Llama Expeditions, which gives private guided trips to South America. These trips are for the young at heart who looking for life changing perspectives. Oh, and for her 9-5 corporate job, she consults with Fortune 500 companies to design learning experiences that help employees reach their potential at work. In 2008 Diane and her father took a trip to Machu Pichu to fulfill one of his bucket list items. It was a magical experience that really moved her. Diane decided she wanted to create these experiences for others. With each tour she makes a donation, and she also gives the opportunity for her guests to donate. She chooses the organizations who get her philanthropic attention by researching them at Idealist. Diane wants to leave a trace…but the right kind of trace. Secrets about Retirement Your Broker won’t tell you. Get your FREE report NOW! This is not what some people call “voluntourism”. These groups are not painting walls, only for the next group to repaint them. (Yes this happens!) These are trips where you really get to know the people. And you get to see that your donation makes a difference. And that’s how you can participate in sustainable tourism. It’s Philanthropic tourism at it’s best. Today’s Freebie: The Traveler’s Guide to Changing the World which you can find by going to http://RockYourRetirement.com/Travel You can reach her at http://llamaexpeditions.com Special Thanks to: * Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes! * Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific * Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays * YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes This post about retirement and Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on http://RockYourRetirement.com
Why are life stories important? There are things in the world that most folks just don’t think about. Maybe till it is too late. Janella Hodgson records the life stories of people as they approach the end of their life. Maybe they are terminally ill, or maybe they are simply aged and worn out. Secrets about Retirement Your Broker won’t tell you. Get your FREE report NOW! She is a volunteer for Eastern Palliative Care, which is an organization that provides Palliative and Hospice services. These include home and nursing care to recording and transcribing the stories of people who have moved beyond medical help. People want their story told. You’ll find out their motivation, their reactions, and why Janella wanted to be a voluntary biographer. You’ll find answers to the question “Why are life stories important?”. Interestingly, for the biographer a successful outcome for their work is not necessarily a published biography, nor is that the over-riding purpose of this program. But you are going to have to listen to the interview to sort that out. Eastern Palliative Care is always looking for more biographers. They provide effective guidelines and comprehensive training to their volunteers to ensure their clients are safe and respected. This is obviously not something that appeals to the masses, but if you are one of those special people with empathy and a few skills, you can find more information by clicking on the link below and working your way to ‘Volunteers’ which you will find under the ‘Supporting EPC’ tag in the menu. And as an aside, you may be able to contact a hospice or palliative care agency in your area to see if they are looking for volunteers to do this type of work where you live. What do you think about these types of programs? Is this something you could do? Have you told your story yet? Did your loved one get to tell his life story? Let us know in the comments below! Special Thanks to YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes
I asked Karin to come on the show to talk to us about the documents we need to have a great retirement. Karin Schumacher has been an attorney since 2001. She is regarded as compassionate, accomplished, and dedicated at Elder Law & Advocacy, Legal Aid Society, and San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. She has effectively served over 12,000 clients. She talks about her grandfather who was a very “well to do” business owner. (He owned 3 auto supply stores). At the time he passed away in 1975, he had over ten million dollars. He wanted his children and his grandchildren to receive that. The problem was that unbeknownst to him, the Corporate Trustee he used, did not have his best interest at heart. All of his hard earned money had been squandered. Now in 1975, there was far less oversight on Corporate Trustees and a lot fewer regulations than there are now. Put these documents in place BEFORE they are needed. Also update or review them on a regular basis because life events and circumstances change frequently.” Karin goes over each of these in greater detail during the interview. Below, is the list of documents we need to have a great retirement: * Advanced Healthcare Directive- This is basically your end of life wishes. It is a 55-page document that goes over your medical wishes should you become incapacitated. * Power of Attorney (Springing or Immediate) Springing POA- Only takes place upon incapacity. Immediate- Be cautious here because the moment you sign an immediate POA, the power goes to the agent. However, a POA is one of the documents we need to have a great retirement. Kathe likes the Springing kind. * HIPAA Release (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) – Prohibits Healthcare providers from releasing information unless you have completed a HIPAA release form. * Trust- If you own a home and or assets in California above $150,000 then a Trust will assist in avoiding probate. * Will – If you are distributing assets by other means and don’t own a home, then be sure to create a will. To get today’s Freebie, What Documents Do I Need Before I Become Incapacitated, go to http://rockyourretirement.com/Incapacitated Contact Information for Karin: www.AfsarEstatePlanning.com Special Thanks to: * Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes! * Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific * Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays * YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes This post about retirement and Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on http://RockYourRetirement.com *Rock your Retirement discusses retirement issues, but neither Rock Your Retirement nor Kathe Kline provides legal advice. Please be sure to consult your own attorney.
If you go to sea at fifteen, by sixty five you will have seen and learned a few things. Rob Anderson certainly has. They didn’t talk about what Rob is doing in retirement. But they did have a hilarious discussion about his experiences as the Captain or First Mate of the various ships he has worked on. He tells of experiences like towing oil rigs, and doing duty as the medical officer. There were burials at sea, and a story about what happens when you are shaving without any clothes on while travelling in rough seas. Henry challenges us to guess how that turned out. There were plenty of other stories but you know how colorful a captain of the ship can be, so Henry couldn’t air those stories. Ha! In the later part of the show they talk about the times Rob was the Captain of the ship, “Sea Shepherd” and he was also captain of the ship the “Steve Irwin”. Sea Shepherd is the organization whose ships deliberately challenge the Japanese whaling fleet while they slaughter hundreds of whales in the name of scientific research. It was at this point that Rob became seriously serious. Secrets about Retirement Your Broker won’t tell you. Get your FREE report NOW! If you are interested in conservation on land or sea, then you can possibly work with Greenpeace. Note: We aren’t recommending them, we are just giving you the information! You can also visit The Sea Shepherd website. You can get involved, donate, or purchase Sea Shepherd items. Rob mentions that you can go on board the “Steve Irwin” when it is in dock at Williamstown, talk to the folks, and maybe arrange to sail with them if appropriate. (This is for you Aussies! Can I call you Aussies? I’m not sure of the protocol here.) Join the discussion below. Let us know about your own ship activities and conservation efforts! Special Thanks for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes
In this episode, I talked with Bart Astor. Bart has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS’s “MarketPlace,” Ric Edelman’s “The Truth About Money,” AARP Radio, “Two Boomer Babes,” and Boomer’s Rock radio. So as you can imagine, I was honored to have him on my show! Bart Astor is a recognized expert in life’s transitions and eldercare. He is the author of a plethora of books including AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life. This book does talk about money, but it also talks about health, work, lifestyle, and pursuing your dreams. And that’s what this show is about! I wanted to find out what his 5 golden rules of retirement were… When we are working, and thinking about retirement, one of the issues we have to deal with is our ego. Our identity. Who are we? In Bart’s writings, he’s talked about 5 golden rules of retirement, or for setting the roadmap to what he calls a successful “Second Adulthood.” Bart goes into more detail about this in the interview but… Those 5 golden rules of retirement are: * You get to choose your own goals * Most of what happens to us in our lives is not really a surprise * The level of your activity influences your choices (This includes mental and physical activity) * Quality of life is about retirement lifestyle * Don’t judge yourself Books * AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices About Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle … and Pursuing Your Dreams * Graduate from College Debt-Free: Get Your Degree With Money In The Bank * Baby Boomers Guide to Caring for Aging Parents * What Can You Do with a Major in Biology? * How to Care for Your Aging Parents * CliffsNotes Understanding Life Insurance * KAPLAN YOU CAN AFFORD COLLEGE * The Official Guide to Financing Your MBA To get today’s Freebie, Level of Activity Scale, go to http://rockyourretirement.com/LevelOfActivity Contact information for Bart: Twitter: @bartastor * Email: Bart@BartAstor.com * Website: www.BartAstor.com Special Thanks to: * Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes! * Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific * Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays * YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes This post about retirement and Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on
The common belief is that artists have to starve for years before becoming successful. Agnes Parcesepe is living proof that it doesn’t have to be the case. She started painting young, and is still painting in retirement. Agnes talks about her progress from simply liking art in her youth, to taking up painting later in life. She then transitioned from student to teacher in a few short years. This artist has won a myriad of competitions, she’s had international exhibitions, and patrons have purchased her paintings purchased and hung them all round the world. Amazing stuff when you stop to think about it. She has a passion for creativity and painting, and love of the natural world. This is not to say she makes her living painting, because she doesn’t. But that isn’t her objective anyway. The objective doesn’t have to be money when you are painting in retirement . Agnes’ intense drive to improve and commitment to complete projects has funded her hobby and given her immeasurable satisfaction and a part income. Henry and Agnes discuss how to take YOU can take up painting in retirement. They tell you what your first steps need to be, how and where to learn, and then how to become better known and how to market your works. You might ask…”What medium should I use”? Agnes very strongly recommends experimenting with a wide variety of mediums to really establish which you like best and which one suits your style and subject matter. Secrets about Retirement Your Broker won’t tell you. Get your FREE report NOW! Painting in Retirement does not cost a lot to enter, and it is also relatively portable. Like photography or bird watching you can engage in painting or drawing at home, on holiday, in the city, in the country … anywhere. You can see Agnes’ works on her website at www.agili.com.au or contact her if you like at email@example.com At one point in the interview Henry and Agnes discuss a health related issue that Agnes has been overcoming with natural therapies. You can listen to the episode by clicking on the play button or subscribing on your smartphone. Join the conversation! Tell us what you think in the comment box below! Special Thanks to: * Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes! * Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific * Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays * YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes This post about retirement and Retirement Lifestyle first appeared on http://RockYourRetirement.com
Today Gary Knight came on the show and told us about San Diego Futures Foundation (SFFF). This organization helps seniors and low income individuals get computers at a reduced rate. SDFF also teaches their recipients how to use the technology, which is often a hurdle in their target populations. Gary Knight is the Executive Director of the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to improve lives in San Diego through technology. SDFF provides equipment, software, training, services, and technical support to San Diego nonprofits, small businesses, and disadvantaged residents. SDFF is working to bridge the digital divide in San Diego, and helps low-income households, people with disabilities, and seniors. Prior to joining the San Diego Futures Foundation, Gary Knight was the president and chief executive officer of the San Diego North Economic Development Council. The council is a coalition of public and private entities whose main objective is to attract, retain and develop business in North County. It has almost doubled its membership since Knight took over in 2004. As president, Knight pushed for improved transportation options, greater educational opportunities, and reliable/affordable power supplies. Gary also provided strong support for the proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad and the new Palomar Hospital in Escondido. Gary sits on a number of Boards, Committees, and Advisory Groups all across San Diego. The organization not only helps those over 65 (and on Medicare) or those people of any age who are on Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid) or Cal-Fresh (California’s version of Food Stamps) but it also helps anyone volunteer. Seniors can get a computer for little to no cost and then learn how to use it. SDFF gets seniors involved in technology. This Technology program works by partnering with: * Connect to Compete * Designed for kids who are on the Free Lunch program * Low-Cost Internet * Low-Cost Computers * Groups of people who want to volunteer by setting up computer labs at schools * SDFutures.org which is part of SDFF and provides computers and IT support to non-profits * Girls who Code, a school program that encourages girls to go into technology fields Are the computers FREE? No, because of some issues in the past, the computers are not free. These high-end computers start at about $100. Some people do get donated computers depending on the availability, need, and other factors. These low cost and free computers help get seniors involved in technology. SDFF re-formats the donated computers according to Department of Defense Standards. They also send unusable computers to a salvage company that meets their security and disposal requirements. Additionally, their staff undergoes background checks. Donors can feel good about donating their computers without having to worry about their data getting into the wrong hands. Hospital re-admittance rates are about 30% compared to only about 10% when the senior has something to look forward to. Working on a project or volunteering gives them something to look forward to. Gary told us a retirement lifestyle story about a man who was in a wheelchair because of a leg amputation due to diabetes. He rolled up to Gary and exclaimed, “You saved my life!” That was interesting to Gary since he had never met him. He explained that he had received one of their computers at a very low point in his life (right after his amputation). The gentleman had loved to work on cars and attend car shows before he lost his leg but was now confined to a wheelchair. By using the computer to join chat rooms and view car events online, he felt invigorated again with a newfound purpose in life. By the time he met Gary, he had started a web site for car buffs where they shared stories that ma...
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