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Are you retired or about to retire? Retirement isn't just about money. In our show we talk about the other things that will impact you such as: Social and Family Adventure and Travel Volunteer and Philanthropy Spiritual/soul Sex in retirement (I usually have therapists discuss this topic) Helping your parents/sandwich generation issues Baby Boomers are often helping both their children and their parents at the same time. Our goal is to help you have a great retirement, regardless of the amount of money you've saved. We want you to Rock Your Retirement!
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Dec 26, 2016

Is the holiday season getting you down? Let us help you through it with our dumb and corny jokes episode!

Les and Kathe tell corny jokes that a 10 year old boy might laugh at (or maybe not).

To listen or read more, go HERE.

Dec 19, 2016

So many people are taking care of aging parents and still have children of their own living at home. This is the "Sandwich Generation"

Iris was involved of taking care of both of her aging parents. She tells a story about noticing her her father was wearing two watches while at a doctor's visit. This small detail lead to an emergency surgery for a hemorrhage in his brain.

Read more HERE.

Dec 12, 2016

In Episode 52 our guest was Alan Mindell, who taught us that life begins at seventy.  Alan Mindell’s novel, The Closer, became a bestseller, including being listed on Amazon as the number one paperback in new sports fiction. His new novel, The B Team, about horse racing, also became Amazon`s number one bestselling paperback in new sports fiction.

For Alan, his speaking topic of "Life Begins at Seventy" certainly fits.

Besides writing novels, he also dances regularly in the San Diego area, and works as a tour guide for Friendly Excursions, the tour company he founded more than forty-five years ago.

One of the things that he has been doing and getting great pleasure from lately is conducting beginning creative writing workshops.  Today he gave us some tips on writing a novel or memoir.

Read more HERE:

Dec 5, 2016

Bill Manassero is the President and Founder of Child Hope International. It's a charitable organization that works with orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children on the streets of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The Manassero family's unique ministry, helped street children get off the streets, and build a promising life for themselves in the Haitian society. Bill and his family served as missionaries in Haiti from 2003 to 2015. Transitioning back to the states for retirement, he began investing in real estate as a means to fund their retirement and help fund their Haitian Mission. He now shares his real estate knowledge with other seniors through his Old Dawg’s REI Network – a website, blog and weekly podcast.

Bill tells us some amazing and touching stories of his time spent Volunteering Overseas. 

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Nov 28, 2016

Janelle  Anderson helps people discover their pathways to a fulfilling life in retirement.

Ms. Anderson works with women find a fulfilling life in retirement.  She is a Certified Professional Coach through her business, Emerging Life Coaching. Janelle typically works with women who are transitioning into a new season in life, whether that is from the “busy mother raising children season” to an “empty nest” season or from “busy career life” to the season of retired life. And...she helps them discover a new game to play and who they truly want to be in this “third act of life.” Her work with clients includes one-on- one private coaching sessions, as well coaching groups, workshops and personal development classes.

She developed a retirement transition course called “Pathways to a Fulfilling Life in Retirement.” This course was featured in Virginia Tech’s Lifelong Learning Institute this past Spring.

Read more HERE.

Nov 21, 2016

Chris placed her mom in an assisted living facility, and over the course of her stay, saw things she didn’t like.  The actions by the owners made her feel that her mom’s health and safety were jeopardized.

Chris filed a lawsuit after her mom’s death, and two years later the law suit settled she started looking for ways to leverage what she had learned to benefit other families who had to make assisted living placement decisions.

Their hope is that their work levels the playing field for consumers of assisted living services. They want them to be empowered and knowledgeable advocates for their resident in assisted living.  Read more HERE.

Nov 14, 2016

Jerry says, "Contrary to what a lot of financial advisors say about how much money you need to retire, I tell people to look at retirement from the opposite direction. When you're near retirement age, what money you have is what you have and there's not much that they can do to change the amount. So look at what you have and decide what kind of retirement you can have. The good news is that when it comes to retiring and living full time in a RV, the price of RV you have doesn't have much to do with how happy you are in retirement." 

Click HERE to read more.

Nov 7, 2016

Are you a Retiring Executive?  Are you within 5 years of that goal?

There are special issues associated with a retiring executive.   Joyce Richman has worked with individuals as an executive coach for more than 30 years. In addition to her private practice, Joyce has worked with hundreds of clients across the United States and internationally.

Joyce gave us some great advice that she specific uses with executives preparing for retirement, but anybody can use it really.

Read more HERE.

Oct 31, 2016

Dr. Stoner’s  passion is about end of life care and she has been working with seniors and in the senior care industry since 1998. Her grandparents owned a funeral home so she is also familiar with death. She is a Professor now and has discovered something called the SilverHour which is the 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after death. She developed a unified vision of what the last moments of life and the first moments of death are so that every care giver knows what to do.

Read more HERE

Oct 24, 2016

The basis of the Rock Your Retirement show is that retirement isn’t just about money. That’s what the Rock Your Retirement show is about. Alan Spector agrees. He and his partner created the critical decisions matrix and crucial conversations that help everyone understand what the expectations are in retirement.

The book, Your Retirement Quest, which he co-authored with Keith Lawrence, can be found on Amazon, and discusses non financial retirement aspects.

Read more HERE.

Oct 17, 2016

On the 10/17/16 episode of the Rock Your Retirement show, Kathe interviewed celebrity Dave Jackson about his experience with Alzheimer's disease.

Dave Jackson runs the School of Podcasting.  Frances McGrogan, a previous guest, and I talked about how he helped us learn how to podcast in episode 21.

This chat wasn't about podcasting though. It was about his experience with Alzheimer's Disease, which is a form of Dementia.  Dementia is a heartbreaking disease, and Dave tells his story about how he was able to deal with it

Read more HERE.

Oct 10, 2016

My interview with Curtis Bailey was jam packed with information but here are a few things we discussed:

Preventing SCAMMERS from Scamming your loved ones

  • Seniors need to have a team of professionals around them.
  • Don’t let someone cut you out of your social circles.
  • Talk to your family members.
  • Scammers use emotions to scam people who are lonely, afraid, etc. Let your rational side assess what is happening.

Read more HERE.

Oct 3, 2016

Steven Loring, award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter, filmed “The Age Of Love”, a documentary which follows 30 people in their 70’s and 80’s participating in a senior speed dating event.  The film shows with both humor and pathos that new love can be found at any age.  Listening to Steven tell his story will definitely make you want to see his film!

After discovering that a speed dating event was to take place, Steven had the challenge of getting all participants to agree to his filming.  The responses surprised Steven and will surprise you as well.

Many seniors who have lost the love of their lives have resigned themselves to thinking that finding new love in their twilight years is not possible.  To underscore this, there is a general feeling that after a certain age desire for both physical and emotional love fades away and is therefore a subject that is avoided by family or even close friends.  Read more HERE.

Sep 26, 2016

2-1-1 San Diego's mission is to help people by connecting them to services and provide vital data and trend information for proactive community planning.

Alana Kalinowski manages the Community Outreach Program at 2-1-1 San Diego. 2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable on line database.

Read more HERE.

Sep 19, 2016

Bill bought a Miata for $107.   That's right.  He purchased a Miata for $107.  You'll have to listen to the episode to find out how, but let's just say that he is an expert at playing with cars.  He is in a group of sport car enthusiasts who doing things like race in parking lots and drive up windy roads in the mountains to get some pie at the Julian Pie Company. He and his friends are constantly playing with cars.

To read more, click HERE.

Sep 12, 2016

Steve Petterson retired and then started working part time as a caregiver. He tells us how he's gained compassion over that time.

Steve has been a caregiver for the last three years.  He provides seniors non-medical services so the senior clients can stay at home. He also works part time in Sales/Marketing for seniors and been doing this for 3 months now.  He talks about the daily challenges of working with people who have dementia and how it takes patience and loving kindness.

Steve told us a couple of stories.  To hear the stories, be sure to listen to the show. To read more, go HERE.

Sep 5, 2016

Geri Afshari is a musician and plays the Paraguayan harp professionally, travels extensively and lived in Iran, is a writer/editor/photographer, a lay counselor, a life-long activist, an avid SUP paddler, and hunts sea glass for her sea glass mosaic artwork.  She is also retired from working because she has to for money.  What a great place to be!

To read about how a harp can heal you, go HERE:

Aug 29, 2016

Palliative care is designed for comfort and pain management. It is for the seriously ill, but for those who are trying to get better.  Palliative care helps minimize pain and discomfort.  90% of hospitals that have over 300 beds have a palliative care program.

What does a Chaplain do?

Chaplains are educators.  Chaplains provide spiritual care, and educate people about end of life.  Bill is familiar with 55 religious preferences and helps facilitate the dying’s wishes.  Bill said that according to the “happiness index”, Bhutan is the happiest country because of how they deal with death. Chaplains deal with human issues, not necessary religion.

Read more HERE:

Aug 22, 2016

TJ understands this disability personally, because she was born with a hearing loss.

She's been working over 20 years with the hearing impaired as a nurse, and she also has a personal story.  She told the story of how she was run over by a skier who didn't understand that she couldn’t hear him yelling at her to get out of the way.

Her friend said, “He couldn't see that you can’t hear” and that’s what gave her the idea for a world wide symbol for the hearing impaired.

Read more HERE.

Aug 15, 2016

Why Muscle Re-Calibration?

Neil has been correcting injuries fort the past 16 years. He has amassed over 25,000 hours of personalized exercise and injury work. Furthermore, during the past 5 years he has been incorporating Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching into his work and the results have been profound!  This technique helps with Muscle Re-calibration.

Some of his clients were told that they’d never run again and they began running in as little as 8 weeks.  Read more HERE.

Aug 8, 2016

Fritzi's interview on how to age at home was jam packed full of information, so I was furiously writing it down.  Some great information she gave us:

  • There are Toilet Paper Holders that can be used as balance bars. They can support 250 pounds of weight and look great.
  • Call them BALANCE bars, not grab bars. Our aging population doesn’t like these old sounding words.
  • Easy things to do related to lighting:

To read more go HERE.

Aug 1, 2016

How did she become the happiness ambassador?  Maura Sweeney was called “water works” by her grandmother because she was always crying.  She made a decision when she was young to become a happier person, and she did!  She watched older people and found out that those who were following their own minds were happy, and those who were following what someone else wanted them to do weren’t.

Maura Sweeney is a Happiness Expert and Next Generation Thought Leader:

Read more HERE.

Jul 30, 2016

Rock Your Retirement's host spoke with Beth because of her book, Deserving Desire: Women's Stories of Sexual Evolution.

Kathe loved this paperback book cover!  Although it’s considered a text book she can help the non-academic as well, and I plan to purchase a copy of this book for my kindle.

We live in a youth oriented culture.  How does this affect women and our desire as we age?

For more, click HERE.

Jul 25, 2016

Today we interviewed Noel Baker, a retiree who has some advice for us.  It gets better!

It gets better!

Noel grew up in Minnesota and attended college at the University of Minnesota. After college, she worked for about a year before getting married. In 1970 she moved to Colorado with her husband where she spent the next 8 years raising her 2 children and was very involved in politics.

Once she and her husband divorced, she had to gain employment. She worked a few different jobs including work at a bill collecting agency and as a counselor at a detox center for alcoholics. She worked as a Senior Administrative Assistant for KPMG which is an accounting firm for 26 years. The firm decided to downsize in the fall of 2009 and Noel was forced to retire at 64 years old she wasn’t ready for it and like many retirees, became depressed.

Read more HERE.

Jul 18, 2016

Debbie didn’t know anyone in the area other than her daughter. Already feeling like her life had gone full circle but she needed friends, she joined the activities in her 55+ living community, met some fun women her age, and shared happy hours and fun times with them. But other things were missing such as a book club, bunko, and volunteering. Which she had all participated in the Bay Area for the last 35 years.  Enter the world of Meetups!!  She joined a variety of meetup groups including Hiking, Book club, and Random acts of kindness.  

Read more HERE:

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