Rock Your Retirement Show

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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Jul 11, 2016

In order to survive retirement as a couple, you need to replace that structure, community and purpose, or your relationship may take a hit.

Neither the wife nor the husband is apt to say, “I don’t want to be with you for 24 hours a day”, so have a plan.

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Jul 4, 2016

Tweet says to volunteer somewhere:  People need you.  Libraries, Schools, Military, etc are all looking for volunteers.  Figure out what you will do, and start doing it.  Also, give your spouse time to volunteer or do what he or she wants as well.  It will help your marriage.

Be with people.  Get to know your neighbors.  If you don’t know anyone, make or buy some food and bring it over.  Become involved in a church. Everyone needs to have friends and to socialize.  It keeps us healthy.

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Jun 27, 2016

Jim Sweeney:  Mike Rafone Cartoon Character

Jim Sweeny sold his successful company, Sweeney Sales, in May 2005. So what is he doing now?  He has created his Trademarked MIKE cartoon sports character to become the first universal animated brand in sports.

Besides penning 800 blogs, Jim has published 38 MIKE Sports Comic Books. All of the ebooks contain clever sports comics and light hearted commentaries on unique observations about sports.

The 58 year-old Sweeney still participates in sports (slowly!) as a masters athlete and serves as Head of USA for FIMBA - the governing body for masters basketball tournaments around the world.

For more click HERE.

Jun 20, 2016

Stella Kanterakis says her motto is Go Do Enjoy!

How did Stella get the motto Go Do Enjoy?  Stella was originally from Michigan. She was married for 35 years and is now divorced. She has 2 great sons with 2 wonderful daughter-in laws, and 1 beautiful granddaughter. She taught 3rd grade for 10 years and then retired to raise her son's. (Which was her 2nd career). Then, she took a job at Bullocks (now Macy's) for a short term position which turned into a 3rd career of 19 years.

Stella was so ready for retirement she even made a big production on her last day of work including music, props, audience & video made for posterity, and that's why her motto is Go Do Enjoy!

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Jun 13, 2016

Vikki is an international best-selling author, humor blogger, and inspirational public speaker.

She wrote the book, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll with It - Living and Laughing with Parkinson's".  Of course since my father has Parkinson's Disease, I had to get her on the show!  She did not disappoint!  We talked about her book, her life, and our ailments, including my own dystonia.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll with It- Living and Laughing with Parkinson's:

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Jun 6, 2016

Carrie McClellan is helping seniors through ElderHelp of San Diego.

Elderhelp is a non profit organization that helps seniors live independently and with dignity.

Carrie started her career as a Social Services Director in a Skilled Nursing Facility.

She worked with many older adults and their families to develop a safe discharge plan when they were ready to return home again. This was an eye opener for her as she realized that  many older adults were going home with little to no support from family or friends. If someone was on a fixed income, it was even more difficult. This is when she learned about ElderHelp of San Diego and she’s been the Outreach Manager for nearly 5 years now. She works in the community to ensure those in need are aware of all of the programs and services that ElderHelp of San Diego has to offer.  She also recruis the volunteers who help provide many of these services.  They are always looking for volunteers!  Read more HERE:

Jun 2, 2016

Jonna considers the day a success when they can help a family feel secure that their loved one is comfortable and cared for in the security of their own home.   She helps seniors stay safely in their homes.  Their own homes.  Often retirees are torn between their own retirement needs and the needs of their parents.

We discuss Enduring Care which offers reduced rates for people on a fixed income.

Read more HERE

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Special on Veterans Benefits:

Tony Bevin joined us for our Memorial Day Episode to teach people what benefits veterans can get.  Many people are not aware of Veteran's Aid and Attendance Pension Plan.

He helps veterans understand how to obtain long-term care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Most veterans are not aware of the benefits available through these programs. Tony has specialized in benefits and planning for families, spouses, and heirs for over 15 years.

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May 26, 2016

Can Acupuncture help erectile dysfunction?  You'll need to listen to the episode to find out!

  • Even if you have a phobia of needles, Michael is able to work around that, in fact, most people find acupuncture to be a pleasant and relaxing experience.
  • Learn the science behind acupuncture and how it began
  • Acupuncture is used for a wide array of things including pain relief, depression, and drug addiction.
  • Acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbs, has helped people with hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, menopause, and even infertility

For more, click HERE

May 23, 2016

Would podcasting in retirement be a good way for you to Rock your Retirement?

Frances McGrogan was born in Ottawa, Ontario Canada and moved to England for 4 years in her early 20’s. She got married to a Brit and then returned to Canada.  After a number of service industry jobs, in 1985, she joined the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA and worked there from for 30 years. She learned to speak French when she was around 48 years old, and became bilingual.  Frances was a senior HQ manager until she retired in January 2016 at age 55. She loves computers and she tells us the story about how she became involved in that, but also has other activities that help her Rock her Retirement.

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May 19, 2016

Patti Phillips never thought she would become a Senior Real Estate Specialist.   When Patti was younger she always thought she would be a mom and a housewife.  That didn't work out the way she planned, and she decided to become a real estate agent in the year 2000.   She was one of the first agents in San Diego to obtain the Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation.  She prides herself in taking care of seniors in what can be an overwhelming and complicated process.

It's a different process to work mainly with seniors than Millennials because seniors typically want a face to face process.  Seniors don't necessarily go online and look at the house before they go to see it.  They want a more personalized approach.  That's where a Senior Real Estate Specialist can come in.

To read more go HERE.

May 16, 2016

Have you ever thought about acting in Retirement?  BobbieErdrich and I met at The HearingExperience’s symposium and I was very impressed with howoutgoing and friendly she was.  She was born in New York in1925 and started acting when she was four years old.  She was“discovered” on a subway. Ever since then she’s been acting,writing, directing and producing, and is acting in retirement inher one woman show.

She loves her Senior Apartment at WoodlandVillage and said that there is so much to do there that no onecould ever be bored if they wanted to get out and meetpeople.  She loves putting on shows and displaying her actingin retirement skills at the Woodland Village.

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May 12, 2016

You can give a gift to your family, the gift ofgrief. Wecannot escape death but we can embrace the process.SamanthaBettenhelps people give one of the greatest gifts they cangive totheirfamily, the gift of grief, or pre-planned funerals.

When someone has pre-planned their funeral, they give thegiftofgrief to their family members. If the funeral isnotpre-planned,then instead of being able to grieve, someone hastomake all of thearrangements and not everyone is able todothat.

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May 9, 2016

What do you do after a career at BMW?

Tom McGurn earned his first paycheck as a journalist writing sports for a daily newspaper while still in High School. He continued to work as a part time journalist during college and then pursued a career in public relations after graduation. In 1975, at age 28, and with about 5 years of experience, he got a huge break. He was hired as part of the start-up management team at BMW of North America. The sales and marketing arm for Bavarian Motor Works. He didn’t leave until he retired at the end of 2007. During his career, Tom was responsible for public relations, industry affairs, dealer relations, and a host of communication responsibilities including; speech writing, corporate meetings and training.   When he retired he had to ask himself the question, "What do you do after a career at BMW"?


Tom discovered early on in his retirement that one of the things he wanted to do was Volunteer as he did during his career. Tom is a seasoned corporate communications professional and writer. He uses his experience to offer clients fresh perspectives on their communications needs and customer focused writing.   That's how he was able to answer the question, "What do you do after a career at BMW"?

  • He is an active volunteer with SCORE, offering free business counseling for people who are thinking about starting a small business and those who want to increase the performance of an existing business.

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

How much fun it will be and how you will have control of your life to do what you want, when you want.

We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment.  If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

What is your passion? Follow your passion weather its volunteerism, tutoring, a hobby, recreation, or self-improvement. Do something with and for others

If you would like more information on either volunteering or using the services SCORE offers you can go to:

or for the National SCORE the website is

If you would like to visit the Cal State San Marcos website and learn more about the foundation board you can go to:

May 5, 2016

Sex is not just for young people!

Dr. Susan Writer has her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has been working in the field for over 15 years in the San Diego area.  She works full time for Aurora Behavioral Health Care, doing community outreach and clinical education; and part time for HELP seeing individuals, couples and families in her therapy practice.  Dr. Writer sees a wide range of individuals, but has specialized training in sexuality and gender and expertise working with Older Adults.


Susan is passionate about making sure that people have vibrant exciting sex lives throughout the entirety of their lives. In this episode we discuss the following:

  • Learn what a sex therapist does and how it differs from a sex surrogate.
  • The health and mental benefits of sex and intimacy and how it can improve the quality of your life as you age.
  • Learn how Susan works with hospice or end-of-life patients who have long-term partners and how she helps them to recreate a sexual, sensual or intimate connection before they pass so that they may rekindle a part of their relationship that may have been lost.
  • You aren’t the only person who may not know how to use a penis pump!

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

Life is going to change and that it may not be exactly as they had anticipated.  Many people look at retirement as an opportunity to just sit back and relax.  But the problem is that all too often, the excess of this can lead to isolation, depression and dissatisfaction with life – or even the deterioration of physical (and mental) health.  Retirement really needs to be framed as a new chapter of activity in someone’s life.  That activity doesn’t have to be “work”, it can be fun and exciting – the key is that it is active and it continues to provide stimulation for growth (mentally, emotionally, physically and sexually).  Retirement is about creating an opportunity to explore everything that we have to offer ourselves in life – as opposed for waiting for life to offer things to us.

We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment.  If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

Get out, be social, be active, and re-create yourself…and don’t put your sexual self on a shelf to get dusty, or if you have – dust it off and get cracking!

Contact information:  Email:

May 2, 2016

How did Debbie Brown Become a Full Time Social Director?

Debbie Brown started her career as a banker teaching computers to other bankers.  After 14 years, her husband, who was the principal of a private school asked her to come work at his school as a teacher. Debbie was a school teacher for students from 6th grade up through 12th grade in private and public schools. After 30 years of teaching Debbie retired in 2015.  That's when she became a full time Social Director for the church.  Now she spends time visiting the church members and spreading happiness and joy.   What a great way to spend retirement!


  • Now that Debbie is retired, she loves being able to spend time with her family and watch her grand kids.
  • As a retiree she can spend time planning meals and cooking
  • She really is a full time social director:  She has Oscar parties each year complete with a red carpet and swag bags!


  • Debbie enjoys being able to travel whenever she wants to and being in control of her own time, this is one of the best advantages of being retired!  You can do this too.
  • She loves to go on cruises with her husband and children.  Even if you do not have family, you can go on cruises too!  There are cruising companies that cater to singles.
  • She likes to take mini vacations during the week when everyone is working and it is less crowded.  What a great idea!   Retirees have more control over their schedule so can go places when there are less people there.


  • Debbie is a Pastor’s Wife and spends time on church activities and visiting with people, she's the unofficial social director of the church.   Think about it.  ANYONE could become an unofficial full time social director.  YOU could do this at your own place of worship!
  • She is planning on starting her own Bible study, which will help the members get together more often than once a week and will help them learn more about the beliefs of the church, who's membership has a wide diversity of backgrounds.


  • Staying active and healthy is important to Debbie. She does not want to be too sick or frail to play with her grandchildren and do the things she loves.
  • She works out 3 days a week and has started working with a personal trainer

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

  • You can live on less money and it all works out so you are still able to to what you want to do

We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment.  If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

  • Get involved. Get involved in your community, with your family, church just get involved. Don’t just sit around and stare at the computer or stare at the TV.  (I can personally learn a lot from this advice!)

Contact information:

Apr 28, 2016

Mira Simon can help you give the best gift to your grandchild EVER.

She is a professionally trained coach from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and an independent educational consultant who specializes in helping High School Students to go through the college planning, preparation and application process without overwhelm, so that they feel excited and confident that they have what they need to choose a college that is best for them.  How is her service the best gift to your grandchild? 

Read more HERE.

Apr 25, 2016

Rocking Retirement by Raising Alpacas!

In 2004 Julie and her husband Don, left corporate jobs in San Diego to live in a home in the country on 10 acres. She was still the president of the San Diego Professional Coaching Alliance which had 200 members and she drove 90 miles every month to lead the meetings. She still coached some of the time, yet yearned for more. Enter raising alpacas!

After researching the business opportunities with this loveable livestock, they converted 2.5 acres into what is now Alpacas of Anza Valley.  This is where they are raising Alpacas in their Retirement.

Read more HERE.

Apr 21, 2016

Christine Burke is a fitness trainer and coach at San Diego Premier Training in Carlsbad, CA which is in San Diego, California's North County.  

As an un-athletic child and overweight young adult, Christine understands first hand the obstacles in losing weight, learning to exercise and making the time for healthy habits.

Her customized fitness programs are designed to find the fun in your journey for good health. 

Read more HERE.

Apr 18, 2016

Sally was raised in the Pittsburgh area. She left for college in 1967 attending Brandeis University in the Boston area. She followed that with a Master’s Degree at Boston University. Sally lived in Boston until 1993 working for some very small manufacturing companies.

In 1986 she, along with her partner founded a manufacturers representative’s company and they specialized in selling power sources to manufacturers.

1993 she sold her portion of the business to her partner and moved to Southern California she and her significant other founded a company together. The company was a US distributor for a Chinese manufacturing company of small displays. They ran that company for 10 years and sold it in 2007.  This is where her retirement began.

After that, Sally joined SCORE which is a national organization that serves small businesses. 

Read more HERE.

Apr 14, 2016

Susi Vine began downsizing with Senior Move Masters in November 2010, and since then, she has led crews as Team Leader, and she provides consultations for new clients who are considering their move.   Her crews packing and unpack their client's homes and help them with downsizing.

Susi earned a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, and has studied Residential Design.  Her experience in design, space planning, and universal accessibility support the needs of Senior Move Masters’ clients looking to de-clutter, downsize, and relocate to a new home or age in place.

Read more HERE.


Apr 11, 2016

Do you want to retire at Age 40?  Wendy Holt did it!

Wendy Holt picked up everything and was able to retire at age 40. She downsized, moved to Costa Rica and is enjoying the retirement of her dreams.

So I guess that you could say that she is completely rocking it in the Adventure area of retirement!

Wendy is from Los Angeles, CA and she went from the hustle and bustle of big city life, working over 2000 hours a year in a high stress job to living in a 500 square foot home in the rural jungles of Costa Rica.

Wendy and her husband at the time, always wanted to retire early, but didn’t know that they could retire at age 40. They had traveled a lot over the years, but they really loved Costa Rica. They decided to visit Costa Rica to just do research on the housing market with no intention of buying a home. During that trip, they ended up finding their perfect home and bought it. They went back to Los Angeles, sold their house, sold their cars, quit their jobs and left to retire at age 40!

Click here to read more.

Apr 7, 2016

Brenda Geiger helps save headaches and money problems for her clients and their families!

She wanted to be a figure skater when she was little, but instead she grew up to be an Estate Planning Attorney. Brenda has been helping her clients for over 12 years.

In California, if you have done no planning, your family could wind up paying up to 8% of your gross estate! The GROSS estate is the value of your property, without subtracting what you owe on it.    This causes headaches and money problems for your family!

Brenda’s practice focuses on Trusts, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Business, and Elder Law, and she teaches us how to save headaches and money for our families by explaining READ MORE


Apr 4, 2016

Get out and Do Something!

Why is Teri's advice to get out and do something?  Before Teri Lippert retired always had a volunteer spirit.  She worked for the Girl Scouts program and had planned on working for a few more years before retirement.  However, after working 14 hour days and dealing with some difficult work situations, she decided to retire early while she was still young enough to travel and do other things that she wanted to do.

Luckily she had planned well financially and was able to do this.  But what was she going to do with her time?  When she was working she had NO HOBBIES.  Her work was her entire life.  After a year, she started feeling depressed and figured that she’d better figure it out, so used her work skills to find out how to Rock her Retirement.   She knew that she had to get out and do something.  So she did. 

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Mar 31, 2016

Toby Cohantz's technology can help your parents stay in their home

Toby Cohantz's  technology can help your parents stay in their home longer.  How does he do this?  He works with several organizations that work with seniors, and particularly, Fall Prevention.  These organizations include:

All of these companies can help your parents stay in their home longer than if they were trying to do everything on their own. The reason why many people need to leave their home is because it is no longer safe to live there.

Toby runs the first mobile gait lab int he country, run in conjunction with the New Mexico State University.  The lab collects data on how seniors walk.  They generate a report on the spot, that gives a risk assessment for falls.  That data is now being used to create products and services for seniors, and will be launching in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

These will include Smart Phone and Tablet apps that can help your parents stay in their home.

For example, the app will monitor your loved one's gait, and if it changes, an alert will be generated.

It will also work as a medical alert system, that will alert you (or someone else) if there is a fall. Because their current in home systems have alerts that go out in case the battery begins to die, Toby expects that the apps will have similar features.  Systems like this are called PERS, or Personal Emergency Response Systems.

Toby's company has backup systems that catch additional activity such as whens someone cannot push a button because they've had a stroke or have fallen out of bed.  they've also considered the fact that many people will remove their devices so can install buttons in areas of the house such as near the bed, in the shower, and in the kitchen.  These are the places where most falls happen.

Virtual Care Givers (remember the Jetson's TV show?) are coming out at the end of the year.  Stay tuned in to his website to hear more about that as the technology develops.

This is a much needed service, and if you'd like to contact Toby, you can reach him at or

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