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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Dec 25, 2017

What else should we discuss on Christmas Day, but religion?

Dr. Jim Brown discusses the benefits of going to church with me on this Christmas special, and they aren't all just spiritual. He is a university professor teaching Technology and Psychology (that's a weird mix...right?) and is currently the pastor at The Lake Church. Dr. Jim Brown has been a principal, superintendent, department chair at three different universities. He also served several churches and various roles from music pastor to senior pastor.


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Dec 18, 2017

Lisa Woodruff was a previous guest and I brought her back for a second interview to talk about how different generation groups organize

Lisa is a professional organizer, productivity specialist, and author. She believes organization is not a skill you are born with. It is a skill that is developed over time and changes with each season of life. I am an avid listener and big fan of her podcast show at

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Dec 11, 2017

In this episode,  I talk with Veronica Mitchell about the sensitive topic of taking the keys away.

Veronica is a friend of mine who I have known for awhile. We have served on the same committees at the Caregiver Coalition of San Diego and also the San Diego County Council on Aging. Veronica is an advocate for seniors, women, and caregivers. She is a guest blogger and writes her own blog featured on her website. She is passionate about prevention of Elder Abuse and Scams, along with helping families take the keys from their senior loved ones.

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Dec 4, 2017

In this episode, I talk with Laura Barish about preventing financial elder abuse.

Laura is President and CEO of AltaGolden. She has a passion for working with older adults and loves her job.  Laura is responsible for marketing, community outreach, corporate management, and she also sometimes works as a caregiver so that she understands what it takes to be a great caregiver. Laura is on the clinical affairs committee for the San Diego Dementia Consortium.

In our discussion, Laura and I talk about some of the scams that are out there.

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Nov 27, 2017

Rick Topete's passion with seniors began way back when he was in high school.

He studied at St. Bernard High School where they visit local Senior Centers in Los Angeles. During his visit to Senior Centers, they would play cards, listen to old-time music, hear their great stories, put a smile on their face and let them know they mattered. In 2011, he had an opportunity at Silverado Care. Within the first year of taking the job, his Aunt was diagnosed with early onset of Dementia that made it "real" and really centered him on what this disease is.

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Nov 20, 2017

The only thing worse than having Dementia is taking care of a loved one with Dementia. Many people do not realize that a large number of medications can cause dementia.

Dr. Camille Newton is a home visiting physician. You may also know it has a traveling doctor or mobile doctor. It is such an important service for seniors that are not able to travel for doctor’s appointments. She focuses on minimizing medications, especially psychotropic pharmaceuticals to help senior’s brains stay healthier longer.

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Nov 13, 2017

It’s hard to live a full life when you are too tired and feeling sluggish. So today, I have brought Diane Kusunose on the show. She talks about how methods she uses to help people increase their energy.

Diane Kusunose, P.T., is a certified Nutritionist and Biofeedback Practitioner. She offers unique evaluation technology and provides personalized solutions for improving health, well-being, and energy for all her patients. Diane is highly trained in Zyto Biofeedback Technology and Nutrition Response Testing. She specializes in organic nutrients, homeopathy, and herbal support for digestion, sleep challenges, and pain remediation.

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Nov 6, 2017

Yes, you can exercise too much!

Colette, a native of Ireland, moved to the US in her early 20’s and worked in finance for over a decade. She then discovered her passion for health and fitness and pursued a full-time career in this field. Moving to Nice, France in 2008 she opened a fitness and yoga studio. Colette was an avid competitor taking part in many sporting events including triathlons, marathons, and bike races. However, even with all her efforts, her health was not in a good place. Collete discovered she was training and exercising too much. She wasn't listening to the subtle signals her body was giving her.

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Oct 30, 2017

Does Mom need help but you are tapped out?

I brought Ann Butterfield to the show to explain how an Aging Life Care Manager can help you.

If you've heard the term "Geriatric Care Managers", it's the same position.

Ann explained that a Care Manager quarterback's your loved one's care.  She deals with all of the people who care for your loved one.  This quarterbacking can include:

  • A Life Care Manager manages the Caregivers.
  • Doctors--going to doctor appointments, and facilitating communication between the family members, the doctor, and the client.
  • Attorneys: Elder Law attorneys, Estate Planning attorneys, and others need to interact with the client and family, and the care manager helps facilitate this.
  • The Care Manager interacts with Trustees to meet the client's needs.
  • Other Experts: care managers bring them in when necessary.
  • Financial: including the accountant and Power of Attorney.  The Life Care Professional provides information on government benefits and assists the client in obtaining them where warranted.
  • Housing options: Evaluation and selection of appropriate housing such as assisted living options or memory care.
  • Family members:  Long Distance family members and others need help adjusting and coping with every day concerns and conflicts that arise.

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Oct 23, 2017

In this episode, I talk with Angela about ways to improve memory skills. 

Angela G. Gentile, M.S.W., R.S.W.  has over 25 years of experience working with older adults and their families in a variety of capacities. She has worked in health care, private practice, long-term care, home care, and non-profits. She is currently employed full-time as a Geriatric Mental Health Clinician and enjoys writing, traveling, photography and exploring what it means to age well.

Angela began working with older people at a very young age. She found she really enjoyed it and made a life long career. She is the "go-to" person if friends and family have questions regarding aging and it has also helped her with her own parents as they age.

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Oct 16, 2017

Have you ever experienced vertigo? What are the causes of dizziness?

Dr. Kimberley Bell, DPT has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 15 years, and she specializes in helping people with dizziness.  She assesses and treats vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance in people of all ages.  She also helps with other issues thought to be related to aging as well.

I brought her on the show to talk about the causes of dizziness, and also some potential treatments that can help.

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Oct 9, 2017

One in three people over the age of 65 in San Diego have dementia. Today we are talking about dementia symptoms.

Ana González Seda is the Program Director for the San Diego/Imperial Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Her position is instrumental in providing face to face and online education and programming for caregivers, people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Ana has been working in the non- profit sector for leading health organizations in San Diego for over 15 years.

I asked Ana to come on the show to tell us about dementia symptoms. If you have a parent or loved one that gets diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I  want you to know what to expect.

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Oct 2, 2017

I interviewed Hank Coleman on how we can avoid an unhappy retirement

Hank Coleman founded several popular personal finance websites such as Money Q&A, Own The Dollar, Military Money Might, The Dividend Pig, and many others.  He is a freelance writer. Hank focuses on personal finance topics such as savings, investing, retirement, and many other money topics. I asked Hank to come on the show to talk about his parents and how much they hated the reality of retirement.

It's never too early to plan for retirement

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Sep 25, 2017

Ted came onto my show as a guest to talk about stages of life, namely the 6 stages of retirement. Mr. Carr is a podcaster himself, with the show, Retirement Journeys, which discusses similar topics as this show, but he also includes financial topics on his show.

In case you're wondering, the stages of life (retirement life) include:

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Sep 22, 2017

Many people are looking for a purpose in life, particularly when they retire and the years start to mount up.  Bob has amassed a wealth of knowledge about a particular aspect of gardening, and considers it his purpose to freely give away that knowledge so it is not lost. 

When Henry thought about it, that is a philosophy that could apply to any aspect of life. 

Bob retired early owning an eight acre block of land, but his inclination was to gradually develop a garden.  So that is what he did.  Over the following decade turned the existing orchard into an award winning garden recognised worldwide. His garden named Katandra, won the ‘Garden Of The Year Award’ and was featured in prestigious books and magazines worldwide.

Later he decided to downsize and purchased a home on a one acre lot in the south east suburbs of Melbourne.  And there he has done it again. He has developed a second brilliant garden of native Australian plants, commencing when he was over seventy years.  He may be the only person who has had two separate gardens be part of the ‘Open Garden Scheme’.

In this broad ranging discussion we talk about his philosophy of how to plan and develop a garden that suits the plants as well as the gardener.  It is a different way of looking at the whole concept, and one that makes perfect sense.  The proof is his present garden which looks mature, and is lush and thriving although it has been planted over the last four or five years.

Bob’s particular interest is the Australian native plant called a ‘Correa’ which has dozens of variations and in which he finds endless interest.

If all this sounds a bit ‘out of your league’ we spend a lot of the interview discussing how a new gardener can develop a garden, how to select the most appropriate plants to suit the location and conditions, and a most important piece of advice … don’t rush.

Most of us don’t have the background or knowledge to know how to start the process, and here Bob recommends we join the Australian Plant Society which has branches throughout the suburbs.  He also recommends that people offer to volunteer at one of the public gardens and you will find a community who are knowledgable and generous with their support.  The Society can be found at www.XXXXX

Bob treated me to a walk around his incredible property, pointing out individual plants and talking about the birds, lizards and frogs that add to the gardening experience.  And finally, he heartily recommends gardening as a way of keeping fit and well, gainfully occupied, and a way of becoming involved with an excellent community of like minded people.


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Sep 18, 2017

Ellen Williamson retired in 2007 after 36 years of Federal service with the Department of Defense.  She was also a professor for 15 years as a "jobby".  I love this combination of hobby and job, or a hobby with pay!

Anyway, she continues to consult with firms interested in Federal Government Acquisition on an ad hoc basis.

Although she has varied interests, including travel, hiking, charity and cultural events, we spent most of our time talking about a senior services club she belongs to called

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Sep 15, 2017

What has the following?

  • Music
  • Memory Training
  • Companionship
  • Excercise

And is completely addictive? 

Betty Anderson can tell you.  That's because she's addicted to line dancing.  She didn't even know how to line dance until after she retired!  And now she dances 7-8 times a week!

She doesn't let her age stop her and you don't have to either.  This is a great activity for people who want to rock their retirement!


It can be a wonderful retirement lifestyle addition. 

Henry was shocked when Betty told him about the similarity line dancing is to ball room dancing.  

You don't have to get a cowboy hat or big belt buckles to boot scoot anymore... you can come as you are.

And the best part is that you don't need a partner!  You can go by yourself and have just as much (if not more) fun!


It's easy to learn, and there are tons of free lessons on YouTube.  Don't worry, everyone starts as a beginner.  Or, go to where Betty learned:


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Sep 11, 2017

Life is a journey. Lot's of retirees think about retiring as a couple. But what about retirement as a surviving spouse?

In this interview, I talk with Ann Nelson. After suddenly finding herself a widow in 2009, Ann needed to learn – and fast – about finances, survival, and ultimate retirement. Ann is the author of Retire Well, Retire Happy. On her journey, she has found that in the end, it is not all about the money. Living a happy and worthwhile life is extremely important. Her book is about how she navigated through the retirement maze and found her way after being left a widow.

In 2009, Ann was semi-retired but still working part-time flipping houses with her husband when he passed away.

Ann knew she had to figure out her retirement as a surviving spouse

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Sep 8, 2017

Often Henry starts an interview with a purpose, then the discussion leads to things far more important in the grand scheme of life. 

Ian is an ex builder and carrier who became a model train enthusiast when he retired.  He has built a number of train layouts, but interestingly for him it isn’t operating the trains that attracts him, it is another aspect altogether.

The layouts he has built are for different gauges, or sizes of model train.  Henry quickly learns that a layout can vary from the size of a pillow to taking up your whole back garden.  They talk about how people start the hobby, how much it costs, and where to find all sorts of information.

The internet is hugely important in getting materials, models, scenery and the historical background of railroads and individual trains.

Ian also purchases the scenery and plans for his models from the Australian Post Office.  He also uses an internet company called Scale Scene, which has a plethora of product!

Ian and his wife Anne retired and downsized to a 55 and older community.  downsized when they retired and elected to live in an over fifty-five’s community.  This was huge in their lives, and they are very happy.


The advice that Ian gives is similar to advice that we've seen on the Rock Your Retirement show:

  • Have a hobby
  • Stay Fit
  • Be part of the Community

A 55 and older community can help you with that. 

If you are a model train enthusiast, or have any questions for Ian please leave a comment in the Reply Box at the bottom of the page and Henry will get them to him. Henry can also be reached at







Sep 4, 2017

Alan was nicknamed "Motorbutt".

How did Alan Mindell get his nickname?  After dancing for years, Alan started running.  He wound up with some injuries, but got into shape.  At age 76, Motorbutt runs three times a week.  How often do you run?  (I don't run. Ever.)

He wanted to come on the show to talk about the Senior Games.

These are San Diego's version of the Senior Olympics.

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Sep 1, 2017


It warmed Henry's heart to walk into this room to find a bunch of women enjoying each other's company while sewing and laughing.  Or...Maybe he was having a flashback to some  tribal memory of times past. 

Dorothy is one of the investigators of the Berwick branch of the Australian Sewing Guild.  The Guild, which has branches throughout Australia, was created to promote the art and craft of sewing.  But Henry thinks that it is achieving much more.

Henry and Dorothy discuss the importance of sewing and how the Guild got started. They talked about how it operates, and what they sew.  They have group and individual projects.  

Like most social groups, it also acts as a support group. 

They talk about the entry point for people who may want to start sewing, and really the dollars needed to buy a basic sewing machine are low enough that almost anyone can get involved.  And, she tells us where you can ‘try before you buy’ to check if this really is for you before committing.

Most Australian cities have sewing classes, and you can also find them on the internet at 


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Aug 28, 2017

In this episode, I interview Michelle Brelaz who is putting relationships back together.

Michelle puts relationships back together and her goal is to reduce the divorce rate one couple at a time. She is a certified coach, trained through the official school of Anthony Robbins. Michelle also has a Diploma of Counseling and a Degree in Psychology. She has a deep desire to understand the differences between men and women so that she can provide training that facilitates respect between the genders. In time, she would like to take her training to schools – to help prevent relationship problems before they start.

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Aug 25, 2017


Today Henry learns how to make life Fantastic!

Today's guest is one of those rare people.  Winston Marsh, AKA Winno, has a purpose in life. And that purpose is to help everyone he meets.  Winno is professional speaker and loves helping people.  

Originally studied to be an aeronautical engineer, he found out that he needed to do something different.  Marketing was where he wound up, and he also had a knack for motivational speaking.  

Winno talks about WIIFM.  If you've been in sales, you probably know what that means. If not, listen to the episode to find out!

Although he's past "retirement age", you'd better not use those words with him!  He prefers the vibe of "lifestyle change", and that includes downsizing, and taking on less so that he can have more white space in his life.  

Henry and Winno talk about everything from the Americas Cup challenge, to giving up a hundred cigarettes a day and running a marathon. 

They talk about interesting people Winno met, and how he was able to improve their lives. 

And most importantly they talk about the opportunities that open up when you quit full time work and how you can move toward them.

In particular Winno encourages all of us to point young people toward the ‘Rotary Youth Leadership Award’.  

If you would like to  contact Winston or check out the wealth of material he has available, you can find all the details at 

And please remember to press share and like at the foot of the page to spread the word about how everyone can achieve an excellent retirement (lifestyle change).


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Aug 21, 2017

In this episode, I talk with Lisa Woodruff on organizing your home

Lisa Woodruff believes organization is not a skill you are born with. It is a skill that is developed over time and changes with each season of life. She has helped thousands of women reclaim their homes and finally get organized with her practical tips, encouragement, and humor through her blog and podcast at

Got clutter? I Do.

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Aug 18, 2017

Mark's friend bought a tandem bike when they were teenagers, and two lives changed. Now Mark has been to over seventy countries.  

He's raised money for charity, made tons of friends, and has had the adventure of a lifetime!  (And he's still only in his fifties)  

If that's not Rocking his Retirement, I'm not sure what is. 

Henry and Mark talk about what its like to bicycle as you get older, the types of bikes, and what to do in order to get into shape after years of inactivity. 

Australia has many dedicated bicycle lanes (tracks) through gorgeous country.  You don't have to ride your bike in the city.  You can get out of the city and into the country with your bicycle.  Staying in shape helps with the physical, but commuting with nature helps with the soul.


Mark has a very definite attitude to living life with a ‘purpose’.  He and Henry come back to that many times in them show.  

The bicycle store, which does online business as well, is: 


Contact Mark at the store if you have any questions about cycling or the cycling world.

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