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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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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