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Season Two

Do Your Retirement Strategies Account for 6 Stages & Community? – Ted Carr

In this edition of our retirement podcast our guest is Ted Carr, a thoughtful and interesting blogger and podcaster on early retirement who we enjoy following. People often think of retirement as a single phase of life, but Ted describes how there are 6 distinct phases of retirement. He shares his personal experiences with the different phases after he retired early from a career in Silicon Valley. You’ll come away with an appreciation of why your retirement strategies should take the different phases into account if you want to retire smarter. One of the big questions people face in retirement […]

Is Working Into Retirement Good for Your Brain? – Dawn Carr

We all want to stay sharp. Cognitive functioning is a key part of healthy aging. But is working longer helpful or harmful to your brain health? Well, it depends. In this episode of our retirement podcast, Dawn Carr of Florida State University discusses her insights from new research on the impact of working into retirement with different types of jobs. She also talks about what may happen when people unretire and return to work. Dawn also shares her advice on how to stay sharp based on research. Bio Dawn C. Carr is an associate professor at Florida State University in […]

What Can We Learn from Blue Zones? – Richard Eisenberg

Richard Eisenberg, the Managing Editor of PBS’ Nextavenue.org joins our retirement podcast . to share his insights. Next Avenue is the PBS site for people 50+, where he is also the editor of the Money and Work & Purpose channels. Previously, he was Executive Editor of Money magazine, Front Page Finance Editor of Yahoo! and Special Projects Director/Money Editor at Good Housekeeping. He is the author of two books: How to Avoid a Midlife Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance. We talk with Richard about Next Avenue, older workers and employers, the key trends Baby Boomers should […]

Your Retirement Won’t Come with a Road Map – Carol Hymowitz

As an author and journalist, Carol Hymowitz has a unique perspective on the world of work, longevity and how some savvy employers are wising up and leveraging older workers. Recently a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Center on Longevity, Carol was formerly an Editor at Large at Bloomberg, and a Senior Editor and columnist at the Wall Street Journal, where she spent most of her journalism career. Reflections on Transitioning to Retirement and Working Longer When you begin to contemplate how to retire, there’s no shortage of advice from well-meaning colleagues and friends. But every retirement is different. It can quickly […]

Will Your Second Act Career Be In The Gig Economy? – Diane Mulcahy

Whether it’s to gain greater flexibility, to find a way to generate extra income in retirement or to create a second act career as a consultant, the gig economy offers both opportunities and challenges. In fact, today it’s relevant for virtually every age group and career stage. The demand for freelancer talent continues to grow and it may offer new options to leverage your skills and experience. But the challenges and transition issues are real and it’s wise to be prepared. Becoming savvy about how to navigate it well will enhance your chances of success. We talk with Diane Mulcahy, […]

How Life Hacks Can Help Make Your Retirement the Best Time of Your Life – Sam Horn

Do you know anyone who’s enjoying semi-retirement? It’s an option worth considering. In this episode we talk with Author, Keynote Speaker and Communications Strategist Sam Horn, about her new book Someday Is Not a Day in the Week: 10 Hacks to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life. What About Half-Retiring? Sam shares her wisdom (and her great stories) on a range of topics including what gets in the way of people realizing their dreams in retirement (and how to overcome them), life hacks you can use to move forward and the benefits of Half-Retiring. Listening […]

What’s Next for You? – Jeff Tidwell

Thinking about a mid-life career shift? In this episode, we catch up with Jeff Tidwell, who is the CEO and Co-Founder of Next For Me, a resource that “connects and inspires our generation to evolve our post-50 lives through new work, a new purpose, or a new social contribution.” Jeff shares his insights on the challenges and opportunities faced by the 50+ generation, the resources needed to overcome obstacles and shift careers or create an entrepreneurial path. Jeff also discusses his own experiences as an entrepreneur and his key lessons so far. Wise Quotes: “Well, number one is the mindset. Are you open to new ways […]

Are You Ready to Follow Your Own Path in Retirement? – Bob Lowry

In this episode, we catch up with retiree, author, and blogger Bob Lowry, who has been blogging about having a productive and fulfilling retirement at Satisfying Retirement.com for the past 9 years. How to Retire to a Satisfying Retirement Bob shares his insights and practical wisdom on the essential ingredients in a satisfying retirement, the key obstacles that need to be overcome and the lessons he’s learning in his own retirement.  We also discuss the benefits of a short sabbatical and what a Radical Retirement looks like for some people. Wise Quotes: On the Transition to Retirement and Adaptability “There’s […]

If You Love Your Work, What Challenges Will You Face in Retirement? – Michelle Pannor Silver

How do you prepare for retirement when you love what you do? It’s especially hard when your work has become who you are. In this episode we talk with Michelle Pannor Silver, of The University of Toronto, author of Retirement and Its Discontents: Why We Won’t Stop Working, Even if We Can.   Prepare for Your Retirement Transition with Research-based Ideas Michelle shares what led her to research retirement and write her book; how identity can make retirement challenging for some people; and what factors influence the timing of when people in different professions are ready to retire. We also […]

Listen to Your Inner Voice. It Could be Your Wake-Up Call – Richard Losciale

Welcome to the third episode of our Noteworthy Series, where we highlight an article that we think warrants your attention and host a conversation with a relevant guest. Today’s article is The Power of Wakeup Calls by Gregg Levoy (Psychology Today – July 2017). Our guest is Richard Losciale, who experienced his own personal wake-up call that changed the way he lived his life – from being focused on the aspirational to being focused on the inspirational.  As Rich listened to his inner little voice, he worked hard to recover from being near death and transformed his life by shifting his mindset to […]

What Will You Do When You’re Formerly Corporate? – Lorette Pruden

Forced retirement is a challenging experience but it can open up new possibilities you may not have otherwise considered. Join us as we discuss making the transition from corporate life to entrepreneurship with Lorette Pruden, Ph.D., a chemical engineer turned Business Coach and Advisor. Lorette shares insights and advice from her own transition and her work with her clients, how to avoid common mistakes, how to leverage a virtual organization and why it takes a different mindset to win as a business owner. Wise Quote: “(There’s) another formerly corporate outlook that gets people in trouble, which is, “I know what […]

You Can Learn a Lot from the Principles of FIRE – Chris Mamula

There’s a lot of chatter about the FIRE movement. Chris Mamula, who retired at 41, joins us to discuss his journey to early retirement, the upsides and the challenges of FIRE, why the transition can be challenging and his advice on what it takes to retire early. Follow Chris at  Can I Retire Yet? Chris’ article in MarketWatch: This first year of early retirement has been one of the hardest of my life   Want to Ace Your Retirement? Learning how to retire well goes well beyond your 401(k). Get wise about the non-financial side of retirement. Schedule a Free […]

We’re All Ageing. Are You Up for a Bolder Approach? – Carl Honore’

Positive aging takes a different mindset – and a bolder one. Carl Honore’ is an award-winning journalist and author whose revolutionary first book, In Praise of Slowness, was an international bestseller and has been published in more than thirty languages. This excellent book can help you reframe how you think about getting older, learn how to retire well and enjoy life to its fullest. Carl joins our retirement podcast from London to discuss the benefits positive aging,  living more slowly against the cultural pressures for speed and youth – and his new book (B)OLDER: Making the Most of Our Longer […]

The Exciting Potential of Intergenerational Mentoring – Charlotte Japp

Considering a career shift? Intergenerational mentoring can be a valuable resource. Tapping into the knowledge, experience, skills and networks of other generations can be mutually beneficial and expand your thinking. Career Shift? Learn from Other Generations Join us as we talk with Charlotte Japp, who was interviewed for the article on the innovative organization she’s founded (CIRKEL) on intergenerational mentoring. We learn more from Charlotte on what led her to create CIRKEL, how their events work and her vision for its future.   Wise Quote: “I was listening to a podcast where they were talking about ways to get to […]

What Will Your Retirement ‘Do-Over’ Be Like? – Paul Fox

Welcome to the first episode of our new Noteworthy Series, where we highlight an article that we think warrants your attention. This series is in response to listener feedback on our retirement podcast. It’s a shorter piece on an article – and a conversation with a relevant guest. Today’s article is When Retirement Is a Bad Fit by Richard Eisenberg, Money & Work Editor at Next Avenue – October 17, 2018 They say that life doesn’t give you many second chances. (Come to think of it, they say a lot of things.) But sometimes no matter what life gives you, you can make your […]

If You Plan on Working Longer, How Do You Best Prepare? – Kerry Hannon

Working longer today often means navigating career transitions successfully. How can you be well-prepared? In this conversation on our retirement podcast, we are joined by Kerry Hannon, AARP’s Job Expert. Kerry is a national keynote speaker, best-selling author, and columnist on personal finance, career transitions, and retirement. Her latest books include Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ and What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond. Kerry is a contributor and columnist for The New York Times and she writes a weekly column for NextAvenue.org. Kerry shares her perspective and advice on: Interesting work […]

What are the Upsides & Challenges of Retirement for Solo Agers? – Sara Zeff Geber

Did you know that almost 1 out of 5 Baby Boomers are childless? In this episode, we talk on with Sara Zeff Geber, Ph.D., author of Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the six Best Books of 2018 on Aging Well. Sara shares her insights on the unique upsides and challenges faced by Solo Agers, her perspective on the importance of flexibility and strategies for avoiding isolation and cultivating social networks in retirement. Wise Quote: On Social Support “Solo agers need to also nurture their social support system all […]

What Will You Do When Work Becomes Optional? – Stan Corey

Retire at 50? If you’re fortunate, you’ll reach a point where work is no longer driven by financial necessity. Then what? In this episode of our retirement podcast, we’re joined by Stan Corey, author of When Work Becomes Optional. Stan offers his perspective on building emotional wealth, why retirement is not a single phase and what non-financial traps to avoid. A recent retiree, Stan shares his personal experiences transitioning to retirement. Wise Quote: “I think that the transition is probably more impacted by what your work has been, your profession. As I said, I think the transitioning seems to be […]

What Trends in Retirement Should You Be Up to Speed On? – Catherine Collinson

Are people retiring earlier or later? What’s the retirement age in the US and how is it trending? In this episode of our retirement podcast, we talk with Catherine Collinson, CEO and President of non-profit Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. Catherine is a retirement and market trends expert and champion for Americans who are at risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement. Catherine shares insights from their research on the key trends driving change for both older workers and employers. Wise Quote: “…We see so much resilience among workers in terms of their expectations and looking […]

The Soft Side of Retirement – Fritz Gilbert, The Retirement Manifesto

Today on our retirement podcast, we welcome The Retirement Manifesto to discuss the Fire movement and how people striving for to be financially independent and retire early can benefit by planning for the soft side of retirementt. Fritz Gilbert is a corporate commodity trader, aspiring philosopher and lifelong financial hobbyist who is on the cusp of early retirement at 55. Fritz and his wife recently sold their primary home and moved into a cabin in the North Georgia mountains as part of their downsizing strategy for retirement. Fritz created his blog, The Retirement Manifesto , a canvas for helping people achieve […]