Retirement podcasts mainly focus on the financial aspects of retirement planning. Our podcast on retirement covers the other side of the street – how will you invest your precious time? The length of the average retirement today offers a great opportunity for many people to reinvent themselves and pursue things they’ve always wanted to do. But making the most of the freedom that retirement promises takes balanced planning. If you’re figuring out how to retire early, considering a career change or second career – or simply wondering how to best transition to retirement, then this podcast is for you.

Subscribe and stay in the loop on ideas you can use.

    "One of The 24 Inspiring Podcasts That Will Help You Thrive in 2020" -Thrive Global 

Season Three

Design Your Life and Get Unstuck – Dave Evans

Life planning & career planning can be challenging things to tackle, especially in uncertain times like these. Dave Evans, the co-author of Designing Your Life and the new book Designing your Work Life, explains how the principles of design thinking can give you an edge. Whether you’re anticipating a transition to a new chapter in life in retirement, creating a second career or making a savvy career change, “iterating your way forward” is the best way to explore new options. Designing Your Life is one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read and the one I’ve most often given […]

The Joy of Movement – Kelly McGonigal

            Our guest today is Kelly McGonigal, PhD, and author of The Joy of Movement. Kelly is a health psychologist at Stanford whose Ted Talk on stress has over 22 million views.  The Joy Of Movement is an exceptional book that blends the science behind the psychological benefits of exercise and physical activity with compelling stories of how exercise has helped people overcome challenges and thrive. It’s a great time of year to (carefully) start or resume working out and this book has inspiring messages that will get you moving. You’ll find this book to […]

How to Make a Wise Career Switch – Dawn Graham

As people work longer, making a career switch is becoming more common. Planning a career change after 50+ takes a savvy approach that’s in tune with what’s needed in the marketplace today. And a second career can offer an opportunity to apply your skill set in different ways and pursue greater meaning and purpose. But a mid-life career shift takes a smart strategy and a targeted plan to fully leverage your skills and your network. Is It Time for a Career Switch? In this episode, we talk with Dr. Dawn Graham, who’s written Switchers, a go-to book on making a […]

How to Retire Early and Live Your Life Fully – Leif Dahleen

Is there a playbook on how to retire early?  You may find yourself dreaming of early retirement now after reading stories of the FIRE Movement (Financial Independence and Retire Early). But maybe you’re wondering what it would really be like to retire early and walk away? And perhaps you’ve fantasized about what life would be like without a blaring alarm clock five days a week.   An Early Retirement Story In Progress Our guest is Leif Dahleen, who at 43, did just that in August. We talk with Leif about his story and: What the FIRE Movement is about What […]

With the Freedom to Retire, Where Will You Plant Your New Tree? – Don Ezra

Once you’ve earned the freedom to retire, what will you do next? What are your plans for retirement? How will you approach preparing to retire so that one day you’ll be happily retired? Well, Don Ezra thinks that the word retirement is obsolete. He believes it’s high time that we reframe how we think about it. In Don’s view what we used to call retirement, is today the beginning of a new second life. He calls it Life Two – life after full-time work. In fact, multiple surveys indicate that the vast majority of people want to continue to work […]

Tiny Habits Can Lead to Big Changes – BJ Fogg

Behavior change is hard. Studies show that up to 45% of our behavior comes from habits. So, what if we could learn how to create habits and design the new behaviors we want? In this podcast episode, our guest is BJ Fogg, PhD, the founder of Stanford’s Behavior Design Lab, and the world’s leading expert in habit formation. His new book Tiny Habits: Small Changes That Change Everything is based on over two decades of groundbreaking research and lays out a simple – yet powerful – behavior change model and a broader master system. His Tiny Habits® Method helps you […]

Season Two

Retirement Planning Includes Getting Good at Getting Older – Rabbi Laura Geller

Wise retirement planning transcends your 401k. The transition to retirement is one of the most significant experiences you’ll encounter in your lifetime. And it’s increasingly being recognized as a new and distinct phase of life. One that’s rich with possibilities for personal development, spiritual growth, learning and wisdom. While people retire at different ages, what we all have in common is that we are all growing older. And it turns out that aging well takes a new skill set. In this episode of our retirement podcast, our guest is Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, […]

The Mind-Body Connection and The Rabbit Effect – Kelli Harding, M.D.,MPH

In this episode of our retirement podcast, our guest is Dr. Kelli Harding, author of The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier With the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness.  Is there anything more important than your health and wellness? Most books for retirement focus on financing retirement and health care, which are important topics. If you want to retire smarter, you have to go beyond that. The Rabbit Effect is not a retirement book per se, but it offers recommendations, based on research, on how you can enhance your overall wellness by being mindful of hidden factors, like compassion and […]

Advice for Successful Career Women Transitioning to Retirement – Helen Dennis

What retirement advice for women would an expert offer?  Helen Dennis has helped thousands prepare for the non-financial side of retirement planning.  She recently celebrated the 18th anniversary of her popular weekly column Successful Aging. In this episode of our retirement podcast we asked Helen to share her views on a range of topics that can help you retire smarter: Why the term retirement needs to be retired The backstory of Project Renewment ® The key themes she’s seeing in Project Renewment®  groups What the different issues are that men face in this phase of life What gets in the […]

Why Building Resilience is Vital in Midlife and Beyond – Jan Zacharjasz

In this episode of our retirement podcast we with talk with Jan Zacharjasz. Jan is a Certified Professional Coach specializing in midlife transitions, including making a midlife career change, focusing on the changing needs of Baby Boomers as they redefine aging today. Jan shares with us her insights and perspective on a range of topics: Her story of what led her to become a coach The key challenges she sees clients dealing with in mid-life and beyond Why resilience building is vital – and whether it’s something you’re born with or can be learned How she helps clients navigate transitions […]

Why People Make a Career Change with Purpose Top of Mind – Chris Farrell

In this new episode of our retirement podcast, we are joined by Chris Farrell to discuss his new book Purpose and a Paycheck. Podcasts about retirement and books on retirement primarily focus on financial planning. Chris’ new book is different. In our conversation, he shares his observations on why more people are making a career change toward work with greater purpose and meaning. Chris explains why he thinks “There has never been a better time to be in the second half of life in America” and offers his insights on why the choice of working in retirement can be beneficial. […]

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 aging well and how to stay sharp based on research. Bio Dawn C. Carr is an associate professor at Florida […]

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 Eisenberg about Next Avenue, older workers and employers, the key trends Baby Boomers […]

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

What advice from well-meaning friends and colleagues will help you in transitioning to retirement? Well, this journalist shares the view that because every person’s retirement is different, it’s best to find your own path. 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. […]

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

Whether it’s to create a second act career as a consultant, to gain greater flexibility or to generate extra income in retirement, 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 freelance 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, author of The Gig […]

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 of our retirement podcast, we talk with Author, Keynote Speaker and Communications Strategist Sam Horn.  We discuss 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. Is semi-retirement the best option for you/ 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.  She suggests strategies on how to overcome […]

What’s Next for You? – Jeff Tidwell

    Thinking about a midlife career change? 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.”     Ready for a Career Change? Jeff shares his insights on the challenges and opportunities faced by the 50+ generation, the resources needed to overcome obstacles and make a career change, build a second act career or create a new entrepreneurial path. Jeff also discusses his own experiences as an entrepreneur and his key […]

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 Want to retire smarter? Forge your own path. 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. It’s a […]

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 with the FIRE Movement. [bctt tweet=”You’ve nailed the numbers. You can retire early. But are you prepared for the transition? Chris Mamula shares his experience and advice.” username=”RetiremntWisdom”] 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 […]

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

You may know that every day 10,000 Baby Boomers enter retirement. But 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 and her perspective on the importance of flexibility. She also discusses strategies to avoid isolation and how Baby Boomers in retirement, especially […]

We engage in conversations with authors of books on retirement, professors doing the latest research on retirement, fascinating people who have created second act careers or people who are building new lives in retirement to share their insights, retirement strategies and retirement advice.

Topics and questions we cover on our retirement lifestyle podcast include:

Why planning well for the transition to retirement is the key to FIRE

Why identity is a major challenge in the transition to retirement

Preparing for the emotional side of early retirement

Why many Baby Boomers are creating second careers based on purpose

Why purpose and meaning are more valuable than happiness

Why people are unretiring

Why Half-Retiring may be the way to go

If you want to work longer, how you can best prepare

Why a busy retirement night not be the best retirement

Why your retirement won’t come with a roadmap

The Intergenerational aspects of the new retirement

Aging in Place versus moving to a 55+ Community

Becoming an entrepreneur in your second career in retirement

Going back to school in retirement


The Retirement Conversation podcast invites you to listen in to our discussions on life in retirement. It just might give you a new perspective on your next chapter.

Listen to episodes from Season One here

Check out The Retirement Wisdom Blog