The Retirement Wisdom Podcast

The Retirement Wisdom Podcast

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March 1, 2021 29 min
About 5% of older adults live in retirement communities in the United States. What's life like behind the gates of retirement communities? Filmmaker Lance Oppenheim looks at life in The Villages, a retirement community in Florida with 130,000 residents, in his new documentary Some Kind of Heaven. We discuss: How he came up with the idea for the film How he selected the four main characters The arc of the stories that un...
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February 23, 2021 34 min
It's been a year since the pandemic began. How have your networking relationships evolved? Is it time to rethink how you approach networking? Our guest is J. Kelly Hoey, the author of Build Your Dream Network, and she encourages people to think of networking differently. It's not about networking events, it's about cultivating the right relationships. If you're looking to build a second career, Kelly Hoey's netw...
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  Is it time to discover What's Next after your primary career comes to an end? Is there something you always wanted to do? Is there a problem or challenge that your skills and experience could help solve? Is there something calling you? This mini-episode of our retirement podcast highlights three stories of people who are making a difference - in new ways. Cynthia Barnett found her career in education coming to an end pr...
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What are the keys to happiness in retirement? It goes beyond financial security. And if you want to retire happy, what should you focus on? Our guest today is Dr. Barbara O'Neill, author of Flipping the Switch: Your Guide to Happiness and Financial Security in Later Life. Although she is not a fan of the word retirement, she's researched what it takes to make one of life's transitions and retire happy. I discuss with D...
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This is a special mini-episode of The Retirement Wisdom Podcast. It's a quick recap of what we learned in the first month of our 4th season of the podcast. To kick off Season 4, we focused on topics that are front and center for many people at the beginning of a new year: Healthy living Working longer (in different ways) Lifelong learning ___________________________ You can listen to the full conversations here: Take...
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  What comes to mind when you hear the phrase lifelong learning? Formal classes, with homework, delivered over Zoom? That's part of it. But there's another dimension that our guest Tom Vanderbilt, the author of the new book Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning, highlights. He writes about learning a new skill, as opposed to acquiring knowledge. And he's not focused on professional skills. Hi...
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A career change is one of life's transitions - and it's a major one. Is career management a priority in the second half of your career? Our guest today, Jeff Gothelf, author of Forever Employable, argues that it's more important than ever to future proof your career. Taking a proactive approach can be beneficial if you want to strike out on your own someday, but also if you want to enhance your value to your current emp...
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At the beginning of a new year, it's natural to think about what you can do to live a healthier lifestyle. Are there changes you can make to enhance your holistic well-being? Our guest, John La Puma, MD is a leader in the practice of Culinary Medicine and EcoMedicine, preventative medicine approaches to create a healthier lifestyle through what we choose to eat and the health benefits of nature. We discuss with Dr. La Puma: ...
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December 29, 2020 29 min
We're all aging, but what do we need to know about successful aging? I reached out to the person who wrote a comprehensive successful aging book, Daniel Levitin, a noted neuroscientist, musician, and author, to find out. I discuss with Daniel Levitin: What led him to write Successful Aging How he defines successful aging Common misconceptions about aging How our brains change as we age What older brains are better a...
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Are you living your core personal values? If you look carefully at how you're spending your time, how aligned is it with your core values? It's a great time to step back, take stock, and make some changes that can make a big difference in the year(s) ahead. Our guest Harry Kraemer, author of Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-Based Life, highlights how self-reflection can help create greater alignment a...
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The benefits of gratitude are plentiful. Yet there's a tendency to take things for granted, even what matters most. How can gratefulness be cultivated without the painful experience of a wake-up call? Our guest, Kristi Nelson, author of the new book Wake Up Grateful, shares her wisdom on how to develop the mindset and practices to be grateful in our day to day lives. Kristi and I discuss: The mission of her organization A N...
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Retirement is one of life's transitions - a big one. What's the ideal retirement lifestyle in today's Baby Boomer retirement? I've had the opportunity to read Shifting Gears, the new book by Richard Haiduck. Through interviews with Baby Boomers in retirement, he paints the picture of the diverse retirement life that different Baby Boomers are living today. Whether you're planning for retirement or you're in ...
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What second career ideas are you considering? The best second career jobs aren't often posted on job sites - you create them. One approach is to build a portfolio career, consisting of several activities that leverage your skills, experience, and interests. Our guest, Kate Schaefers, shares her story of how she created a portfolio career - and her observations on how Baby Boomers and organizations are evolving. I discuss with ...
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When you choose to retire, what happens to your To-Do list? Of course, it follows along - and now you're populating it with a whole new set of items that you finally have the freedom to do. But it doesn't take long to get the familiar feeling that many things are competing for your time and attention. I've used David Allen's Getting Things Done® method for years, and I’ve been thinking about how it can be very usefu...
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Have you ever wondered how to become a filmmaker? As your second-act career? Melissa Davey knows how - she's done it and she returns to our retirement podcast to share her lessons learned. Her story is about smart risk-taking and the value of a growth mindset. But it's also about the courage to walk away from a career to follow her dream when the opportunity presented itself. She took it and her story is one that's sure...
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Advances in science and technology are creating healthier and longer lives. Our guest today has referred to it as a Longevity Dividend. But increased longevity leads to many questions. How can you maintain health and fitness in this era of longevity? How does longevity affect your retirement planning, and how will you grow and protect your non-financial assets? How will you invest your extra years? And how can you experiment with ...
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  Dr. Anna Dixon, CEO of the Centre for Ageing Better, joins our retirement podcast to discuss her new book, The Age of Ageing Better?: A Manifesto For Our Future. With an ageing population, governments and corporations have been slow to adapt, but there's a lot within our control when it comes to ageing well.  We discuss: The mission of UK's Centre for Ageing Better What actions governments and institutions can take...
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  Our guest, Cindy Cox-Roman, a market researcher and gerontologist, joins our retirement podcast to share her perspective on the vital role of Personal Agency. Psychologist Albert Bandura defines personal agency as "the human capability to influence one's functioning and the course of events by one's actions." As you plan for your life in retirement, it's wise to include personal agency so you can be in the d...
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2020 is changing life in many ways, including the way we work.  The trend toward working virtually was already well underway, but now remote work from home jobs may become more common going forward. Working virtually expands options for older workers who want to work longer, but with greater flexibility. Kerry Hannon joins our podcast to talk about her new book Great Pajama Jobs: Your Compete Guide to Working from Home. She notes ...
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  Ageism in the workplace is increasingly an obstacle to working longer. Patti Temple Rocks, author of I’m Not Done: It’s Time to Talk About Ageism in the Workplace, shares her story and why she's fighting for change. Her book offers a portrait of the costs of ageism and recommends solutions that CEOs and HR can implement. We discuss with Patti Temple Rocks: Why she's on a mission to combat ageism in the workplace Wh...
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