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You’ll face a myriad of decisions in planning for retirement. Wade Pfau has written a comprehensive guide to help you prepare well, financially and otherwise. He joins us to discuss how to fortify your retirement planning and decision-making. We discuss: How he became interested in studying retirement and retirement planning The key risks to manage…
 
Can learning from your parents’ mistakes help you age gracefully? In his 50s Steven Petrow began a list of things he was observing that he vowed never to do when he became old. Now in his 60s, he has a different appreciation of his observations. Listen in to a fascinating conversation as Steven shares his humor and insights on making smarter choice…
 
How can you get smarter about getting smarter? Our guest Elizabeth Ricker, author of Smarter Tomorrow, introduces us to neurohacks that can cognitive functioning. She explains her concept of scientific self-help and how to improve cognitive functioning through a variety of short exercises and experiments. We discuss: The story of her middle school …
 
Your “retirement” could be longer than your career. What if you reject the traditional version of retirement that your neighbors and your colleagues have in mind? What if instead, you design a new life around what matters most to you and yours? And what if you bring the same qualities that made you successful to your new post-career chapters? Today…
 
The pandemic has been a catalyst for reflection on what matters most and what constitutes a good life today. For many, it’s sparked a realization that there’s much more to life than the traditional model of work and careers. But what’s next for you? For those contemplating retiring, perhaps earlier than expected, it’s an opportunity to redesign the…
 
Achieving the financial security to retire is a big milestone. But you’re not done. There’s inner work to be done to move into this next phase of life. Retired psychotherapist and bestselling author Connie Zweig joins our retirement podcast to discuss her new book The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul – and her insights on how reflectio…
 
It’s a blast to dream about your retirement. Freedom. Flexibility. Fun. Just like you see in the commercials and the brochures. But if you want to truly retire happy and lead a life of fulfillment, you’ll need to prepare better. You’ll want to go beyond the highlights and take a serious look at what your day-to-day life will really be like – and wh…
 
What’s more important than Wellness? You want a healthy portfolio when y0u retire, but most importantly, you want a healthy you. This Best of The Retirement Wisdom Podcast episode highlights valuable practical advice from our guests on wise moves to take charge of your wellness and fitness. Listen to the full conversations: John LaPuma, MD Marta Za…
 
What will help you retire happy? After a long career, are you looking for a retirement life that has more variety and flexibility? And a rich, diverse set of activities and interests that you can build gradually and adjust as you go? Our guest on this retirement podcast is Andy Robin, a retired technology executive who’s doing just that. He’s joini…
 
Can you get stronger after 50? Strength training, done properly and safely, can bolster your wellness. It’s a key component of an overall fitness plan. Our guest, Dave Durell, shares his experience on how to do it right. Dave joins us from Florida. ________________________ Are you ready to discover your new life? Design Your New Life with a proven …
 
Positive aging can bolster your retirement. It includes cultivating your mindset, your engagement, creativity, and gratitude. Author Stephanie Raffelock shares her insights on positive aging and explains how you can reclaim what you love. Stephanie joins us from Austin, Texas. __________________________ Are you ready to design your new life? Our gr…
 
Have you ever wondered about your family history and what it means for your legacy? We asked Laurie Hermance-Moore, an accredited Genealogist to help us get smarter about the topic. We discuss: What a professional Genealogist does How understanding family history can be an important part of someone’s legacy What’s possible to learn about your famil…
 
Planning for retirement is a delicate balancing act. Focusing on the practical realities is essential. But it’s important to imagine your future with a sense of adventure, too. Harriet Edleson, the author of 12 Ways to Retire on Less: Planning an Affordable Future joins us to discuss how to plan your retirement with both in mind. We discuss: The ho…
 
To celebrate the 100th episode of The Retirement Wisdom Podcast, we’ve invited three special previous guests for a panel discussion on the challenges retirees face today, how to age wisely, and retire happy. We are grateful for all our guests who’ve shared their insights and wisdom on our retirement podcast – and to you, our listeners. We discuss: …
 
What happens when successful people are too busy or too distracted to plan for the non-financial side of retirement? Former Senator Ted Kaufman and former management consultant Bruce Hiland saw it time and again with their retired friends. And it led them to collaborate on the new book Retiring? Your Next Chapter is About Much More Than Money. It’s…
 
What happens when someone who’s purpose-driven achieves financial independence and doesn’t need to work anymore? How do they create a purpose-driven life in retirement? Casey Weade, the author of Job Optional*: *The science of retiring with confidence; the art of living with purpose, shares his insights on how to retire with purpose. ______________…
 
What’s the future of retirement post-pandemic? Smart, a leading retirement technology business and one of the UK’s largest providers of retirement plans, recently launched the Future of Global Retirement report. It examines how retirement plans will evolve in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia in the years to come, following the c…
 
Can a futurist help you create the retirement plan you want? Our guest is Brian David Johnson, who was Intel’s first futurist, and is the author of The Future You: Break Through the Fear and Build the Life You Want. Listen in – your Future You will thank you. We discuss: His new book The Future You What a futurist does – and doesn’t do The common m…
 
Retirement Wisdom helps you balance your retirement planning by attending to how you invest your most valuable asset – your time. No other podcasts cover the non-financial side of retirement planning as in-depth as our retirement podcast. Here’s a recap of what we learned in the 3rd month of our 4th season of The Retirement Wisdom Podcast talking w…
 
Are you well-prepared for the transition to retirement and the life you want to lead? It’s one of life’s major transitions and it takes much more than money. Our guest, Mike Drak, shares his insights from his personal experience with his retirement transition and his recently released book Retirement Heaven or Hell. We discuss: The lessons from his…
 
We all have that inner voice in our heads. In his book Chatter, psychologist Ethan Kross shares insights from his research lab at the University of Michigan on how our self-talk impacts our lives, our attitudes, our health, and our relationships. Chatter includes a range of valuable tools we can use to control our inner critic and tap into our “inn…
 
Do you have an encore career in you? An interest you’ve always wanted to pursue, if only you had the time? Maybe you’ve dreamed of becoming an author in your second career. Our guest, Jim Hockenberry, retired from a successful corporate career at 55 and did just that, writing not one book, but three. He’s the author of an award-winning historical f…
 
Could an Encore Career be in your future? How do you transition to a second career with purpose? Our guest, Ruth Wooden, is in her encore career – and it led her to create a program to help others build their own encore careers. Ruth joins us from Hawaii. _________________________ Bio Ruth Wooden retired in 2011 from her career in communications in…
 
What happens when unforeseen events thwart your plans? Will you have the positive attitude, resilience, and perseverance you’ll need to overcome adversity? Our guest today is Carol Cooke, AM, a Canadian-born Australian cyclist, swimmer, and rower and the author of Finding Your Inner Gold. Her compelling and inspiring story is one of perseverance an…
 
Is planning for successful aging part of your retirement planning? We’ve had the pleasure of talking with a number of experts who can help you be prepared to live well across your lifespan. This mini-episode highlights key points you’ll want to think about and include in your planning. You can listen to the full conversations here: Alan Castel Hele…
 
Lifelong learning is an essential element of a satisfying retirement. And lifelong learning is an increasingly vital part of a successful career, including a second career. Our special guest, Dr. Michelle Weise, explains how longer lifespans are changing the nature of careers and education, and why lifelong learning is important for individuals and…
 
Healthy choices create a healthy lifestyle, but how can you consistently make the best choices? Having solid information is a good start, but it’s not enough. By making some simple, targeted adjustments, it is easier than you think to create healthy habits that will last. Our guest, Alan Carpenter, shares his personal experience, insights, and advi…
 
Does your retirement planning account for caregiving? Will you be a caregiver? Who will be your caregivers? We talk with expert Joy Loverde about what you should include in your retirement planning. Joy joins us from Chicago. _________________________ Bio Joy Loverde has a reputation for being a path carver and visionary. Joy is the author of the W…
 
Some key life decisions can have consequences that reverberate for years. And as you plan for retirement, there are big decisions ahead. What lessons can we learn from emerging research on how to make big decisions? Our guest, Dr. Adrian Camilleri, has engaged 657 Americans (from 20 to 80) on the ten big life decisions they’ve made so far. Dr. Cami…
 
What was your career plan when you were graduating from college? You probably didn’t leave college equipped with the skills to make a career change midlife. So if you’re considering a second career, a career change at 50 or a career change at 60, our guest today has valuable information you’ll want to hear. If you have family members, colleagues, o…
 
We help you balance your retirement planning. No other podcasts cover the non-financial side of retirement planning as in-depth. Here’s a recap of what we learned in the second month of our 4th season of The Retirement Wisdom Podcast talking with: Barbara O’Neill, A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University and author of Flipping the S…
 
What are your images of retirement? How do you picture yourself enjoying your hard-earned freedom? It’ll take savvy holistic planning to achieve your vision. It starts with holistic financial planning, but it includes planning for the non-financial aspects as well. Trusted advisors can be valuable assets in your holistic planning for retirement. Ou…
 
Creating a second act in mid-life and beyond takes reinvention. But our guest today tells us it’s only part of the story. Wendy Marx, author of Thriving at 50+: The 7 Principles to Reinvent & Rebrand Yourself, notes that it’s wise to also update and upgrade your personal brand. We discuss with Wendy: The biggest challenges that people 50 + face tod…
 
What can you learn about Early Retirement and the FIRE movement from someone who retired at 41 over three years ago? We catch up with Chris Mamula, of Can I Retire Yet.com. We first talked with Chris two years ago on his emerging lessons learned, how his early retirement lifestyle is evolving, and his recommendations for listeners who are consideri…
 
How do you maintain cognitive health as you age? Our guest today is Dr. Krystal Culler and she shares a range of useful practices for brain health and staying sharp. We discuss with Dr. Culler: How she became interested in Gerontology and Health & Wellness How she defines brain health The misconceptions she sees people having about brain health The…
 
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 fil…
 
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 relationshi…
 
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 ne…
 
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 ta…
 
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 _________…
 
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 t…
 
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 ow…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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-Ba…
 
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 ou…
 
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 livin…
 
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 …
 
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® me…
 
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 o…
 
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