RE0019: Too Old to Skydive?

Jim Moir Photo of Jim Moir who talks about how to Skydive in retirement.doesn’t think that he’s too old to skydive.

Henry had a conversation with Jim and found out that Jim used to skydive competitively.  When he retired he said he was obviously too old for competition because the youngsters thrash him.

Jim couldn’t just retire from skydiving though, so he redirected the skills and experience he had built up over decades.

So he’s still involved in the sport he loves.

Henry follows Jim’s progress in life and parachuting, from beginner to competitor to champion and instructor.  Not only does Jim like to parachute out of airplanes, but he also taught his wife to skydive.  She went from a novice to a champion skydiver in under two years.

Jim lives in Melbourne, Australia, as do many of Henry’s guests.  They go over what equipment you need.  Henry and Jim talk about why you can skydive at any age. They talk about the great innovations in the sport.  And why age doesn’t matter.  Do you want a heart stopping feeling of exhilaration?  Try skydiving.  At any age.

But that’s not all.

Even if you aren’t interested in jumping out of an airplane, listen to Jim and Henry talk about how you can use your skills to make your retirement great.  The camaraderie of continuing a sport or an activity into retirement can make the activity worthwhile.

During the interview Jim mentions flying with a wing suit.  If you have never seen this, watch this YouTube video to get you excited, or shake your head in horror.

How can you apply Jim’s suggestion of extending your hard won experience to your retirement?  Let us know with a comment in the reply box below.

Cruising in Retirement: Episode 75

Photo about Cruising in Retirement with Donna ClarkThinking of cruising in retirement? Check out Cruise Critic!

As most of you know, I recently went on a cruise, and while I was there, I met Donna Clark. I just had to interview her for the show to talk about Cruise Critic! Donna doesn’t work for this website…she just thinks it’s pretty awesome and so do I!  And no, they are not paying me to say this!  (But they should…right? Ha!)

http://CruiseCritic.com is the most extraordinary place to go to find volumes of information and helps keep you cruising in retirement.

This website is a valuable tool for anyone looking into cruising or on a cruise. You can find things such as:

  • Member reviews of cruises
  • Reviews of ships
  • Reviews of staterooms on the ships
  • Port reviews
  • Sometimes they will have professional reviews along with member reviews
  • Excursion reviews
  • Finding a cruise
  • Browsing destinations and deals and much… much more!

You can become a member of cruisecritic and there are some great benefits to this.

Community Page: When you click on the community page and select your cruise line, it is like a bulletin board. People will post questions and anyone can answer them. There is a ton of information!

Roll Call: You can find the actual cruise you are going to be on. Once you click on that, you can talk to other people that are going to be on your ship.

Another benefit of Roll Call is the ability to set up private tours.There are quite a few great things about private tours

  • Fewer people so you get to know the people in your group better
  • Less waiting
  • More of what YOU want to do
  • The only real downside of private tours is if you have a fear (like I do) of getting back to the ship on time before it takes off! Most private tour companies will guarantee you will be back on time, though.  You can research private tours through the magic of Google as well!

Cruisecritic group party- Who doesn’t love a good party? Member will receive a special invitation to what is often referred to as a “meet and mingle”. So fun!.

All of this great information and the best part…it’s totally FREE!

Website: www.cruisecritic.com

If you would like to download our Free Report, Secrets about Retirement your Broker won’t tell you! just go to: www.RockYourRetirement.com/Secrets

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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Sustainable Tourism: Episode 074

Photo of Diane Valenti Episode 76Diane Valenti loves to travel and is especially enthusiastic about philanthropic and sustainable travel.

She is the founder of Llama Expeditions, which gives private guided trips to South America. These trips are for the young at heart who looking for life changing perspectives. Oh, and for her 9-5 corporate job, she consults with Fortune 500 companies to design learning experiences that help employees reach their potential at work.

In 2008 Diane and her father took a trip to Machu Pichu to fulfill one of his bucket list items. It was a magical experience that really moved her. Diane decided she wanted to create these experiences for others.

With each tour she makes a donation, and she also gives the opportunity for her guests to donate.

She chooses the organizations who get her philanthropic attention by researching them at Idealist.  Diane wants to leave a trace…but the right kind of trace.

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This is not what some people call “voluntourism”.  These groups are not painting walls, only for the next group to repaint them.  (Yes this happens!)

These are trips where you really get to know the people.  And you get to see that your donation makes a difference.

And that’s how you can participate in sustainable tourism.  It’s Philanthropic tourism at it’s best.

Today’s Freebie:  The Traveler’s Guide to Changing the World which you can find by going to http://RockYourRetirement.com/Travel

You can reach her at http://llamaexpeditions.com

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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Documents we need to have a great retirement: Episode 73

Photo of Karin Schumacher Episode 73

I asked Karin to come on the show to talk to us about the documents we need to have a great retirement.

Karin Schumacher has been an attorney since 2001. She is regarded as compassionate, accomplished, and dedicated at Elder Law & Advocacy, Legal Aid Society, and San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. She has effectively served over 12,000 clients.

She talks about her grandfather who was a very “well to do” business owner. (He owned 3 auto supply stores). At the time he passed away in 1975, he had over ten million dollars. He wanted his children and his grandchildren to receive that. The problem was that unbeknownst to him, the Corporate Trustee he used, did not have his best interest at heart. All of his hard earned money had been squandered. Now in 1975, there was far less oversight on Corporate Trustees and a lot fewer regulations than there are now.

Put these documents in place BEFORE they are needed. Also update or review them on a regular basis because life events and circumstances change frequently.”

Karin goes over each of these in greater detail during the interview.  Below, is the list of documents we need to have a great retirement:

  1. Advanced Healthcare Directive- This is basically your end of life wishes. It is a 55-page document that goes over your medical wishes should you become incapacitated.
  2. Power of Attorney (Springing or Immediate) Springing POA- Only takes place upon incapacity. Immediate- Be cautious here because the moment you sign an immediate POA, the power goes to the agent. However, a POA is one of the documents we need to have a great retirement.  Kathe likes the Springing kind.
  3. HIPAA Release (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) – Prohibits Healthcare providers from releasing information unless you have completed a HIPAA  release form.
  4. Trust- If you own a home and or assets in California above $150,000 then a Trust will assist in avoiding probate.
  5. Will – If you are distributing assets by other means and don’t own a home, then be sure to create a will.

To get today’s Freebie, What Documents Do I Need Before I Become Incapacitated, go to http://rockyourretirement.com/Incapacitated

Contact Information for Karin: www.AfsarEstatePlanning.com

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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*Rock your Retirement discusses retirement issues, but neither Rock Your Retirement nor Kathe Kline provides legal advice.  Please be sure to consult your own attorney.

RE 016: Captain of the Ship

Rob Anderson tells us about his captain of the ship(s) days.If you go to sea at fifteen, by sixty five you will have seen and learned a few things.

Rob Anderson certainly has.

They didn’t talk about what Rob is doing in retirement. But they did have a hilarious discussion about his experiences as the Captain or First Mate of the various ships he has worked on.

He tells of experiences like towing oil rigs, and doing duty as the medical officer.  There were burials at sea, and a story about what happens when you are shaving without any clothes on while travelling in rough seas. Henry challenges us to guess how that turned out. There were plenty of other stories but you know how colorful a captain of the ship can be, so Henry couldn’t air those stories.  Ha!

In the later part of the show they talk about the times Rob was the Captain of the ship, “Sea Shepherd” and he was also captain of the ship the “Steve Irwin”.

Sea Shepherd is the organization whose ships deliberately challenge the Japanese whaling fleet while they slaughter hundreds of whales in the name of scientific research. It was at this point that Rob became seriously serious.

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If you are interested in conservation on land or sea, then you can possibly work with Greenpeace.   Note:  We aren’t recommending them, we are just giving you the information!  You can also visit The Sea Shepherd website. You can get involved, donate, or purchase Sea Shepherd items.

Rob mentions that you can go on board the “Steve Irwin” when it is in dock at Williamstown, talk to the folks, and maybe arrange to sail with them if appropriate.  (This is for you Aussies!  Can I call you Aussies?  I’m not sure of the protocol here.)

Join the discussion below.  Let us know about your own ship activities and conservation efforts!

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5 golden rules of retirement you never knew: Episode 72

Bart Astor

In this episode, I talked with Bart Astor. Bart has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” PBS’s “MarketPlace,” Ric Edelman’s “The Truth About Money,” AARP Radio, “Two Boomer Babes,” and Boomer’s Rock radio. So as you can imagine, I was honored to have him on my show!

Bart Astor is a recognized expert in life’s transitions and eldercare. He is the author of a plethora of books including AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life. This book does talk about money, but it also talks about health, work, lifestyle, and pursuing your dreams. And that’s what this show is about!  I wanted to find out what his 5 golden rules of retirement were…

When we are working, and thinking about retirement, one of the issues we have to deal with is our ego. Our identity. Who are we?

In Bart’s writings, he’s talked about 5 golden rules of retirement, or for setting the roadmap to what he calls a successful “Second Adulthood.”  Bart goes into more detail about this in the interview but…

Those 5 golden rules of retirement are:

  1. You get to choose your own goals
  2. Most of what happens to us in our lives is not really a surprise
  3. The level of your activity influences your choices (This includes mental and physical activity)
  4. Quality of life is about retirement lifestyle
  5. Don’t judge yourself

Books

To get today’s Freebie, Level of Activity Scale, go to http://rockyourretirement.com/LevelOfActivity

Contact information for Bart: Twitter: @bartastor  *  Email: Bart@BartAstor.com  *  Website: www.BartAstor.com

Special Thanks to:

  • Angie Strehlow who helps us get great guests that help us with our retirement lifestyle while keeping everything on track…and helps with these show notes!
  • Les Briney, my husband, and Danny Ozment of Emerald City Pro who edits the show and makes my guests and me sound terrific
  • Henry Shapiro, host of Retired Excited that airs on Fridays
  • YOU for telling your friends about the show, leaving comments below, and sharing episodes you really like on Facebook, and reviewing the show on iTunes

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