Making a Move: Episode 57

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Jami Shapiro helps you when you are making a move.

Jami helps people who are making a move.

Are you Making a Move soon?  This is the episode to listen to!  Jami Shapiro is the owner of Silver Linings Transitions. She is a single mother of three girls, an 11 year thyroid cancer survivor, a community volunteer and a Realtor.

Believing everything happens for a reason, Jami discovered the National Association of Senior Move Managers in 2014. They were holding the national conference in San Diego.  She attended the conference, met other Senior Move Managers and knew she’d found the work she was meant to do.

Silver Linings Transitions is a bright spot for people facing difficult transitions AND making a move.

The company specializes in seniors who are downsizing or making a move into senior communities as well as couples going through divorce. As someone’s who’s faced cancer and divorce, Jami understands personally how important it is to find the “silver lining” when life doesn’t go the way we’d hoped.  When working with clients through their transition, the Silver Linings Transitions team focuses on what’s positive during a difficult time and helps the client navigate through the move as gently as possible.

The most important work we do is helping people with the emotional aspect of making a move.

In this episode Jamie and I talk about:

  • The secret of getting 3000 square feet worth of stuff into a 1200 square foot apartment.
  • What can I do now if I don’t want to move, but I just have a lot of clutter that I want to get rid of?
  • How do you deal with those boxes and boxes of photos?
  • What is the difference between a mover and a move manager such as Silver Linings Transitions?
  • How to diffuse any needless fighting over belongings and keep the stress level down for everyone.

Be mindful of how much “stuff”  you buy. Spend money on experiences rather than stuff.

Spend more time focusing on the present and what you are able to do. Don’t worry about the future or the past. Focus on what you can do and not what you can’t do. Do something you have never done and always wanted to try.

Contact Information: Phone 858 522-9518Email: * Website:

National Association of Senior Move Managers

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There is always something new to learn: Ep. 56

Aimee Davis says there is always something new to learn

Aimee Davis says there is always something new to learn

Aimee Davis began her role as director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Diego State University in October 2015. She has been working as a director for SDSU for three years in the College of Extended Studies after having worked for San Diego Hospice for 9 years as a volunteer coordinator and program manager. Aimee is passionate about providing meaningful experiences through lifelong learning to students 50 and better. Through OLLI at SDSU’s vibrant and diverse learning community, Aimee works to provide about 125 new course offerings every year – from art history and music to politics and religion – there is always something new to learn!

This is learning for the sake of learning and is strictly for fun…

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OLLI courses are very reasonably priced and membership is only $30 per semester for new members and $25 per semester for renewing members. Membership is not required, but there are some good benefits to having one.

  • Early registration the following semester (so you get to register before everyone else and get first dibs on seats for the most popular courses that tend to sell out quickly)
  • Exclusive access to book clubs
  • Plus the cost of the membership goes towards all courses, lectures, and edventures. What are edventures? These are various offsite learning events including things like a Culture and cuisine series or The Old Globe – Sense and Sensibility.

Yes, at OLLI there is always something new to learn.

However, it’s more than learning. You can also volunteer. There are various committees people volunteer for. This includes the “curriculum and instructor community where volunteers give feed back and on courses and instructors. There are also opportunities to help with events and marketing.

Aimee says the classes build learning, connections and friendships!

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire? If you haven’t already, learn to say no! Once people find out you’re retiring they start to ask for your help with all sorts of things.  It’s easy to get pulled in a lot of different directions. Here at OLLI we have lots different volunteer opportunities and our students have so much experience and talent to bring to the table. But I’m always careful to check-in with people and make sure they don’t feel any pressure to help.

What advice would you give to a retiree who feels stuck? Take time to learn about who you are as a person right now. What are you passionate about? What brings you joy and energy? Figure out what those things are and spend your time doing that.

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Stuff and Retirement: Hillbilly Nerd Talk: Episode 55

Stuff and RetirementToday’s episode of Rock Your Retirement is a sneak peak at the interview that Kathe did on Hillbilly Nerd Talk.  Hank and Petra talked to me about their own retirement.  During the interview, we wondered if stuff and retirement don’t go together.  And, is “Retirement” even the right word? Many Baby Boomers are redefining what they want to do in their later years.  They can be more care free than the generations that came before.  That is, if they have prepared Financially.

We talked about the fact that there are two types of Baby Boomer Retirements:  Those who planned financially and those who didn’t.  For those who have the financial resources, their retirement is more like a teenager’s life, but with the ability to do more.

Even though the show, Rock Your Retirement, doesn’t specifically discuss finances, it is true that if you are completely financially strapped, you’ll be thinking about putting food on the table and a roof over your head.  We assume that the listeners to Rock Your Retirement have already done some financial planning and that they are looking for different information. We have discussed Stuff and Retirement in the past.  Check out the episode on Downsizing.

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Stuff and Retirement:

We Americans are tied to our STUFF.  We talked about Wendy Holt (episode 9) who moved to Costa Rica.  She gave up all her stuff, along with the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

Speaking of stuff…Hank and Petra DO live differently than most of their peers.  Hank drives Elmer, a twelve year old pickup truck.  At ages 47 and 44 they could have “retired” earlier.  Living a less extravagant lifestyle gives you freedom.  Hank said that objects tie us down.  Petra said that they are invigorated by the next phase of their life.

Every town in America has storage facilities where we have to store extra stuff. People keep their stuff in their garage, and their cars on the street. Petra brought up that people could probably clear out a bedroom to keep extra stuff in, but we just have so much!

Frank brought up “First World Problems”.

Imagine trying to explain to a person in Africa or Nigeria how we have a problem in America where we have too much stuff, and we have to rent extra boxes to store it all.   Petra also talked about how you can rent shipping crates to store your stuff in your yard.

Just think:  If you die and haven’t gotten rid of it, someone else will have to go through your stuff.  Your stuff will wind up in an Estate Sale.  Frank said that you can retire earlier if you didn’t have so much stuff as you went along.  Again, Stuff and Retirement don’t go together. Your STUFF can impede your retirement, and your life!

Hank brought up the Maslow theory, that once you reach a basic level of survival, more stuff has zero effect of being happy.  Petra said that when you get to a certain point, there is nothing to strive for.  It even might impede your happiness.  We all agreed that more stuff actually causes less happiness, not more.

He also said to be proactive, not only with what to do with your money, but also with what to do with your time.  Hank brought up the fact that he cannot podcast 10 hours a day (although they have a great show, check it out).

If you like the Rock Your Retirement show, please tell a friend! That’s the only way we grow, one listener at a time.

Listen to Hank and Petra’s show, Hillbilly Nerd Talk, HERE.

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Corny Jokes Episode: Episode 54

corny jokes

Is the holiday season getting you down? Let us help you through it with our dumb and corny jokes episode!

Les and Kathe tell corny jokes that a 10 year old boy might laugh at (or maybe not).

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Don’t forget to rate and review the show on iTunes! Don’t know how?  Click HERE, and we’ll teach you with a different video!

Next week the show will stop the corny jokes (thank goodness!) and resume to normal programing.

The corny jokes on this episode were taken from “Jokelpedia, The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke book Ever, 2nd edition, compiled by Ilana Weitzman, Eva Blank, Alison Benjamin, and Rosanne Green. Book Copyright by Somerville House 2000, 2006 by Ken Porter and Workman Publishing Co.


Taking care of aging parents: Episode 53

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Iris Waichler

Taking care of aging parents with Iris Waichler

In episode 53 of Rock Your Retirement, our guest was Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW. You can listen to the show by clicking the little arrow button.

Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW has been a well-known patient advocate and licensed clinical social worker for the last 40 years. She has worked with patients and families who have experienced catastrophic illnesses like strokes, cancer, amputations, and head injuries. She also worked with people battling infertility. Ms. Waichler is an author and a Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner. She was also the winner of the (NAPPA) Gold Award for best book of the year, and winner of the finalist award for Foreword Magazine 2007 non-fiction Book of the Year. Her newest book, “Role Reversal, Taking Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents” arrived on bookshelves August 2016.

So many people are taking care of aging parents and still have children of their own living at home. This is the “Sandwich Generation”

Iris was involved of taking care of both of her aging parents. She tells a story about noticing her father was wearing two watches while at a doctor’s visit. This small detail leads to an emergency surgery for a hemorrhage in his brain.

Things to look for when visiting an aging parent or loved one:

  1. Demeanor
  2. Does their personal care seem to be getting worse?
  3. How are they eating?
  4. Condition of their home – Is the house in disarray?
  5. Are they showing any signs of memory loss?
  6. Do you see any physical symptoms or balance issues?
  7. Have there been changes in social behavior?
  8. Do you see changes in emotional status?
  9. Are there scratches and dents in their car?

How to bring up the difficult conversations that go along with taking care of aging parents.

  • Driving and are they safe to continue to drive?
  • Wills
  • Advance directives
  • Wishes upon death
  • Power of attorneys
  • Staying in their own home and whether or not is safe.

Iris also tells us about Geriatric Care managers. They can help with putting a game plan in place if it gets to be too overwhelming.

Iris’s Books: 

Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents
Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate & Inspire

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Life Begins At Seventy: Alan Mindell Episode 52

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Alan Mindell Life Begins at SeventyIn Episode 52 our guest was Alan Mindell, who taught us that life begins at seventy.  Alan Mindell’s novel, The Closer, became a bestseller, including being listed on Amazon as the number one paperback in new sports fiction. His new novel, The B Team, about horse racing, also became Amazon`s number one bestselling paperback in new sports fiction.

For Alan, his speaking topic of “Life Begins at Seventy” certainly fits.

Besides writing novels, he also dances regularly in the San Diego area, and works as a tour guide for Friendly Excursions, the tour company he founded more than forty-five years ago.

One of the things that he has been doing and getting great pleasure from lately is conducting beginning creative writing workshops.  Today he gave us some tips on writing a novel or memoir.

Alan has been writing since his late 20’s. when he turned 60, he decided to take it seriously. He found a publisher and got his first book published. Alan always has a notebook and pencil with him so he can write anywhere he is. His goal is to get people to write. He doesn’t care how they write or what they write. One of his students wrote about a pet turkey which lead me into my story about living on a commune (yes a commune) and my pet sheep.

What are 5 tips to writing a book?

Our Freebie, 5 Tips on Writing That Novel or Memoir You Know You Have in You. Can be found at but here is a brief synopsis of what we talked about.

  1. Don’t Edit. Don’t get stuck. Flow with your ideas. Don’t stop and edit every word that you write.
  2. Decide whether to write in first person or third person. All of Alan’s novels have been written in third person but he enjoys writing in first person
  3. Never be afraid of dialogue. Stay true to the character
  4. You do not have to go in time sequence. You can start in the future and then go back to the beginning. Flashbacks or backstories then you can bring the story to the present
  5. Have fun!

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So what if you can’t join Alan’s writing workshop or you want to find your own? Alan says you can find a lot of workshops in your area online. He said Meetup is also a good way to find these or, form your own! You can find Meetup at
Remember, Life begins at seventy!

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