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Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – 7 Lessons learnt from interviewing interesting people, Part 2

If you listened to last week’s episode you’ll know that I shared some of the lessons I’ve learnt from interviewing interesting guests over the past 12 months since the podcast was launched.

This week I plan to share a further 4 lessons, in celebration of the first anniversary of The Retirement Café Podcast. Last week’s lessons included:

  • Everyone has a story
  • Retirement as we know it is dead … and
  • It’s never too late to do something important to you

You can listen to that episode here.

Tuesday 10th December 2019 – Being #AgeProud and Ageing Better

We are living longer than ever before but millions of us risk missing out on a good later life.

The Centre for Ageing Better is focused on bringing about lasting changes in society that make a difference to people’s experience of later life, now and in the future. This means more people in fulfilling work, in good health, living in safe, accessible homes and connected communities.

Louise Ansari is passionate about using communications to help improve lives.

With a background in leading communications and campaigns for various health and social policy organisations – such as Diabetes UK, Which? Magazine and the Food Standards Agency – Louise is well placed to lead the Centre for Ageing Better help more people live better in later life.

Louise joins me to chat about the charity’s mission, the #AgeProud campaign and her new book ‘When We’re 64: Your Guide to a Great Later Life’.

Tuesday 17th December 2019 – Understanding your workplace pension

Rian is our Trainee Financial Planner here at MFP Wealth Management and is currently working his way through a series of exams to achieve his Level 4 Diploma. The diploma will enable Rian to become a qualified financial adviser within a couple of years.  

He has been studying hard and has recently passed one of the toughest exams all about pensions, so he joins Justin to explain what he’s learnt about the different kinds of pension.

Rian and Justin cover a summary of defined contribution, defined benefit and other workplace pensions, what you should know or find out about your existing pensions and what you need to consider to ensure you have sufficient provisions when you reach your retirement.  

They aim to make the highly complex world of pensions easier to understand.

Tuesday 24th December 2019 – Successful wealth transfer – avoiding shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations

You’ve probably heard of the old adage ‘from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations’, but is it really true?

Research in the USA* suggests that inherited wealth rarely endures. By the second generation, it found, 70 per cent of family fortunes had been depleted. By the third generation, the figure was 90 per cent. 

60% of unsuccessful wealth transfers result from a lack of trust and communication among family members, which led to the creation of the Institute for Preparing Heirs.

Lisa Snyder is Managing Partner & Chief Learning Officer for the Institute, which helps financial advisers help guide conversations with their wealthy clients about wealth, legacy and purpose to align the entire family for a successful wealth transfer. 

She joins me to chat about how to manage the transfer of wealth successfully.


*The Williams Group looked at 2,500 families over a few decades.

Tuesday 31st December 2019 – How to make New Year’s Resolutions stick

It’s New Year’s Eve – the final day of 2019, so what better topic to discuss than ‘How to Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet’. 

 In fact, that’s the theme of the next two episodes. 

 As is tradition with the arrival of another new year, you may well be getting ready to set some new year’s resolutions. Things that you’d like to change in your life or new habits you’d like to create. 

 It’s not something that I’ve ever really done, but I know my wife, Kathy, used to set resolutions each year. Kathy joins me on the podcast to chat about why I don’t believe new year’s resolutions are very effective and how lasting change can be brought about.

We cover setting goals, the difference between strategies and goals, why we need to talk to our 85-year old self, and why it’s important not to wait until the New Year to make the changes we want to see in our lives.

Tuesday 7th January 2020 – Must read books for 2020

There are many ways to make ‘2020 Your Best Year Yet’.

As discussed in the first episode in this series, one of those ways is to consider your most important priorities and make sure you spend time doing the things of most importance to you. 

Another way is to continue to learn. And what better way than to learn from those who know more than us!

This week, Justin will discuss the books he highly recommends you read in 2020. 

We will also be announcing some exciting news about the podcast, so be sure to tune in.

Tuesday 21st January 2020 – Helping over 50s find age friendly employers, with Stuart Lewis

Nearly 80% of the growth in UK employment over the last decade has come from the over 50s*.

A staggering fact, and one made even more impactful if you consider that the ONS expects the number of over 50s to increase by nearly 10% over the next 10 years, an additional 2.7 million individuals.

To simply maintain current rates of employment, that requires us to prepare society and the workplace for millions more older workers being gainfully employed. But are we prepared and willing to do so?

This episode is the first in our series on Working into Retirement.

Stuart Lewis is on a mission to address this challenge and founded Rest Less in December 2018 to do just that. Rest Less aims to help solve employers’ recruitment challenges by providing access to a motivated and rapidly growing talent pool, whilst also promoting thousands of jobs from employers who see the value of age diversity in the workplace to the over 50s.

*ONS figures

Tuesday 28th January 2020 – Getting a second bite of the cherry, with Tim Drake

This episode is the second in our series on Working into Retirement.

Tim relaunched his career in his 50s when he lost everything to the recession. Now in his mid 70s, Tim has co-founded and run businesses, think tanks and charities.  

He believes that many people feel that they have unrealised potential and that they’re looking at ways to release it. He has published a number of books including ‘Generation Cherry – Powerful Strategies to Give You Another Bite of the Cherry’.

Tim chats about different ways to work into retirement and the benefits that can bring.

Tim also features on the Bolder website of Dominique Afacan who appeared in episode 053 of the podcast. Tim joins me to chat about the role of continuing to work into retirement and later life.

Luxury retirement village life, with Nick Sanderson of Audley Group

Over 20 years ago, Nick had a vision for the future of housing for later life. He envisioned a retirement village that offered the facilities of a spa hotel but with care on hand, as and when needed.

Nick Sanderson is now CEO of Audley Group, the company that reinvented the retirement property market; challenged the care home model and introduced the concept of luxury retirement villages for the over 55s.

They provide a range of luxury retirement villages, each with a health club, library and restaurant. Nick discusses why the demand of these villages is growing and the role they can play in solving the housing crisis in the UK.

Travelling solo in retirement, with Janice Waugh

Have you ever considered travelling solo? Maybe you’re a dab hand at it and have been travelling alone for many years. Or maybe you’re just considering taking your first trip.

It can feel daunting to take that first trip alone. Well help is on hand from Janice Waugh. Janice lives in Toronto and she is the go-to authority on the topic of solo travel.

In 2009 she founded Solo Traveler a website she conceived of based upon her own need for better information about travelling alone and she’s here to tell us more about it.

She joins me to share her advice on what to consider when travelling solo, what to expect and steps you can take to depart with confidence.

End of Life Doulas helping you & your family feel safe

Why do we prepare so well for birth, yet give so little attention to preparing for death?

Judy Kauffmann believes we should. She is passionate about caring for people during their end of life journey and empathising with those left behind, and her training and writings reflect this ethos.  

Judy is an award-winning author of two books on end of life management and bereavement. She not only trains people to achieve the highest level of non medical care, but also empowers carers, helping take the fear out of end of life.

She is also currently training to be an End of Life Doula, someone who walks alongside the individual, their family and their community as an informed companion at the end of their life.

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