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Tuesday 15th October 2019 – Simplifying the complex world of money, with Brian Portnoy

Do you ever feel that there is just too much information and choice today?

Behavioural finance expert Brian Portnoy has found a way to achieve simplicity in our world of information overload and shares his perspective in two fascinating books The Investor’s Paradox and The Geometry of Wealth.

In his books, Brian successfully tackles the challenges of not only making better investment decisions but also how money figures in to a joyful life. And explains how the two tasks – tackling the big questions about a joyful life and tending to financial decisions – are wholly complementary.

In educating thousands of investors over the years as keynote speaker, seminar leader, and consultant, Brian emphasises the practical benefits of understanding the intersection of human psychology, financial markets, and modern capitalism.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – How to plan with intention and retire with purpose, with The Retirement Answer Man

Roger Whitney believes it’s time your present had a little talk with your future.

As an American Certified Financial Planner, he has established a business that helps people plan with intention and retire with purpose.

Known as ‘The Retirement Answer’ Man he hosts a podcast, has authored Rock Retirement – a simple guide to help you take control and be more optimistic about the future and runs the Rock Retirement Club.

Roger joins me to chat about how he does what he does.

Tuesday 29th October 2019 – Sod 70! Shake off the stereotypes and empower yourself, with Professor Sir Muir Gray

Professor Sir Muir Gray has worked in public health for 40 years, focusing on disease prevention (particularly helping people to stop smoking) and population ageing. 

He is a renowned leading Consultant in Public Health in Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust and a professor in the University of Oxford’s department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

Knighted in 2005 for his services to the NHS, he is known as a public health pioneer. In recent years, Sir Muir has gone on to publish a number of lighthearted books including ‘Sod Seventy! The Guide to Living Well’.

He joins me on the podcast to talk about why the word retirement should be banned, ‘Excessive Sitting Syndrome’ and what we can do to dramatically reduce our risk of serious illness as we age.

Tuesday 5th November 2019 – All you need to know about equity release

As you know, the current generation of retirees has benefitted greatly from quite dramatic increases in house prices over the years. This is great news for retirees in general, but for some people, they find that the majority of their wealth is tied up in their property.

For those struggling to afford the retirement they want, or even the retirement they need when it comes to paying for care or other later life costs, equity release can be an appealing option.

Equity release has had a bad press in recent years, but demand is growing with 83,000 people taking out an equity release product in 2018. There are five fold as many equity release solutions available compared to 5 years ago – so is equity release now a viable solution? 

Martin Lines, Business Development Director with Just, one of the leading providers of retirement solutions in the UK, joins me to answer all our questions about equity release.

Tuesday 26th November 2019 – 7 Lessons learnt from interviewing interesting people, Part 1

This week we are celebrating the first anniversary of The Retirement Café Podcast. Believe it or not, we’re on episode 55 and week 52 of the podcast, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look back at the lessons I’ve learnt over that time from some of the fascinating people I’ve interviewed.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I set out on this podcast journey. I knew I would be aiming to talk to lots of people about all aspects of retirement life, and it’s certainly true that I’ve chatted to a diverse group of people. As I look back at all the conversations, a number of themes pop up that are central to many of my conversations.

So, I wanted to take this opportunity – one year on from launch – to share the first 4 of 7 lessons I’ve learnt from chatting with interesting guests.  Part 2 will follow next week.

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.

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.

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?

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

Life lessons from people older and wiser than you

Are you worried about getting old?

Mid thirty-something writer Dominique Afacan was. Old age to her was an unhappy place, mostly filled with loneliness, rocking chairs and possibly some tea and biscuits, if she was lucky.

Together with friend and photographer colleague, Helen Cathcart, Dominique set out to find people over 70 who made old age look more appealing. They interviewed and photographed these inspiring people, which led to the launch of Bolder.

Dominique joins me to chat about why they want to change perceptions about growing older and how they’re going about doing so.


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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