Mind Your Own Retirement Podcast

Publisher Kaye Fallick and 'Deeksie', TV and radio presenter John Deeks, present our weekly podcast, Mind Your Own Retirement in which we will discuss your retirement income, share handy travel tips and help make everything more affordable for you. So grab a cuppa and have a listen.

Episode 21 - Sunday 17 November 2019

Join John and Janelle for episode 21 of Mind Your Own Retirement, as they chat to money maestro Noel Whittaker, who shares all he knows about, funnily enough, shares. He considers whether it’s too late for you to reap the rewards of investing, explains the 10/30/60 rule, shares versus property investment and the best way to invest your money. No one knows shares like Noel and his suggestions may lead you to rethink your retirement investment strategy.

Find out more about Noel at www.noelwhittaker.com.au or follow him on Facebook

Leon comes in to talk about ageing, and what is considered ‘old age’ in Australia. Are you already ‘old’? Why is Australia so out of whack with the rest of the world in attitudes towards ageing? What can we do to shift these attitudes?

And we talk to one of YourLifeChoices’ favourite travel writers, the ever intrepid and always bubbly Lee Atkinson. If the song I’ve Been Everywhere wasn’t written about Lee, it should have been. She’s just released her 16th book – The Definitive Bucket List – and you could win one of five copies if you tell us, in the comments section below, what would be your ultimate bucket list experience.

Learn more about Lee at www.leeatkinson.com.au or follow her on Facebook.

Finally, Janelle shares you the best way to spend a day in Adelaide and reveals the way you’re wasting money on your washing.

Janelle stayed in Adelaide as a guest of the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide

Episode 20 - Sunday 10 November 2019

In episode 20 of Mind Your Own Retirement, estate planning guru Rod Cunich explains everything you need to know about a power of attorney, including the reasons you should have one and the best way to go about choosing one.

Learn more about Rod Cunich at www.rodcunichlawyer.com or call him on 02 8035 5200

Janelle also joins John and Kaye to talk about her recent short break at Kangaroo Island, travelling with Sealink Kangaroo Island on the ferry from Adelaide. She was up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, sealions, seals – all the animals you could poke a stick at – although we advise you don’t actually poke a stick at them!

Learn more about Sealink Kangaroo Island or call on 13 13 01

And we have our favourite physiotherapist Jason Lee from Malvern East Physiotherapy, who explains the importance of good posture, and shares how to maintain it when sitting and standing – even if you have a chronic back condition. He also talks about his Better Ageing podcast, where you can learn simple ways to help your body remain healthy.

Book an appointment with Jason or call 03 9571 6888

Episode 19 - Sunday 3 November 2019

Rod Cunich joins us for episode 19. You know him as our favourite legal guru. Not only because he answers your questions, but also because he’s brilliant and explains the law in plain English. Today, Rod shares the three essential things you need to know about estate planning.

Learn more about Rod Cunich at www.rodcunichlawyer.com or call him on 02 8035 5200

Steve Perkin has discovered the value of orgasms. That is, the scientific value! Inspired by National Orgasm Day, which some people say is to be celebrated on every day that ends in a “Y”, but is actually celebrated on 18 May, Steve found out the wide-reaching health benefits of regular orgasms and how they can actually extend your life.

You haven’t been cruising until you’ve been small ship cruising. And there’s a fabulous Aussie cruise company that specialises in small ship expedition cruises – Coral Expeditions. Today, Deeksie and Kaye talk to Coral’s commercial director, Jeff Gillies about why the small ship experience is the best way to see Australia.

Learn more about Coral Expeditions at www.coralexpeditions.com or call them on 1800 079 545

Episode 18 - Sunday 27 October 2019

Deeksie and Kaye speak to a Perth grandmother about cord blood gifting – one of the best investments you can make for your family. In today’s podcast, Sheryl explains how you can give a gift for life to your children and grandchildren.

Learn more about Cell Care or call on 1800 071 075

Melinda knows a lot about the Mediterranean. As the business development manager for Globus, she shares her travel secrets and tells you about some wonders in this desirable destination.

Learn more about Globus or call on 1300 926 083

Janelle also joins us and talks about the next big YourLifeChoices survey, which will focus on the government’s retirement income review. So, what would you most like – and need – to be considered in the government’s analysis?

Send us an email and tell us what you'd like included in the submission

Episode 17 - Sunday 20 October 2019

More than two-thirds of YourLifeChoices members receive either a full or part Age Pension. Which means dealing with Centrelink. Which often means frustration. In today’s episode of Mind Your Own Retirement, Centrelink general manager Hank Jongen tells Kaye and Deeksie how customers can avoid frustrating phone wait times and visits. This is advice from the top that you must hear.

Nicholas Morley is on a crusade to ease suffering through the use of medical cannabis oil. He explains the oil it can help and why it is not more widely available. Over-55s who suffer from arthritis, cancer, chronic pain and depression will learn much from this man on a mission.

And Leon recounts his trip through Ontario, talking all things Toronto, and how he saw Niagara Falls from every possible angle, as well as sharing the place where you can find the real Canada.

To contact Hank Jongen, visit his Facebook page.
View an example of a robo-debt letter.

Episode 16 - Sunday 13 October 2019

Deeksie and Kaye chat with Department of Human Services head honcho Hank Jongen (AKA Centrelink general manager) about that ‘robot’ striking fear into the hearts and minds of many age pensioners – robo-debt. But Hank is here to set your minds at ease, and explains why you might receive a letter and what to do if you do receive one.

It’s the perfect time of year to get back into your garden, says Janelle, who gabs about gardening, including what to plant and when and how sharing produce with neighbours can save your hip pocket and can be good for your health, too.

Finally, Kaye’s recent trip to Rome has her gushing about all thing Italian, which you’ll clearly hear as she recounts her meanderings through the marvellous museum that is Rome.

To contact Hank Jongen, visit his Facebook page.
For more information on gardening visit www.yourlifechoices.com.au
View an example of a robo-debt letter.

Episode 15 - Sunday 6 October 2019

Official interest rates have dropped again and that’s not likely to be the end, the Reserve Bank has more than hinted. That’s why Deeksie and Janelle decided to chat with Bendigo Bank’s head of economics and market research for today’s Mind Your Own Retirement podcast. He explains the repercussions for retirees.

YourLifeChoices webmaster Drew knows a lot about tech – as you’d expect. Deeksie reveals that he has been having trouble remembering his dozen or so passwords so puts Drew under the griller to find a solution. Guess what? There is one.

Semi-retirement has opened up the world for YourLifeChoices friend Dairne. In the past two years it’s almost a case of ‘she’s been everywhere man’. Today she shares a journey that you might want to put on your bucket list – a cruise around Cape Horn in South America.

For more information on password managers, visit www.yourlifechoices.com.au.

Episode 14 - Sunday 29 September 2019

Learner drivers have L-plates and provisional drivers have P-plates. Should senior drivers be forced to display S-plates? As we age, our driving skills may diminish, but our experience might make up for any losses in that department. When to hang up the car keys is a hotly debated issue. On Mind Your Own Retirement today, co-hosts Janelle and ‘Deeksie’ talk with motoring writer Paul Murrell about whether S-plates really are a possibility for older drivers.

They also ask author and retirement expert Bruce Manners some pointy questions about life after work and how best to navigate the journey – or not.

And Liv offers some expert tips on how to get the most out of your travel budget, including her views on budget airlines and whether hostel accommodation is suitable for older travellers.

Car advice for people whose age and IQ are both over 50, visit seniordriveraus.com


Episode 13 - Sunday 22 September 2019

A reliable income is critical to a happy retirement and during years of accumulating super, you want to be sure you’re not paying more fees than you need to once you’ve retired. To help you check on your fund, in episode 13 of Mind Your Own Retirement, we talk with Stockspot chief Chris Brycki, who names and shames the funds that charge the highest fees.

Co-hosts John Deeks and Janelle Ward also head north to ask about the health of the Great Barrier Reef and whether it’s still worth visiting considering the much-publicised effects of global warming. Kayce-Rae Lee, from Down Under Cruise and Dive, explains what is happening and how by travelling with these tour operators, you can help them guard one of our most precious national treasures.

We also chat with Leon, who reveals the common medicine responsible for a staggering number of calls to Australian poisons centres – and fatalities –  in the past 10 years. He shares the safeguards you need to protect yourself.

For more information on Down Under Cruise and Dive, visit www.downunderdive.com.au
For more information on Fat Cat Funds Report 2019, visit blog.stockspot.com.au

Episode 12 - Sunday 8 September 2019

More than 440,000 Australians have dementia and that number is rising every year. In Dementia Action Week, episode 12 of YourLifeChoices’ Mind Your Own Retirement podcast talks with Maree McCabe, chief executive of Dementia Australia. She explains the research being done to change society’s attitudes towards people with dementia.

Channel 7’s John Deeks and YourLifeChoices’ editor Janelle Ward also talk with resident Centrelink expert Ben Hocking about why Centrelink may be regularly checking your bank account.

Then we head off to Cairns, where it’s 28°C most days in early spring, to chat with Kim Blain, the marketing manager of the five-star Shangri-La on the Marina. She tells why Cairns is the place to be and why it’s the perfect base to explore far north Queensland.

For more information on Dementia Action Week, visit www.dementia.org.au
Find out more about the Shangri-La Cairns by visiting www.shangri-la.com

Episode 11 - Sunday 1 September 2019

In Mind Your Own Retirement episode 11, we talk to YourLifeChoices’ Centrelink guru Ben, about the three most commonly asked questions he receives about the Age Pension. Today, he talks your through the process of applying for the pension, making claims overseas and how much you’ll get based on your income, assets and residency status.

Next, Deeksie and Kaye chat to Mark Metherell about the national crisis facing the Australian private health insurance industry. Mark explains how it will affect you as well as how you can easily save money on your private health cover.

We also check in with photography expert Alwyn Hansen, whose simple tips will help you capture amazing images, every time and, finally, Kaye explains the one thing you should never wear to the airport.

Alwyns Photo School

Episode 10 - Sunday 25 August 2019 

Q: What concerns you most about your retirement?

A: It could be one of three things, depending on your retirement tribe.

Listen up to today’s Mind Your Own Retirement podcast to learn the answers from the YourLifeChoices-Challenger Ensuring Financial Security in Retirement survey.

New research now suggests that Australians need to rethink their diets. Kaye chats with Heart Foundation dietitian Sian Armstrong about which of your favourite foods you can now indulge in and which you should strike from your weekly menu.

John and Kaye also talk with Webjet Exclusives general manager Brendan Sawyers, who explains how package holidays are so cheap, why they’re becoming increasingly popular for older travellers and where you can find once-in-a-lifetime holidays to bucket-list destinations at an affordable price.

Download a free retirement roadmap to learn more about your retirement income options.
Download the 2019 YourLifeChoices-Challenger Financial Discomfort in Retirement report.

Find out more about The National Heart Foundation of Australia.
Find great deals from Webjet Exclusives from each of the top five bucket-list destinations – 
Canada and Alaska, the Middle East, China, Switzerland, Sri Lanka. 

Episode 9 - Sunday 18 August 2019

We've broken style in this week's Mind Your Own Retirement podcastbut that just means you get to spend a little more time with actor, writer, comedian and quizmeister Brian Nankervis.

You may know Brian as co-host of the ABC's The Friday Revue, or from RocKwiz, Hessie’s Shed, Hey Hey It’s Saturday or as his alter ego, street poet Raymond J. Bartholomeuz. Well, after today, you’ll know a whole lot more about him, as he regales Deeksie and Kaye with heart-warming tales of his childhood to what he’s up to these days and the secret to his seemingly endless well of happiness.

Episode 8 - Sunday 11 August 2019

Older drivers don't like to be told they make mistakes, but seniordriveraus.com motoring writer Paul Murrell says there are some common driving errors most over 55s make and he lists them in episode eight of our Mind Your Own RetirementThe latest figures in the ACCC's Targeting Scams report reveal that in 2018 Australians lost half a billion dollars to scammers. Deeksie and Kaye discuss how to identify a scam and prevent yourself from being fleeced. Leon is back in the country after a week in Fiji. He reveals why this South Pacific haven is a must-visit travel destination, as well as the best way to see parts that would be otherwise inaccessible to most travellers.

Episode 7 - Sunday 4 August 2019

Today’s Mind Your Own Retirement podcast is aims to educate and inform. Kaye and ‘Deeksie’ chat with Challenger’s chairman of retirement income, Jeremy Cooper, who offers his response to our members’ No.1 concern – running out of money, Donna Campbell from Destination Canada explains why you’d travel to Newfoundland and Labrador while Janelle Ward outlines what she learnt from the YourLifeChoices sleep poll.

Episode 6 - Sunday 28 July 2019

Today’s Mind Your Own Retirement podcast is dedicated to sex with episode six appropriately renamed episode sex. Kaye and ‘Deeksie’ discuss the surprising results of YourLifeChoices' sex poll with editor Janelle Ward, learn about Susan's unexpected sexual encounter and receive five tips to improve intimacy from Leon Della Bosca.

Read Susan's story.
Read the full results of the sex poll.

Episode 5 - Sunday 21 July 2019

 In week five of our podcast, Mind Your Own Retirement, Deeksie and Kaye tackle the latest news on deeming rates and then turn to family matters. Tourism Ireland’s vice-consul Rory Conaty explains how to go in search of family links in the Emerald Isle and Steve Perkin tells why his venture into writing family histories is gathering steam.

Episode 4 - Sunday 14 July 2019

In week four of our podcast, Mind Your Own Retirement, Deeksie and Kaye discuss the value of learning a language, voluntary assisted dying, and Leon takes them to Vietnam – sharing tips on the food, the history, the hotspots off the beaten track and … how to cross a road safely.

Episode 3 - Sunday 7 July 2019 

It's week three of our podcast, Mind Your Own Retirement and the start of a new financial year has heralded in a host of changes that might affect your retirement. Kaye and Deeksie help you make sense of the detail. They also bring you up to speed on travel insurance and the intricacies of finding insurance when you have a pre-existing condition – as many older Australians do. And they’re joined today by physiotherapist Jason Lee, who makes a 'moving' plea to older Australians – move it or lose it that is.

Episode 2 - Sunday 30 June 2019

It's week two of our podcast, Mind Your Own Retirement, with Kaye and 'Deeksie'. They reveal what you said were the hottest retirement postcodes and travel editor Leon tells which cruise cabins you should avoid.

Episode 1 - Sunday 23 June 2019

In our first instalment, Kaye bares all to ‘Deeksie’ as they discuss typical retirement income, ways to handle loneliness and why airlines are weighing passengers.


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