Laughing with Parkinson’s Episode 26

We all heard that Laughing is the best medicine. Vikki is with us today to teach us how we can laugh away our problems. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/laughing-with-parkinsons-episode-26

Vikki Claflin on laughing with Parkinson'sVikki is an international best-selling author, humor blogger, and inspirational public speaker.

She wrote the book, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll with It – Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s“.  Since my father has Parkinson’s Disease, I had to get her on the show!  She did not disappoint!  We talked about her book, her life, and our ailments, including my dystonia.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll with It- Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s:

A few weeks after her first book, “Shake, Rattle, & Roll With It, Living & Laughing with Parkinson’s”’ came out, she received an email from a woman who said, “My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s ten years ago. Since then, no one in the house has ever been allowed to talk about it, or even mention the word ‘Parkinson’s.” This created a lot of stress for the family as we all tried to pretend she wasn’t shaking or stumbling. Any reference to her condition was immediately shut down. I bought her your book and set it on her nightstand. She read the whole thing in one sitting that night. The next morning, she came down for breakfast and began talking about her Parkinson’s like it was the weather. She now talks about it and even laughs about it easily. The elephant in the room is gone. Thank you, thank you. Thank you.”

We wanted to bring Vikki’s award-winning humor to our audience, considering that many of us have parents and loved once with Parkinson’s Disease (including myself).  I wanted to find out how she is laughing with Parkinson’s, and she sure let us know! After all, her name has “laugh” in it!

Vikki gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to have the disease, and how anyone can kick their troubles in the butt by continuing to laugh, regardless of your circumstances.

Vikki lives in Hood River, OR, where she writes the award-winning humor blog Laugh Lines: Humorous thoughts and advice on how to live young when you’re… well… not, where she doles out irreverent advice on marriage, offers humorous how-to lists galore, and shares her most embarrassing midlife moments. She talks about mastering midlife with a little common sense and a lot of laughter.

She has been featured on the Michael J. Fox Foundation website, Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Generation Fabulous, Midlife Boulevard, Better After 50, and Funny Times Magazine. She also received a BlogHer14 “Voices of the Year” Humor award. Vikki’s first book, Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living & Laughing with Parkinson’s chronicles her hilarious, and sometimes poignant journey, about living with Parkinson’s disease. Her newly released book, Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch? Middle Age, Modern Marriage & Other Complications is available now on Amazon.com. You can find more of Vikki’s writing at http://laugh-lines.net

Vikki’s Books:

Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living & Laughing with Parkinson’s Chronicles

Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch?: Middle Age Modern Marriage & Other Complications

Something people should know before they retire:  Kathy Kinney, who played Mimi in The Drew Carey Show, says in her new book, “You don’t have to be 21 to have your whole life ahead of you.” Vikki loves this!

How to get “unstuck” in your retirement: Learn to laugh at yourself. You’ll never run out of material.

Contact information: Website http://laugh-lines.net  (the hyphen is really important)

Helping seniors stay safely in their homes: Ep 24

Jonna is with us today to talk about helping seniors stay safely in their homes. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/helping-seniors-stay-safely-in-their-homes-ep-24

Jonna is Helping seniors stay safely in their homesHelping Seniors Stay Safely in their Homes:

Jonna Overson is the founder of Green Tree Homecare. She discovered her passion for helping seniors stay safely in their homes several years ago. She worked to develop a strong understanding of the home care environment and resources available to clients and their families. She takes an educational approach to home care advisement and loves giving clients the tools that they need to create a home care plan that is best for them.

Jonna considers the day a success when they can help a family feel secure that their loved one is comfortable and cared for in the security of their own home.   She helps seniors stay safely in their homes.  Their own homes.  Often retirees are torn between their own retirement needs and the needs of their parents.

We discuss Enduring Care, which offers reduced rates for people on a fixed income.

We also discuss the full range of services Green Tree Home Care can provide. These can range from having someone for just a few hours a day to shop with groceries or just provide companionship all the way to or full-time care for your loved one.  These services deal with helping seniors stay safely in their own hones.

One thing I found most interesting is that they provide specific activities to improve or sustain memory.  Not all home care agencies do this.  Jonna also discusses the difference between using a licensed agency and hiring an independent home care giver and what you need to look out for.

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

Smart planning and dialogue early with family members regarding your long-term care as you age.

We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment.  If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

Find something that interests you and get involved. Find ways to help your community.

Contact information for Jonna Overson: www.Greentreehc.com  Phone: 858-231-7676

Veterans Benefits for Memorial Day Ep. 23

What are the benefits of a Veteran? Tony Bevin educates us about this in today’s podcast episode. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/veterans-benefits-for-memorial-day-ep-23

Memorial Day Special on Veterans Benefits:

Tony Bevins helps Veterans with Long Term Care BenefitsTony Bevin joined us for our Memorial Day Episode to teach people what benefits veterans can get.  Many people are not aware of the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension Plan.

He helps veterans understand how to obtain long-term care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Most veterans are not aware of the benefits available through these programs. Tony has specialized in benefits and planning for families, spouses, and heirs for over 15 years. His knowledge, experience, and depth of understanding of the process and paperwork required is exceptional.  He says that he enjoys the environment and working with the elderly.

He helps take the burden off Baby Boomer children by helping to determine the resources available for their parent’s situation.  Tony gives great information on how to qualify for Veteran’s Aid and Attendance, along with California’s state Medi-Cal program to help pay for Long Term Care.  Sometimes it’s better to go for Medi-Cal benefits, and sometimes it’s better to go for Veteran’s benefits.  Tony can assist your parents with either, since he’s been working with both programs for a very long time.

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

Most people think because they have a trust they are covered, but they are often wrong because the language in the trust does not meet the requirements needed to obtain benefits.

We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment.  If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

Be sure to pre-plan for long-term care needs so you aren’t caught off guard.

Tony’s Contact Information:   Phone: 858-673-8448 Email: [email protected]  Website:  http://www.vabenefitsonline.com

The Senior Real Estate Specialist: Episode 20

What’s a Senior Real Estate Specialist? Patti Phillips talks about being a Senior Real Estate Specialist. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/the-senior-real-estate-specialist

What does a Senior Real Estate Specialist do?

Patti PhillipsSenior Real Estate Specialist never thought she would become a Senior Real Estate Specialist.   When Patti was younger, she always thought she would be a mom and a housewife.  That didn’t work out the way she planned, and she decided to become a real estate agent in the year 2000. She was one of the first agents in San Diego to obtain the Senior Real Estate Specialist Designation. She prides herself in taking care of seniors in what can be an overwhelming and complicated process.

It’s a different process to work mainly with seniors than Millennials because seniors typically want a face-to-face process.

Seniors don’t necessarily go online and look at the house before they go to see it.  They want a more personalized approach.  That’s where a Senior Real Estate Specialist can come in.

Its also different when helping a senior sell a home that they’ve been living in for 40 years.  Selling a home after living in it for so long can be a difficult and emotional decision. Many of her clients are widows who have never had to sign documents alone.

Patti Phillips is very involved in the senior community. Not only does she specialize in working with seniors in her business, but every month she brings people who work with seniors together in her networking group called Serving Seniors Networking Breakfast.

And if she wasn’t busy enough, she is also a standup comedian and president of the Encinitas Kiwanis Club.


A Senior Real Estate Specialist, such as Patti helps many families by helping their parents sell their homes when they live out of state.   She lives in an upscale senior mobile home park and does a lot of business in her own park.  She says that she markets these mobile homes the same way she would a two million dollar home.   This helps bring in more money for the family when the senior can no longer live alone (or no longer wants to live alone), and move into an independent or assisted living facility.

She becomes friends with many of her clients, especially when they move into her community, especially since many senior communities also have lots of events that people can participate in, and being social is one of the things that can help keep you healthy.


Patti is not only a Senior Real Estate Specialist, but she is also a comedienne.  That’s adventurous in itself!


Patti volunteers at the Encinitas Kiwanis Club.   She’s very involved in her community.  When she retires, she’ll be ready to Rock her own Retirement with all the outside activities she’s doing.


Think about your parents.  Are they living in the home that they can stay in?   Are there stairs that they will need to climb?  Can they “age in place” in their current home?  Do they want to plan ahead or do they want to wait until their is a crisis that forces them to leave?

Patti’s Advice to Pre-Retirees: Be passionate about something.  She sees 83- and 84-year-old people that are still dancing.  When you are passionate about something, you are more fit.  It can be anything golf, volunteering, or anything that you are passionate about.

Patti’s Contact information:

Phone: 800-680-9133

[email protected]

If you would like to learn more about the Greater Encinitas Kiwanis club, you may go to


Senior Real Estate Specialist

The Gift of Grief: Episode 18

Death of a friend or a loved one of the toughest things we have to face in the future. Samantha Betten is our guest in today’s episode to talk about the gift of grief. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/the-gift-of-grief

The Gift of Grief

The Gift of Grief

You can give a gift to your family, the gift of grief.  We cannot escape death but we can embrace the process. Samantha Betten helps people give one of the greatest gifts they can give to their family, the gift of grief, or pre-planned funerals.

When someone has pre-planned their funeral, they give the gift of grief to their family members. If the funeral is not pre-planned, then instead of being able to grieve, someone has to make all the arrangements and not everyone is able to do.


Her motto is as follows:

  • Protecting the people you love, the businesses you build, and the causes you care about.
  • When life hits those lows, use that opportunity to convert sadness into strength.

At speaking engagements her goals are to: “Rock the talks, engage the audience, speak with a purpose, and make a wonderful warm impression even if it’s not a happy, palatable topic”.
Taking care of families and helping folks in difficult times takes integrity, ethics, and trust.
She has over 20 years’ experience in community outreach, marketing, insurance and finance.
Her specialties are: Community Outreach, Pre-planning: Life and Death, and a Licensed Funeral Director. She also speaks both English and Spanish.


Samantha has been helping people with their life choices since 1988. It all began with life insurance choices and progressed into end of life full circle options.

Samantha’s father was her first influence to catapult her into this path.  She helps families with the passing of their loved ones in large part, because of her experience with her father.  It paralyzed her family with grief and so she had to do all the planning.  She wasn’t allowed to grieve on her own because she had to be the strong one for her mother and the rest of her family.  She knows that family ties are key.  She also assists the family of veterans to help get them the resources they need.

Samantha helps people plan the funerals that they want based on their own religious convictions, if any. She has also helped with funerals where there was more than one faith involved.

It’s usually one person in the family that has to take charge of the funeral.   Many times they have to do this while they are grieving.  It’s a gift to do some pre-planning so that your family can focus on comforting each other instead of trying to make arrangements.  You are giving the gift of grief.

Something people should know before they retire:

Most people plan their retirement, their money, long term care, their housing but they don’t plan for the inevitable. They need to plan their funeral the way that they want it.

How to get “unstuck” in your retirement:

Successful retirement to me is when your dreams and plans come together and your worries minimize.  Retirement should be a wonderful time when cares and worried are minimized. Do whatever you can do so that you have minimum worries so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.

Contact information:

Phone: 619-913-3834 or 619-280-0101

Email: [email protected]

Website:  http://sandiegofuneralservice.com

The Best Gift to your Grandchild: Ep 14

Thinking about the best gift to your grandchild? Enjoy today’s podcast episode as Mira Simon gives an advice on what’s the best gift you can give to your grandchild/ren. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/the-best-gift-to-your-grandchild-ever-episode-14

Mira can help you give the best gift to your grandchild ever

The Best Gift to your Grandchild

Mira Simon can help you give the best gift to your grandchild EVER.

She is a professionally trained coach from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), and an independent educational consultant who specializes in helping High School Students to go through the college planning, preparation and application process without overwhelm, so that they feel excited and confident that they have what they need to choose a college that is best for them.  How is her service the best gift to your grandchild?  Mira’s coach training provides the unique foundation that helps students to explore their talents, strengths and passions, discover their purpose and use that to develop their vision for the future so that they can design the path that helps them to find their college, IN college and throughout their life.

When she first started working as a coach, she worked with pre-retirees.  These were adults, who weren’t ready to retire yet and were looking for the next chapter in their careers. She noticed a lot of them had unfulfilled goals or dreams from their college. Let’s face it, how many of us really knew what we wanted to do in college?


  • Mira answers the question: What is a Pre-Retirement Coach and how one can help you?
  • How you can give the Best Gift to your Grandchild ever by helping them create their college plan
  • How college coaching can help high school students go through the college planning, preparation and application process without overwhelm.  Again, how this is the best gift to your grandchild-Ever!
  • How Mira helps your grandchildren explore their passions and discover the colleges that would be best for them.

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

Understanding what it is that you would love to have your retirement look like. Enter your retirement with a goal, a plan, and an intention.

If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

Have a passion scavenger hunt!

Contact information:

[email protected]



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