RETIRENOTES.com is about a whole-of-life approach to retirement. I’m Bruce Manners and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I knew little about preparing for retirement when, in my early 60s, I was asked to write the book, Retirement Ready?. I began thinking all I needed was enough money. Doing the research and talking to those in the industry I discovered that, for me to retire well, I needed to take a much broader approach. We all do.
The creation of RETIRENOTES.com is an attempt to not only share some of what I discovered (Retirement Ready? covers most of that, of course), but to also keep up with the latest research, expert opinion and helpful advice. I know you will appreciate the regular guest posts (see below). Those involved bring their own expertise and experience to the site.
I retired at the end of 2014, having worked as a professional fisherman; a church pastor; and a magazine editor. Academically, I have a PhD (sociology). My main focus now is on living life at a less hectic pace while doing some writing and research.
Owen and Jill Weeks
Owen is the Executive Director of Lifestyle Matters and has spent more than 30 years providing advice to retirees and people planning their retirement. He is an honorary fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), a fellow of the National Institute of Accountants, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and among his many qualifications holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University.
Jill is also a Director of Lifestyle Matters. She has been an author and educator for 20 years. She holds an Arts Degree with a major in psychology, along with a Diploma in Financial Planning, a Diploma of Teaching and several other related qualifications. She has written about retirement subjects for many years.
Sue Radd is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (a credential awarded to less than 2 per cent of dietitians in Australia) and one of Australia’s leading nutritionists and health communicators. She is frequently sought out for comment by the media and has conducted hundreds of print, radio, and TV interviews during her career.
Sue is Director of the Nutrition and Wellbeing Clinic in Castle Hill and has consulted widely to the food and pharmaceutical industries in product development, communications, and nutrition policy in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, researching the effects of the Mediterranean diet on thinking and memory to reduce the risk of dementia.
Sue co-authored the internationally published Eat to Live, which has been translated into the Korean and French languages. She was awarded Winner of ‘Best Nutrition Writing’ at the Vittoria Australian Food Media Awards for The Breakfast Book, a wake-up guide to the most important meal of the day. Her most recent work, Food as Medicine: Eating for Your Best Health, received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Health and Nutrition Book in the world.
Christine Hopper is the Director of Financial Care Services, an independent financial advisor.
Financial Care Services is focused on mature people considering a change of lifestyle including retirement and particularly new living arrangements in: retirement lifestyle community villages; granny flats; supported or assisted living; and Commonwealth regulated aged care.
Christine talks to Centrelink as a customer receiving a Carers Allowance and on behalf of clients. She understands the range of Department of Veteran Affairs and Centrelink income support benefits, their relevant means tests and eligibility conditions. She’s an actuary who also holds a Bachelor of Science, a Diploma of Financial Planning and a Certificate of Theology.