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Prime Times

SUMMARIES OF 9 RADIO TALKS based on the book

PRIME TIME – Enjoy your life after 50

by Johannes Jordaan MSc

FREE summaries DONATED BY U3A AS A FREE GIFT to our members are enclosed below. These talks are available in English or Afrikaans according to readers’ preference. Please let us know.

The above book is also available in Afrikaans or English at a subsidised price for U3A members - Please contact for details. Two free publications are included in the package, namely:

(a) a FREE copy of an useful Estate Planning booklet with templates and check lists of documents necessary for your executor, and
(b) a FREE course on How to enjoy WELLNESS in your life.

Titles of the 9 talks

  1. The right (late) life partner for the rest of your life
  2. Adjustments to changing events in your life
  3. The preservation of your health
  4. Psychological problems such as depression, which may taunt you, especially while you are growing older.
  5. The dangers of falling into a debt trap and how to run a family budget to prevent it
  6. Choosing a suitable place to live
  7. Your safety and security
  8. The risks of lending money (or signing surety) for family and friends
  9. How to apply your free time sensibly.

Introduction and Background

Johannes Jordaan MSc, is the author and presenter of 9 Radio Talks (summaries below). He also wrote the book PRIME TIME – Enjoy your life after 50. He is now semi-retired, but during his heyday he was an experienced retirement-, lifestyle-, estate- and financial planner. He shares his knowledge and experience in the book. He lives in the Strand, Western Cape and currently spends his time writing about various aspects of retirement and ageing.

He believes that it is never too late to plan and to make adjustments that would improve people’s Health, Wealth and Happiness.

He provides useful information, and education to people about retirement- and lifestyle planning and how to side-step pitfalls. This helps people to live a preventative lifestyle and to plan timeously for, as well as during their Prime Time period (i.e. their retirement). To keep perceptions positive, he refers to retirement as people’s Prime Time

2. How to adjust gracefully to changing events in your life

Sooner or later all of us will have to adjust to changing circumstances in our lives. Possibly the greatest changes occur when we retire.

In adjusting to retirement, remember that it means an end to many aspects of your former life, such as being held in high regard by colleagues and their social and emotional support, as well as your monthly income.
Friends can move away or die, and suddenly you have a lot of spare time on your hands.

Keep in mind that forewarned is forearmed. If you know what is waiting for you, you can prepare for it in good time, making adjustment easier.

Bear in mind that regret is one of the worst psychological phenomena you can ever engage in and an enormous time waster. So it is better to leave the past behind and live your life adjusting gracefully to changing circumstances.

Don’t neglect your friendships – they are going to play a major role in your future life.

Remember also to:

  • Preserve your health, especially as you get older.
  • Lower your stress levels.
  • Preserve your mental health too by managing your mind – for instance, don’t think any negative thoughts.
  • Make sure that you have enough hobbies and ways to spend your free time sensibly.

You should also make sure that you have your life-goals in place. These are described in Chapter 2 of the Prime Time book by Johannes Jordaan.

The above talk by Johannes Jordaan was based on his book PRIME TIME – Enjoy your life after 50. Contact him on for info on the book plus the 2 free publications going along with it.