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PaulSimone
4/29/2017 10:54 EST

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read our post . My wife and I are less then three years from retirement and looking to live a simple life, on a smaller budget.

We will be a singe pension couple, and now is the time when I realized that it paid to sit at the front of the class, lol. Given today's U.S exchange rate to our Candain dollar , we hope to have about 1000 U.S a month to live on.

We have started our research just lately , and have plenty of time , but we want to do our home work now. The plan is to narrow down from three countries to one before I retire in about just under three years . At present we have three countries on the radar, they are in no order yet, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.


Now I realize that this is not a question that can be easily answered, given all the variables. One issue we have to start is the cost of healthcare. Now I respect and appreciate the feedback by most U.S expats, but for us we get free Heathcare in Canada, so any cost is going to be a shock to us, lol .

One thing that we have not been able to find, is what it is like to grow old in these countries? If one of us pasted away , and as you truly reach your senior years, what are the options for home care, or nursing home and the like !

Which of these choices would be best for affordable realeste, and health insurance and ease of immigration? We would gratefully appreciate any feed back from those in these countries, especially if your are Canadian.

However not limited to Canadains, lol . Any feedback at this point would be of help . Thank you in advance to any who take the time to post , Paul

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CasaColibri
7/7/2017 23:16 EST

You could be pioneers in one of those countries and start a senior co-housing project. (Or you might be lucky enough to find one already established!) I'm trying to start one in Mexico. Idea is to have a large central house shared by all, but separate small cottages. Residents typically share costs and responsibility for maintaining the shared living areas, and managing services, as well as participate democratically in decisions related to the community. This concept provides both the economic and social advantages of shared living, and the privacy of individual space. Residents help out and look after one another. It's a good option for aging-in-place. If you'd like to learn more, I suggest starting with the article "Aging Better Together" by Anne P. Glass. It's a good introduction.

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CasaColibri
7/7/2017 23:16 EST

You could be pioneers in one of those countries and start a senior co-housing project. (Or you might be lucky enough to find one already established!) I'm trying to start one in Mexico. Idea is to have a large central house shared by all, but separate small cottages. Residents typically share costs and responsibility for maintaining the shared living areas, and managing services, as well as participate democratically in decisions related to the community. This concept provides both the economic and social advantages of shared living, and the privacy of individual space. Residents help out and look after one another. It's a good option for aging-in-place. If you'd like to learn more, I suggest starting with the article "Aging Better Together" by Anne P. Glass. It's a good introduction.

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florencewillburn
8/5/2017 02:13 EST

Nice One..

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BenArnold
8/21/2017 01:32 EST

I would recommend Thailand because there are so many people in your situation living in Thailand who would be very helpful and living on every kind of budget imaginable. Thailand is experiencing a crisis right now because of all the ex-pats walking into their hospitals without any money and dying. That's good news for ex-pats because it means that Thailand has hospitals and accepts ex-pats even if they have no money! And so imagine the quality of healthcare if you had money! They do offer amazing insurance for ex-pats because they're the most experienced country in dealing with ex-pats in the entire world and they're not Bangladesh or Venezuela (a poor or dangerous country) if you get my drift. You'll be a $300 flight away from one of the safest and most medically advanced nations in the world (South Korea) that has Tourism Hospitals (Hollywood goes to South Korea for plastic surgery, heart transplants, spinal injuries etc if you get my drift; and not just because it's cheaper!). And about your question concerning if somebody dies... if the woman dies that means the man can now have a wife that's 40+ years younger who will work like a slave and almost for free if you look in the right places for a foreigner worshiping young lady abandoned as a child in the rice fields and who is more beautiful than anybody in Hollywood or Music industry. Yes, I know that's shallow but it's how everybody does it, so I'm sorry. If the man dies... well, have you ever seen those Hawaii commercials for single women who want to travel and they're wearing a beautiful dress waving in the wind and a gorgeous flower in their hair and head tilted back with a smile so big you'd think they'd gone to heaven? So, don't worry about her, if you kick the bucket first. There are plenty of rich single men from all over the world right there in Thailand looking for widows to whom they can give their entire fortune. Anyhow... I'd recommend Asia because when the western world's economy collapses or Russia nukes them and takes over, you'll still have an economy over your head. South America might be fine also. But if the lights go out in N.America most of S.America will instantly migrate to N.America to loot what remains, and India is a major target of China and Pakistan, and so is the Philippines, and all of Japan's neighbors are just waiting for the right moment to pounce and get their revenge for Japan's raping of Nanking (former capital of China) and all of South and North Korea. The only draw back of Asia is that all narcotics no matter how mundane or medicinal, even marijuana will get you put in prison for life or beheaded, not joking. Luckily the police and mafia are usually too busy arresting all the other tourists so will hopefully not have time to plant a bag of something in your luggage and frame you then execute you. I'm just giving fair warning, not to scare anybody, the odds of anything bad happening to you are probably the same as getting struck by lightning. Every been struck by lighting? Bit by a shark? Good news, there are no sharks in Thailand... unless you go on a shark feeding tour which is where all the sharks are and they don't bother humans. They like humans for some reason. Like dogs and cats. However, when somebody vanishes and nobody has any knowledge of what happened the official report will say it was a drowning (all countries including Australia and USA do that) but I'd say there's an 90% chance that it wasn't a shark attack (millions of things can kill in the water; sharks are the rarest to do so although contrary to popular belief there are usually no less than 30 sharks present in the water at every beach around the world but totally harmless just watching or sleeping or breeding etc). Contact me for more information at BenLovesKorea@Yahoo.com

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