Navigation Links
Retirees in Mexico cut off, study says
Date:6/2/2010

Montreal, Quebec June 2, 2010 Baby boomers retiring in Mexico may find it's cheaper to live there than in Canada or the U.S., however, a study suggests retirees are often isolated both from their families back home and from the mainstream of Mexican life.

The study, by Jesse O'Brien of the University of Calgary, will be presented at the 2010 Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences taking place at Montreal's Concordia University. O'Brien's study looked at how Canadian and American retirees in a small, unnamed town in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula have adapted to life as expatriates.

"It's an extremely important topic as baby boomers come of retirement age," says O'Brien, adding that many people will want to retire somewhere warm and cheap. He adds that living abroad will become especially attractive if the value of people's pension plans drops. "Moving to a cheaper place like Mexico is going to become a viable option for some people," he says.

But moving to a new country even if it's an inexpensive tropical paradise is never easy, and O'Brien says people go through several phases as they adapt to their new life. They start out, he says, by thinking they're going to be living like kings in paradise; eventuality, reality sets in.

For most expatriates, reality is that they end up living in a pleasant but isolated enclave.

O'Brien says the expats in the community he studied had essentially recreated a North American lifestyle in one small corner of the Yucatan. "They are living exactly the same life they'd live at home, but in a different location," he says. Most "absolutely love" the life, but his study showed some problems.

The first, he says, is that the expat community is negatively affecting the local population "even though they don't notice it themselves." For example, he said the expats often make no attempt to learn Spanish, and expect to be dealt with in English. And their relationships with the locals are based on service, not friendship. As a result, says O'Brien, the expats' relationship to the locals is often condescending.

He also explains that expats have surprisingly little contact with their families back home. "It's kind of shocking," he says, adding that most people he talked to report that missing family members is the most difficult part of living abroad. Part of that may be due the fact that the community he studied was not on the tourist circuit, and therefore not as easy to get to as some of the cities or resorts.

On the plus side, O'Brien says the fact of living in an enclave and being cut off from family results in the creation of unusually strong community ties. People who wouldn't normally meet back home are thrown together, and because of the circumstances, friendships develop.

O'Brien notes the case, for example, of a burly former biker who became best of friends with an elderly gay man who had moved to Mexico to start a bed and breakfast. The fact of being North Americans together in Mexico often trumps other differences, he says.


'/>"/>

Contact: Ryan Saxby Hill
rsaxbyhill@fedcan.ca
613-894-7635
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. RetiringbyDesign.com Offers Retirees a Smarter Way to Explore Living Options
2. Leading New Mexico Resort Spa At Hyatt Regency Tamaya Ranked Among The Country's Best By Conde Nast Traveler
3. Convenience drives US women to buy over-the-counter contraception in Mexico, study finds
4. Arsa Offers High Quality Supplements, Cosmetics and Magic Scents from Mexico for Less Than $10
5. ShelterBox Aid en route to Mexico Following Earthquake
6. AssistCare Mexico Provides 24/7 Peace of Mind and Safety to Vacationers and Business Executives Traveling to Mexico
7. Avocados from Mexico Encourages Parents to Model Good Eating Habits
8. New, National Amnesty International Report Finds Appalling U.S. Death Rate for Women Having Babies, Systemic Failures and Shocking Disparities in Maternal Health Care System; New Mexico is 49th Among All States in Maternal Mortality
9. New Mexico Cigarette Tax Increase Delivers Victory for Kids and Taxpayers, But Increase Needs to Be Permanent
10. Just in Time for Spring Break 2010, AssistCare Mexico Launches Concierge-style Health and Security Services for Travelers to Mexico
11. Just in Time for Spring Break 2010, AssistCard Mexico Launches Concierge-style Health and Security Services for Travelers to Mexico
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Spain’s popular line of health ... coming soon to RonnieColemanNutrition.com. , ACPG Laboratories has been in business for ... brand reliant on the healing properties of plants, a proven science known as ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... , ... For decades doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers have been trained ... and calculating their cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in the next 10 years. , ... today: an estimated 10-year risk prediction! , Imagine if the weatherman says there is ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... Reno, Nev. (PRWEB) , ... September 19, 2017 ... ... 20 students across the country with the Davidson Fellows Scholarship on September 27 ... awards for projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature and Music. , “I ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Emergency nursing expertise, ... Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) certification according to a large-scale study announced today ... study, conducted by the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) in late 2016 and ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Food Proteins ... , expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 9.1% over the next ... Protein Trends & Growth Opportunities in Asia’ – highlighting alternative proteins, sustainable food ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/7/2017)... Caris Life Sciences, a leading innovator ... of precision medicine, today announced results from two ... molecular profiling approach in guiding therapeutic strategies in ... (CGP+) with Caris Molecular Intelligence ® to ... level, leading to more therapeutic options and improved ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... WARSAW, Ind. , Sept. 7, 2017  Zimmer ... leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that it will ... Annual Global Healthcare Conference at the Grand Hyatt hotel ... September 11, 2017 at 11:40 a.m. Eastern Time. ... accessed via Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website at ...
(Date:9/6/2017)... , Sept. 6, 2017  Robert G. Szewc, ... Pinnacle Professional Member in recognition of his contributions to ... serves as a Nephrologist at the practice of Kidney ... medicine, kidney care and hypertension solutions. He has worked ... years of career experience, as well as expertise in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: