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The 8 Most Disability-Friendly Countries for Vacation

At the time of this writing, with Coronavirus running rampant around the world, many people are not thinking about a vacation. But sooner or later, travel deals will be offered and many will be itching to get back on a plane to see the world. If you have mobility issues but still yearn for some international travel, then take heart. Countries around the world are making efforts to be more inclusive. Take a look at our top picks for disability-friendly countries as vacation destinations. 1. Australia and Sydney For All…

Elder and Long-Term Care Options in Vietnam

Vietnam has been rated as one of the top places to retire in the world. Although there are certain drawbacks to spending your golden years in this history-rich country, there are some definite benefits. Vietnamese Elder Care Overview As is common with many countries outside the United States, most senior citizens in Vietnam live with their families. The dominant philosophy is “Tu dai dong duong,” which means four generations under the same roof. Currently, people over the age of 60 make up about 10 percent of the total population, nearly…

Elder and Long-Term Care for Expats in Spain

Spain is a popular retirement destination for Europeans. In many areas, there are sizable English-speaking destinations, making communication easier. The warm climate means that there is a variety of fruits and vegetables available all year round. This food surplus means that the cost of living is reasonable. In many areas, you can live comfortably on $2,500 a month. Transportation Systems in Spain It’s also easy to get around in Spain. The bus system in large and medium-sized cities is extensive and inexpensive. There are also several ride-sharing options available. There…

Expat Elder and Long-Term Care in Colombia

Want to retire long-term in Colombia and wondering what the elder care situation is like? Colombia is on International Living’s best places to retire list. The country has several fabulous things going for it. The climate is uniformly spring-like nearly year-round. A retirement visa isn’t a huge hassle for most people. Your dollar will go further with the high exchange rate.  WHO ranks its health system higher than both the U.S. and Canada. However, you may want to think again about relocating to Colombia as you age. Quality of Colombia’s…

Portugal Elder Care and Assisted Living Options

Portugal appeals to many when it’s time to think about retirement because of its lower cost of living when compared to other European nations. It has been rated one of the best places to retire in 2020 and ranks above both Canada and the United States when it comes to the quality of healthcare.  Rent, even downtown, is inexpensive comparatively. You can expect to pay about $500 per month. It’s an even better option to buy an apartment. A two-bedroom apartment can be found for $100,00 to $160,00 depending on…

Costa Rica Eldercare and Assisted Living for Expats

Are you an expat or aspiring expat in your senior years thinking about moving to Costa Rica? When planning for your golden years outside the U.S., Costa Rica is a good choice. Those over the age of 65 are given the moniker “ciudadanos de oro” (golden citizens) and are a well-respected segment of Costa Rican society.  The cost of living in many areas in Costa Rica is a fraction of the United States, while the quality of life is high. Budget-conscious ex-pats can live comfortably in Costa Rica for less…

Eldercare and Assisted Living in Mexico for Expats

This is a guest post written by Jolina Flowers, a self-described “Expat Prepper” (What is a prepper?). She lives in Mexico. Wondering about eldercare in Mexico? Many people are. With the cost of medical expenses and nursing homes rising, while pensions and social security benefits dwindle, it’s no wonder that many older adults are considering Mexico for their golden years. Traditionally reliant on families for eldercare, Mexico has begun transitioning away from home care in many areas to accommodate the influx of expats. Senior Living Care Options in Mexico The choices…

Protecting Older Adults from Coronavirus Covid-19

The coronavirus outbreak is all over the news and there are no signs the outbreak is letting up anytime soon. Just the opposite, actually. All indications are it’s just getting started. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that our seniors, older adults, are in the highest risk category along with people who have underlying conditions (heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease). Older adults with underlying health conditions are particularly at-risk if they contract Covid-19. There is no guaranteed approach to staying safe from the virus, but there are…

Panama Eldercare and Senior Care for Expats

Panama eldercare and senior care is a topic that might cross the mind of retirees looking to become expats in popular places like Boquete, Panama or other spots in this retirement-friendly country. According to one source, between 20,000 and 30,000 Americans and Canadians live in Panama. If you’re hoping to be one of them, you might be wondering about eldercare should you need it, whether for yourself or any loved ones going with you. Related article: Eldercare and Assisted Living in Mexico for Expats It’s one thing to retiree abroad, and…

Senior Loneliness Helplines to Combat Isolation

Senior loneliness helplines in the United States seem to be non-existent, but there are alternative helplines that can help. Senior Loneliness is a Problem According to the Administration on Aging’s 2017 Profile of Older Americans, around 28 percent of older adults in the United States, or 13.8 million people, live alone. Remember, loneliness and isolation are two different things. One person can be surrounded by others and feel lonely, while another could be physically isolated and not feel lonely at all. Loneliness and isolation are often linked, however. Heath Effects…

Why More Seniors are Going Back to School

It seems that these days, entering retirement is no longer just about kicking back and pursuing leisurely activities. More and more seniors are finding reasons to go back to school and pursue higher education. Experts point out several reasons why this trend is currently spreading across America. In her Forbes article, Laurie Quinn cites the need for seniors who are still in the workforce to stay competitive. Rather than allowing their skill set to become outdated, or being replaced by younger talent, one way for seniors to remain relevant is by going…

Career Paths to Jobs in Aging Services Beyond Nursing

When people aspire to work with seniors, they often default to thinking job options are largely limited to nursing care. While I’m sure the vast majority of jobs in this wide and growing sector are centered around nursing-type services, there is a whole world of other options to getting work in aging services. For my part, the path was never even intentional. I’d graduated from college with a BA in English. From that, desperate to find a “real” job, I applied for work as a social worker at a nursing…