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Crowned one of the top retirement destinations by U.S News and World Report, and AARP, Nicaragua is Central America’s best-kept secret for baby boomer expats.
This tropical paradise has evolved into one of the safest countries in Central America with a reputation for its display of breathtaking scenery, incredible weather, and rich cultural traditions. Retirees looking to spend their golden years watching the sun set over the horizon, explore untouched, rugged terrain, and enjoy a low cost of living will find Nicaragua to be an idyllic setting.
One might think moving to an exotic, oceanfront destination is far fetched, especially living on retirement income, but according to International Living, boomers, and retirees can live comfortably for a fraction of what they would pay in the states. Nicaragua is known for affordable home options, low property taxes, and quality healthcare with an attractive retirement incentive for prospective expats. Their Pensionada Program is available to folks as young as 45, and offers a five-year residency permit, requires a minimum income of $600, and does not impose taxes on foreign income. As an additional bonus, residents can bring their vehicles over with no import tax.
“Health Isn’t a Goal, It’s a Way of Life.” Health markets are a mecca for colorful produce, probiotic beverages, and a steady stream of baby boomer clientele. This generation has grown up on grandma’s chicken soup, and bathtubs filled with ice to remedy everything from the common cold to measles, so it’s no surprise many of these health-savvy folks are choosing a holistic approach to what ails them. According to a CNN article, close to a third of Americans seek alternatives to traditional medicine with many 55+ communities getting on board with on-site yoga studios, farm to table offerings, and massage services.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health showed an increase in the use of alternative supplements like Omega 3 fish oil, and more older adults are looking to herbal remedies to treat a variety of conditions from arthritis, to insomnia. Even more promising, many insurance plans not only cover complimentary medicine such as a naturopath, or chiropractic services, but most require patients to try and fail conservative measures before authorizing more invasive treatments.
Spring is right around the corner, and newness is everywhere from the heavily budded trees to the first buttery yellow daffodils emerging from hibernation. As we’ve existed on hardy winter produce, most of us are anxiously anticipating the arrival of ruby red strawberries, tender lettuces, and sweet peas. Local farms will be gearing up for their community supported agriculture (CSA) season, with many retirement communities catching onto this idea by getting residents involved in growing gardens of their own. It’s no secret that the keys to longevity include fresh air and nutrient dense foods, but it’s also the camaraderie that makes the farm to table movement a great way to cultivate a close-knit community.
In Circleville, Ohio, the middle school turned apartment residence of Everts Hill, has brought community agriculture into its own backyard with a garden, and greenhouse that provides fresh, seasonal ingredients to its residents. Seniors will have access to the kitchen, and cafe that will serve as a catering business as well as give community members the chance for job opportunities.
Jet setting season is fast upon us with baby boomers, and retirees heading off to far off places, to explore the world or take a domestic excursion. Traveling is an exciting way to experience life beyond our own backyards, and meet new people, but can also be draining especially when we transition between time zones, and disrupt our normal rhythm. Train, plane or automobile, active adults can learn to outsmart jet lag, and take advantage of every adventurous moment with travel-friendly tips worth packing their bags for.
Travel guide writer Rick Steve’s is most known for his popular European travel television series that takes viewers behind the scenes to explore the roads less traveled through the eyes of a local. One of his most useful tips when traveling abroad is setting your clock to wherever your destination may be, and get moving! Fresh air, and exercise is the best way to combat jet lag, and travel fatigue. Make it a point to drop your things off at the hotel, and lace up your walking shoes. Keeping up with the current time zone will help to regulate your internal clock, and give you more time to soak in your surroundings.