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My husband and I will be moving to Ajijic in May. I am a retiring teacher and we are looking for a better way of life, and a more affordable way of life, considering we are 50 and 52. I am just wondering with all the crazy things the current administration ( in both America and Mexico) are doing and are trying to do effecting how things are in this area, or if they are effecting anything?

Any advice or insights?

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22 minutes ago, Denise said:

My husband and I will be moving to Ajijic in May. I am a retiring teacher and we are looking for a better way of life, and a more affordable way of life, considering we are 50 and 52. I am just wondering with all the crazy things the current administration is doing and is trying to do effecting how things are in this area, or if they are effecting anything?

Any advice or insights?

Are you thinking of the new administration in the USA, or the current administration in Mexico?

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A few folks who can't get over it seem to be in a much bigger lather about it than the vast majority.  Our Mexican hosts continue to be accommodating and supportive.  There are a whole host of things you can be involved in here that give you the opportunity to make a real difference.  This is a community that really steps up to help out the most defenseless among us both of the two and four legged variety. 

Since our arrival I've joined with neighbors to rid the community of ugly graffiti.  There is a vibrant art community.  Others have created the premier marketplace of Mexican folk art that draws attendees and buyersfrom around the world and has made a huge difference in keeping these art forms alive.  Other expats sustain a number of successful family and child help organizations and shelters.

We may have our disagreements but this really is a great bunch of folks down here.  Come on down, rent for a while and give it a try.

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Heartily agree with MC... Come on down... We came and bought over a year ago and couldn't be happier... The people are wonderful, the climate superb and the cost of living excellent... Many expats here have lived in other countries over the years which I believe, makes integration a bit easier.

Things are not like they are North of the Border (NOB) but with a bit of flexibility in thought and a clear understanding of Manana... You will be delighted.

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Hobgoblin238, not sure what you mean by 'pulgas' (we keep them off our dogs). Flea markets/bazaars there are lots to choose from (lakeside or GDL). 'Toy's to each his own, what you consider a toy may not be to someone else. Are you trying to ask what people look for and can't find or have difficult finding so you can bring down a bunch and sell?

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23 hours ago, Denise said:

My husband and I will be moving to Ajijic in May. I am a retiring teacher and we are looking for a better way of life, and a more affordable way of life, considering we are 50 and 52. I am just wondering with all the crazy things the current administration ( in both America and Mexico) are doing and are trying to do effecting how things are in this area, or if they are effecting anything?

Any advice or insights?

In Ajjijic, there are no threats here re US vs. Mexico, nothing has changed, skies are blue, the "buenas tardes" are flowing as usual.  I`m not sure what you mean by crazy things the Mexican administration is doing (besides increasing gas prices by 20% recently).  What have you been hearing in the US media?  If you could be more specific about your concerns, we here could advise you better.

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The GDL Reporter has a biased point of view which they continue to pursue.  There have been no ramifications of note.  A couple of people have been rude.  That's pretty much it.

This kind of idle speculation is irresponsible putting it mildly and reflects poorly on them.  I'm sorry they can't get over it and move on.

Come on down, rent, and see for yourself.  You can always leave if it doesn't work for you.

BTW tell us where you are coming from and we can give some better comparisons as to cost, climate, etc.

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Denise, that's a very good suggestion and you all are at the age where you can buy medical insurance easily at a good price.  We are also signing up for Seguro Popular strictly as a backup.  Most people who can buy insurance here get catastrophic insurance and pay cash for the routine stuff.

Been here 9 years and don't intend to go anywhere.  You can't find this lifestyle in most places particularly when combined with a climate that allows you to do outside stuff year round.  One of the first things you'll notice is the restaurants are all open air.  That should tell you a lot.

 

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But be aware the excellent medical care is for the most part, in Guadalajara...an hour away. If one of you becomes ill and is hospitalized there, the other half will be doing a lot if driving back and forth. Or spending a fortune in taxis. The care in Guadalajara is very good!

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14 minutes ago, Argus said:

But be aware the excellent medical care is for the most part, in Guadalajara...an hour away. If one of you becomes ill and is hospitalized there, the other half will be doing a lot if driving back and forth. Or spending a fortune in taxis. The care in Guadalajara is very good!

For ordinary medical needs, there are some good, caring doctors right in Lakeside.  If something serious happens, the good hosptials are in Guadalajara. If you need specialists, the local doctors will recommend them, so no worries.  DO get health insurance, since at your age, it won't be prohibitive.

Hey...the weather's great, the people are friendly and there are interest groups for just about anything you can think of.  Many charities exist to help where it's needed. You won't be bored.

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“The other“ does not have to run back and forth between the hospital and home, since the patient requires a ‘responsible person‘ to attend to their needs in the hospital.  The spouse is usually that person, and there is a cot for sleeping and linens and a pillow are provided.  Nurses are for medical needs; not for bathing, feeding, or going to the bathroom, walking exercises, calling nurses or doctors, etc.  The spouse, or close friend, takes on that responsibility and stays with the patient.

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WE have been here since 1999 and spend the best weather six months here and return NOB for the best weather six months there. We think we have the best of both worlds. Every person has different experiences, likes and dislikes. What works for one does not always work for another. The only way to know is to try it out and be sure to not cut all ties NOB. We prefer to have our health care taken care of NOB (after both having bad experiences here SOB). For simple heath care and dental care, you can't beat the price here, unless you have Medicare and a good supplement NOB. WE have never been bothered by politics NOB or SOB, and are not concerned now. Change always gets some peoples panties in a wad, but most are mature enough to move on with life and allow the elected officials to do what they were elected to do.

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1 hour ago, RVGRINGO said:

“The other“ does not have to run back and forth between the hospital and home, since the patient requires a ‘responsible person‘ to attend to their needs in the hospital.  The spouse is usually that person, and there is a cot for sleeping and linens and a pillow are provided.  Nurses are for medical needs; not for bathing, feeding, or going to the bathroom, walking exercises, calling nurses or doctors, etc.  The spouse, or close friend, takes on that responsibility and stays with the patient.

The other may have responsibilities at home. And if it is a long illness, you won't be moving into the hospital.

My point is, don't be fooled into believing we have excellent facilities Lakeside. It just isn't true. If you need to get excellent outpatient care, or see a specialist on a frequent basis, you'll be driving back and forth. Maybe a lot.

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Personally, and I know some don't agree with me on this, I wouldn't move here if I had significant long term health issues or significant mobility handicaps.  Despite the issues and glitches, IMHO health care in the U.S. is still the best.  Like Jim Bowie we maintain our U.S. Medicare and supplemental and go there for the serious stuff.  There are several main reasons people leave here and return NOB.  One of them is they want/need to be around family, the other is that their health care needs grow to the point where it is just too expensive to maintain here.

The poor roads and sidewalks make getting around pretty tough here for the physically handicapped.  

We have our U.S. health care based in Texas.  So far that has worked well for us.

 

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On 1/31/2017 at 1:33 PM, Mainecoons said:

A few folks who can't get over it seem to be in a much bigger lather about it than the vast majority.  Our Mexican hosts continue to be accommodating and supportive.  

Really?  A few folks?   The vast majority? (that may be a perception based on who you hang with).

 Perhaps you want to read about your president suggesting he might send troops into Mexico to deal with the 'bad hombres'.

 The OP has a legitimate concern, and it may be a little too early to tell what is the correct response.

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Exactly why I suggested a short term visit.  It won't take long to figure out what most of us are doing, enjoying this place and our neighbors and having a lot of fun at all sort of endeavors.  The majority of us are really not here to obsess on U.S. politics.

You can join the "chicken little" crowd if you want but for the rest of us life just keeps going on.  If one is obsessed with NOB politics perhaps one should go back up there and manifest their obsession in a geographically relevant manner.

These folks are going to work it out.  They had a little spat, everyone backed down some and they're talking again.  They may be politicians but they aren't stupid people.  You don't get elected president in two major countries by being stupid.

Like it or not, these two countries are too connected now to disconnect.  They will work it out.  Watch and learn.

BTW, Spring is arriving.  Temperatures are rising and we'll be playing water volleyball in the pool this weekend.  Life is good. :D

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Denise, you express a realistic concern for how the new administration in Washington might cause ripple effects for life down here. Despite the euphoria being experienced by some, no one can tell you there will be no problems. When a president is ignorant or delusional enough to threaten sending troops into a bordering sovereign nation all bets are off. The types of actions being taken by the current U.S. leader are the types of action that lead to international repercussions no matter how loudly his fans sing "Everything Is Beautiful." Life here now is as wonderful as it has been for the almost a decade I have lived here. Continue making your plans but keep a realistic eye on what is happening.

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4 hours ago, RVGRINGO said:

“The other“ does not have to run back and forth between the hospital and home, since the patient requires a ‘responsible person‘ to attend to their needs in the hospital.  The spouse is usually that person, and there is a cot for sleeping and linens and a pillow are provided.  Nurses are for medical needs; not for bathing, feeding, or going to the bathroom, walking exercises, calling nurses or doctors, etc.  The spouse, or close friend, takes on that responsibility and stays with the patient.

RV,   I know you have had med issues here.  We have Metlife Mex. Insurance & have had 5 -6 hospital stays in Guad at the top 5 hospitals.  I was always provided a good sofa bed with linens, in a private room.   Never was asked to do any health care however was always there to help out but the nurse assistants were there for bathing etc..   Yes, at IMSS your spouse is required to do nursing assistance but  not at the better hospitals.

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