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Young retired with a chronic illness. Anyone else sick in Lake Chapala?




LymeGal

May 7, 2016, 8:07 PM

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Young retired with a chronic illness. Anyone else sick in Lake Chapala?

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I used to practice medicine with Mexican migrant workers, so they are the people I enjoy being with.
Due to a sudden illness that's become chronic, I'm now retired, looking for a great place to live, with the challenges I face.

Lake Chapala was recommended by a woman my age (58) and I loved what I read.

But I'm finding nothing about folks with less- than-stellar-health moving there.
I've tried the CA desrt for three years but it's not great here alone.

In SCal, it's been a bit isolating to be surrounded by people (often older), without healthy lifestyles , running circles around me.
And most having no tolerance for people who don't " party hearty"...

I lead a quiet life by necessity, to recharge.

Is there acceptance for people in the Chapala area who have conditions such as Chronic Fatigue, MS, Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, etc etc?
Has anyone moved there to find those conditions improved?

My objective is to be in a more compassionate, supportive community ( IE Mayberry!) with good medical/alternative medicine and a less stressful pace.

ALSO, I'd be coming alone.
Life in SoCal alone, while fighting illness, is just not doable.

I can't handle the north, or the humidity of the Southern US.

Any insight would be appreciated.
BTW,
I'd like to get healthy enough consistently to do volunteer work at the orphanages in the area. That's been a life dream.
Thanks!



Gringal

May 8, 2016, 6:19 AM

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Re: [LymeGal] Young retired with a chronic illness. Anyone else sick in Lake Chapala?

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Here's some insight on the area, from a 12 year Mexico resident who retired here from California:

The Lake Chapala area is home to some younger expats (under 50) but is largely populated by older retired expats. Gray is a popular hair color and bald is common. As in most places, older people suffer from various health problems, and this area is no exception. For those with medical issues, there are many doctors practicing in the area and the Guadalajara hospitals are first class.

The good news is that the climate is benign with the accompanying opportunities to be outdoors often. A healthy lifestyle is easy, with fresh fruits and vegetables readily available. Good quality restaurant food at reasonable prices is here, too.

There are all sorts of charities which have been long established, including those serving children's needs.
There are many single people living here, with the females in greater numbers than the males. There are plenty ofsocial and special interest clubs.

From what you said in your post, it's likely that you could find this area a comfortable fit. Naturally, you'll need to visit for awhile to judge for yourself.


(This post was edited by Gringal on May 8, 2016, 8:36 AM)



RickS


May 8, 2016, 9:29 AM

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Re: [LymeGal] Young retired with a chronic illness. Anyone else sick in Lake Chapala?

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I think that Gringal summed it up quite nicely. In addition, you mentioned being 'comfortable' working with Nationals..... even though there is a large contingent of expats at Lakeside the population is still 99% Mexican. You may have found just the place you want for the 'next stage' of your life.