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22 - A Place That Accepts All Races
30 - The Friendliness of the Costa Ricans
33 - Ticos are Individualistic
35 - Ticos Are Different and Procrastinators
38 - Why Others Have Gone Abroad
42 - Specific Reasons for Leaving Home
45 - Culture Shock
48 - Enjoy Your Retirement by Adjusting
49 - Ways to Adjust to Your New Life
56 - Making Your Stay More Satifying
58 - Cost of Living
67 - Addresses and Directions
69 - Your Car and Driving
71 - How Not to Be Obnoxious to Locals
74 - Adjusting to the Weather and Climate
76 - Choosing the Right Climate for You
77 - City Living versus Country Living
79 - Where to Live in Costa Rica
82 - Living in Your American Style
84 - Top Quality Health Services
87 - Medical Centers in San José
89 - Dying in Costa Rica
91 - Security and Safety in Costa Rica
94 - Personal Experiences of Petty Thievery
98 - Sex and Romance
101 - Going into Business Yourself
105 - Expatriates Production Enterprises
110 - Expatriates Service Businesses
114 - The Business Environment
120 - Helpful Tips for the Newcomer
125 - National Holidays and Festivities
128 - Religion, Churches & Support Groups
131 - The Optimism and Health Link
133 - The 8 Point Formula for Anti-Aging
134 - Obtaining Insurance
136 - Early Colonial History in Brief
139 - English Language & Tico Expressions
144 - Misdemeanors That Are Now Felonies
146 - Closing Words
148 - Bibliography
149 - For More Information and Contacts
151 - Appendix
155 - Index

You Can Live Longer Than You Think You Will

Since good health helps make a happy retiree, I'll continue to dwell on it. Life expectancy in Costa Rica is the highest in Latin America and surpasses even that in many of the more developed nations. Considering this, I thought it would be interesting to ask a few persons, who are well over 80 and others 90 or more in Costa Rica, to tell me what they deemed they had done or how they had lived to accomplish this. The result of my short and very informal survey produced very similar findings as those arrived at by specialists dealing with old-age. The following points are probably very familiar to you, but it won't hurt repeating them here.

Helpful Advice

1 Exercise, move-it's always free. This maintains your respiratory and cardiovascular function. It improves digestion, prevents depression, reduces insomnia, and promotes better bowel function.

2 Drink plenty of water and other fluids daily.

3 Maintain a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Reduce intake of fatty foods.

4 Try to avoid too much exposure to the sun.

5 My mother-in-law, who died at 95 here in San José maintained her beautiful milk-white skin free of wrinkles. She had always made it a point to stay out of the hot sun.

6 Keep active, think positively and reduce stress. There's also always time to learn new skills. Believe in your ability and maintain strong social support.

7 Try to make new friends and cultivate relationships which give you satisfaction. Keep in close touch with your family. Sexual activity and positive social interaction are important.

8 From time to time have a doctor check your general health. Use medicines or drugs as prescribed. You probably have your own formula for keeping well. Take advantage of the many good specialized doctors available in Costa Rica.

We all want to live longer and especially if we're retired and look to the future with optimism and vigour. So, let's put particular emphasis on our health. Friends and relatives will also appreciate it. And your life will be a happier one in your new retirement home, Costa Rica.

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