Archive for October, 2014
AMAR, the Mexican Association of Retirement Communities (Asociacion Mexicana de Asistencia en el Retiro), is hosting AMAR’s International Convention 2014 at Rosarita Beach Hotel, Rosarita Beach, Baja California, October 23-25, for North American and Mexican senior housing industry professionals and the public. Rosarito Beach is 20 miles south of San Diego, CA in Mexico.
The event focus, part of a continuing dialogue, is how to attract a portion of North American Baby Boomers over the coming years to senior-friendly, affordable destinations in Mexico with ideal weather, health services, infrastructure, and proximity to the U.S. It is anticipated that of 100 million boomers in Canada and the U.S., 4 million will consider living in Mexico. According to Internet statistics, there are currently 1,400,000 to 1,600,000 U.S. citizens living in Mexico, not all retirees.
Experienced Canadian and U.S. senior living developers, operators, and executives will meet to discuss collaboration possibilities with Mexican developers and investors.
Among the 22 scheduled speakers are Americans Martin Lakatos, VP and developer for California based Front Porch Development Company; Patricia Will, CEO of Belmont Village Senior Living (23 Assisted Living properties across the U.S. and one in development in Mexico City); and Matthew J. Downs of the Center for Medicare Portability. Javier Govi, Founder & CEO of AMAR; Ignacio Bernal of FONATUR (a Mexican government entity which plans and develops top tourist destinations); and Rodrigo Contreras Mejia of PROMEXICO (a Mexican government trust for international trade and investment) will be among the speakers from Mexico.
Subjects will include elements for successful operation of CCRC’s, active senior living, and Alzheimer’s and dementia care with holistic/wellness-based concepts, eco-friendly LEED-certified construction, universal design, and health information technology. Topics will also include the state of MOM and POP projects, aging in place communities where services come to you, and Medicare in Mexico. (Medicare is not yet accessible outside the U.S. unless under rare circumstances. American seniors can purchase Medigap emergency plans C, D, F, G, M, or N with a $250 deductible).
When asked about the current state of senior living and its future in Mexico, AMAR’s Javier Govi stated, “We currently cater to the mom and pop market, the parents of baby boomers. We are simultaneously transitioning to meet the needs of boomers who have begun to retire. We have spent years studying this market, looking at the history, and visualizing the future. The important components for boomers will be wellness, fitness, and a holistic approach.”
An adjunct part of the event is the 50+ Expo and Workshops for Healthy Living where the public can learn about senior living options in Mexico.
AMAR Friends Foundation, which helps retirees find independent or assisted living in Mexico, is sponsoring the 50+ Expo. Seminars are designed “to answer questions from banking to moving belongings, and what is involved in obtaining a residential visa,” added Govi. The expo also includes product displays and music. The foundation will soon be providing social service projects for poor elderly Mexicans through its North American volunteers. See http://www.amarfriends.org.
AMAR, founded in 2007, is the first national Mexican non-profit organization committed to educate and collaborate with Mexican government regulatory agencies and business executives in Mexico and North America on the potential of the senior housing industry in Mexico.
October 1 is International Day of Older Persons. It has been recognized as such since the acceptance of a UN decree December 14, 1990.
According to the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., there are 600 million persons around the world who are 60 or over. By 2025 the number of older adults is expected to double, and by 2050, there will be 2 billion, the vast majority of whom will be from developing nations.
One such developing nation is Ecuador which celebrates this day with parades and festivities in cities nationwide.
Seniors in Ecuador, whether from privileged backgrounds or farming communities, participate with gusto.
In Cuenca, an Andean city, the province of Azuay, the city, national government social services (MIES), assisted living homes, and the University of Older Adults participate. Yesterday, according to MIES, over 1000 seniors marched in the parade from the corner of Borrero in front of a MIES office, all the way down Calle Larga, a main city street, to the Banco Central, about a 1/2 mile away. In the courtyard of the Banco Central there was dancing, a senior band, a play, Ecuadorian food, and handicrafts made by seniors.
Below are photos of the memorable event…
For almost two decades, especially since I served as night time administrator and marketing director at an Alzheimer’s campus in southern California, I’ve been focused on universal design – how to create a safe, practical, healthful, and inviting environment not only for those requiring memory care, but for anyone, even those of us fortunate enough to be well.
What could be better than an immaculate, welcoming, protective atmosphere where ever you live?
Yesterday I viewed a video about interior redesign of a dementia wing at Elmhurst, an assisted living village in England. I like much of what was chosen. I might not have chosen laminate flooring even if it looks great and is easy to clean, I don’t find it eco-friendly. I may have choosen linoleum, cork, or wood instead as there is no off gassing. These green products might be safer for falls. But I imagine there may have been budget considerations. Other than that, a fine redesign job. Based on a visual site visit, even from afar, I would consider recommending this community focused on wellness.
Note the energy of light features, especially the use of skylights and large windows, and the secure garden area. Also note the reason red prompts were chosen for the bathroom, and cerulean blue gray for the dining room plates. There is valuable information in the video at the link below.