An Enhanced Family Life in Mexico - Improving the Quality of Life

An Enhanced Family Life in Mexico - Improving the Quality of Life

Compare taking a vacation to a country where every meal strikes fear of personal bankruptcy, to picking out the best restaurant in town for every respite and not being the least concerned when the bill arrives. The latter makes for a much more relaxed time away from the normal day-today routines. Imagining the second scenario being played out day-after-day is why many people move to Mexico. Physically, they are maybe two to four hours by plane from the rest of their family, but their purchasing power is increased by 50% or more, depending on the region they choose as a new home.

A move to Mexico may well mean the difference between feeling noble in public and feeling inferior. Additionally, there is a level of respect, dignity, and admiration from domestic employees who are worlds apart from developed countries. An invisible gray-haired “senior citizen” in the USA becomes a beloved “patron” in Mexico. The difference is $12-$15USD a week paid to a subsistence farmer’s wife for domestic help. For her, that small change is the difference between meeting her family’s needs and going hungry.

Priceless Opportunities for Youths 

Another consideration for those considering a trip or a move to Mexico is providing immeasurable experiences for family members. Bring a child or grandchild to Mexico and you may well change their life. I was taken to Mexico at ages five and twelve. My world-traveling uncle changed my life. I’ve seen the same results here with young visitors countless times since.

Exposing a young person to another culture, especially at an early age, will help them develop a world-view. The sights, sounds, smells, touch, and tastes of a foreign country stimulate every one of their senses. Mexicans adore children. What a priceless gift for someone who will be a budding career seeker in years to come. Their global view will be enhanced at a very impressionable time in their lives.

Bargain Services for Loved Ones 

Looking at the other end of the spectrum, consider the aging parent. How many people are able to pay $5K to $15K a month in nursing-home fees for an elderly parent? Now ask, for how many years would that be possible? And will that beloved elder receive quality health care? 

Consider bringing an aging parent to Mexico. Get them settled and then hire three or four paramedical workers to give 24/7 health care around the clock. Today, that would cost about $400- $1,300 a month. The cost would depend on the training or experience the employees had previously and who does the salary negotiating. 

Professional medical care near established expatriate communities like Puerto Vallarta, Ajijic, Lake Chapala or San Miguel de Allende (SMA) is outstanding. The cost saving is typically 50% - 60% over the same care in the USA. Use emergency heath services when you need them and don’t pay for it when you don’t.  As one SMA expat resident stated, “I told my mother that if it took two hours to feed her, and the food ran down her cheeks, a kind Mexican lady would gladly do it. This would occur while making her feel special and dignified. Have you ever heard a nursing-home resident or family member of a nursing-home resident say that?


Believe what is written here or do your own research. Create a peace-of-mind that is priceless, especially as retirement age gets closer. Expat blogs often give you day-to-day updates on the opportunities for those visiting or living in Mexico. Pick an area of Mexico where you would like to visit. Look for an expatriate blog and read the comments. You will find people sharing delightful stories of great weather, beautiful vistas, friendly people, outstanding medical care, and almost everything is cheap. You will likely also hear about charmed kids or grandkids and a grandmother who has never felt more dignified.

Written by 2Casa Expert:  Dr. Jacqueline Zaleski Mackenzie, author, speaker, and social scientist, is author of Empowering Spanish Speakers and other books to help understand the Latino culture. She has a BS and MS in business and an EdS and PhD in bilingual and special education and sociocultural studies. She lives in a native village in Central Mexico where she researches the Mexican culture and remodels a campesino home.