christmas-hamperAn article published on the Guardian.co.uk website reveals how the aging expat population on the Costa Blanca, “who arrived as healthy sixtysomethings, before creating English communities in the sun and never learning the language” are now “hitting 80 and ill health [and] many are struggling to pay the bills.”

It looks like the dream in Spain has become a nightmare: “Christmas hampers for elderly Britons are arriving with a difference in Spain this year. Instead of being filled with chocolates and other treats, the Age Concern boxes in Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca will contain dog food, washing powder and other necessities.” Although surely a nice gesture, I cannot figure how this should contribute to a real solution. On this note it is also questionable how many of the elderly are now looking to move back home. Again something brought up in the article:  “The big choice for those in hardship is between staying in Spain or returning to their roots.” The article also fails to raise any questions about why this generation now finds themselves in such a situation?

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