Hundreds of Former Patients Tested for HIV Or Hepatitis After 'unhygienic' Dentist Is Accused of Ign

Precautionary blood tests have been performed on hundreds of people after it emerged a dentist was suspended for flouting infection-control standards.More than 1,300 people have contacted a helpline and another 600 former patients of Desmond D'Mello have visited a dedicated clinic amid fears they could have been infected with blood-borne viruses, including HIV and hepatitis.NHS bosses made a plea to more than 22,000 people thought to be at risk, urging them to come forward.The recall - believed to be the biggest in UK medical history - affects all patients who were treated by Mr D'Mello at the Daybrook Dental Surgery in Nottingham over a 32-year period.The allegations surrounding Mr D'Mello emerged after a whistleblower secretly filmed him treating 166 patients over a period of three days in June.The footage showed the dentist allegedly breaching infection-control standards.Meanwhile the latest CQC report by health inspectors who examined the surgery in July found medical equipment was stored in a staff toilet, posing 'a risk of these items coming into contact with body fluids which may be contaminated'.NHS England said 1,333 patients had so far called the helpline, and more than 600 people had gone to a clinic set up to deal with queries and perform precautionary blood tests.A spokeswoman said 452 patients had so far been tested at the clinic in Arnold, Nottingham.It emerged that detectives are investigating possible links between treatment given by Mr D'Mello and the death of a 23-year-old patient.Amy Duffield died unexpectedly in August last year, prompting Nottinghamshire Police to make inquires on behalf of the coroner.The force stressed it is not a criminal investigation. Miss Duffield's death came three days after she fell ill with flu-like symptoms and heart palpitations.The cause of death was given as viral acute myocarditis, the Telegraph reports.Mr D'Mello has been suspended pending a full investigation amid claims he kept medical equipment in the staff toilet and failed to wash his hands and change his gloves between patients.A Nottinghamshire Police spokeswoman said: 'Detectives are now working to establish if there are any links between the death and the dental treatment she received. This is all being undertaken in close liaison with the NHS.'She said an investigation into the death of another woman, 29, who died in August 2013 found 'no evidence' of any links between her treatment and her death.NHS England said Mr D'Mello is not infected with any of the viruses himself. But they said his alleged failure to follow clinical standards may have put his patients at 'low risk' of infection.Within an hour of the recall's announcement yesterday worried patients had started queuing outside an emergency walk-in clinic set up for them.Martin Clamp, 24, a construction worker from Daybrook said: 'When my partner told me about it, I was speechless. I came straight down to the centre and registered to be tested.'I had three teeth out earlier this year and there were no problems but it makes you think.'It all makes me feel uneasy, worried and a little bit scared. I've been going there all my life and if I've got something in my blood and passed it on to my partner, she could have given it to my son when she was pregnant.'Emma Hopewell, 27, from Arnold, said she was worried about the situation because she is eight months pregnant.She said: 'I'm having to get my children to go and have blood tests because of this, and I'm pregnant I shouldn't be having to worry about it.'I think it's disgusting. It's a small dentist so I know they kept files in the toilets, so it wouldn't surprise me if he kept equipment in there as well.'She said they had been given packs with advice in and now had to wait 14 days until they find out the results.Her mother, Iris Brace, 54, also of Arnold, said: 'It's absolutely disgusting.To think that our whole family has been going to see him for so long and now we're all having to get tested over this.'Meanwhile one former patient of Mr D'Mello, Chris Dalkin, told MailOnline he had only ever been impressed by his dentist of more than 20 years.He said: 'He is a brilliant dentist. Professional, courteous and the same goes for the staff.'A very popular dentist as the large numbers involved prove.'The whole thing stinks. I hate to think what Mr D'Mello is going through.'Those patients deemed at risk will be tested for blood-borne viruses, which include HIV and Hepatitis B and C.NHS bosses said yesterday the practice is now under new ownership and the new owners have no links to Mr D'Mello.In a bid to track down all patients treated by Mr D'Mello, a hotline, which will operate seven days a week, has been launched to advise patients.Speaking at a press conference in Mansfield, Dr Doug Black appealed for former patients of Mr D'Mello to come forward for screening.He said: 'The whistleblower provided us with evidence to support these claims, including covertly-filmed footage of Mr D'Mello, which was filmed over a three-day period during early June this year.'This footage appears to show multiple failures in cross-infection control standards whilst patients were undergoing dental treatment. In simple terms,'This means acceptable hygiene standards did not appear to be followed by Mr D'Mello whilst he was treating dental patients.'None of us could be assured that these apparent lapses in practice were only limited to the days on which the covert filming was taken.'For this reason, we have recommended that any patient who has ever received dental treatment from Mr D'Mello be called back for screening.'Dr Black said screening will involve a discussion with a clinician and may require a blood test.He added: 'We are extremely sorry for the undoubted worry and concern people may feel on hearing this news.'I would like to stress again that the potential risk is low but would encourage anyone who has been treated by Mr D'Mello to contact the advice line.'Effective treatments are available for these blood borne viruses, which is why it is important to identify anyone who may have been at risk of infection, however low this may be, so treatment can be started if necessary.'We are working closely with Public Health England to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and provide support and assistance to those who may be affected.'He said NHS England have written separately to the 166 patients filmed without consent to explain what has happened, and to offer assurances that the video footage will remain securely stored while the investigation is ongoing.But he said it will not be possible to write to each of the 22,000 patients within an 'acceptable time frame' because some of those who were treated visited the surgery as far back as 1982.Mr D'Mello, who studied at the University of Manchester and qualified in 1977, was suspended for just 18 months in August by the General Dental Council, pending the start of the investigation.Dr Black added: 'Since August the former Daybrook Dental Practice has been under new ownership by Southern Dental, which is not in anyway connected to this incident but has offered ongoing support and cooperation to our investigation.'A Care Quality Commission report into the practice from July this year, highlighted concerns over hygiene standards throughout the practice.The report by inspectors noted: 'We observed the staff toilet and the room next to the toilet were being used as store rooms for equipment.'This posed a risk of these items coming into contact with body fluids which may be contaminated.'This risk had not been identified by staff at the dental surgery and no action had been taken to minimise it.'We saw that mops and buckets for cleaning the practice were stored directly next to the staff toilet, in the same room, which again posed a risk of this cleaning equipment coming into contact with body fluids which may be contaminated.'Chair of the British Dental Association's General Dental Practice Committee, Dr John Milne, said: 'There is absolutely no excuse for putting patients at risk.'We champion the highest standards in dentistry, and rigorous infection control procedures need to be at the heart of any practice, large or small.'Clinical experts from Public Health England have established there is low risk of exposure.'But today these patients need some reassurance, and recall is therefore a sensible precaution.'Dentists across the UK are setting high standards, and any exceptions are both regrettable and rare.'But today's news does raise questions about the current inspection regime.'We've long argued that dental experts need to be on the front line for inspections.'We must ensure we have inspectors who know what good practice looks like, and we will be working closely with the Care Quality Commission to make that a reality.'Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said the fact the allegations could refer to a 32-year period is 'particularly concerning'.She said: 'It is worrying to learn that there has been a potentially serious breach of infection control procedures at this dental practice.'What is particularly of concern is that it has continued over a 32 year period. It is clear that patient safety has been put at risk, and this should not have been allowed to happen.'Patients will understandably be anxious and worried in case they have been affected.'NHS England and Public Health England must ensure that they do everything possible to contact every patient who may have been put at risk. It is vitally important that there is effective and clear communication with patients.'Patients deserve an explanation for what has happened at this practice, and the public must be reassured that it will not happen again. Patients deserve far better than this and standards must improve.'David Corless-Smith, director of Dental Law Partnership, a law firm specialising in dental negligence, said the recall is 'deeply shocking but not altogether surprising'.He said: 'Unfortunately, we see this kind of appalling malpractice on a daily basis and work on behalf of patients to bring rogue dentists to justice.'He added: 'For far too long dentists have been considered to be untouchable with patients who have had appalling treatment too afraid to come forward or unsure of how to tackle dental malpractice.'Today's case in Nottingham is lifting the lid on an issue that affects every single one of us.'Professor Andrew Lee, a public health expert at the University of Sheffield, called for calm and said the risk to most patients will be low.He said: 'In reality I think the risk would be quite low and I think it is important that the public maintains a degree of perspective here about the real actual risk posed to them.'It is easy to conflate our fears about visiting the dentist with these isolated incidents of poor practice.'Most patients attending the dentist will probably have pretty low-risk procedures carried out on them, often with single-use instruments, so they would not be at risk.'There is a very small cohort of patients who have what is termed an 'exposure-prone procedure' - a more major dental procedure where the risk is potentially higher, so presumably they are the group of greater concern. Public Health England (PHE) states (this is) 160 such persons out of 22,000.'He said blood-borne viruses cannot survive for very long outside the human body.He added: 'What NHS England and PHE are doing is following standard protocol in carrying out a 'look-back' exercise. This is good practice and precautionary.'Dr Rosemary Gillespie, chief executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, also moved to reassure patients that the is a 'next to no risk' of HIV being passed on from dental equipment that has not been sterilised properly.She said: 'NHS England has confirmed that the dentist in this case does not have HIV.'The suggested risk is likely to relate to dental equipment not being properly sterilised between appointments.'It is right that these patients have been recalled, but we would reassure anyone who has been contacted that there is next to no risk of HIV being passed on in this way.'HIV is a fragile virus, which becomes inactive minutes after leaving the body.'For the virus to be passed on via dental equipment, it would have to be passed from one mouth to the next far more quickly than most appointments would allow.'Today's announcement and the recommendation for mass screening is believed to be the biggest in medical history.In the past, NHS trusts have instead written to patients who could be at risk.Last year, two NHS boards contacted thousands of patients after it was revealed that a dentist practising in Scotland had HIV. The dentist, who worked at a surgery in Paisley, west of Glasgow, also provided emergency cover at a hospital in Dumfries.Following the discovery, 3,000 patients were told that they could be at 'very slight risk'.In the past 25 years, 10,000 patients have been tested in Britain as a result of 'HIV-related patient notification exercises'.In April 2014, the rules surrounding HIV in healthcare workers were changed. Bans on those with HIV being able to carry out certain dental and surgical procedures were lifted.Worldwide, there have been just four cases of clinicians infecting patients, according to the GDC.Are you a former patient of Mr D'Mello? Email health correspondent Lizzie Parry at

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When $75,000 worth of donated dental equipment landed on the loading dock of a skid row shelter, relief seemed on the way for the receding gums and rotted teeth of the city's most neglected mouths.USC dentistry professor Alvin Rosenblum thought he had cleared the highest hurdles in his effort to start a free clinic for the homeless at the Union Rescue Mission.He had secured the equipment. He had found the space. He had students ready to work.What he didn't have was a building permit. Advertisement A year later, the dental chairs are still in boxes. Teeth on skid row are still going untreated. And the shelter's building engineer waits in countless lines at the Department of Building and Safety."There is so much lip service about taking care of needy people," Rosenblum said. "But when it comes down to it, we get hung up. It's disheartening."The proposed construction to accommodate the clinic is minor. The mission needs to add doors to three non-load-bearing walls, build some partitions and repair plumbing and electrical wiring to install six dental chairs.But the permit process has dragged on for months, costing the mission thousands of dollars and thwarting the efforts of those who wish to help. Advertisement City officials concede that the process is confusing and often time-consuming and say they are working to streamline the system.But they are not working fast enough to satisfy the mission's building engineer, Richard Anderson. Flailing his arms in disbelief, Anderson told how it took three days to get past an ordinance that required him to increase parking for patients.He paused, waiting for his message to sink in:Homeless patients don't drive cars.The mission paid an architect at least $100 an hour to spend three days wading through bureaucratic regulations, Anderson said. And that was just one--real or potential--setback.In Los Angeles, he said, each piece of equipment installed in the clinic must be approved by the city, even if it has been approved elsewhere in the state. "Now, I've got to find out if these chairs have been approved by the city," he said, adding, with eyes flaring, "What if they're not?"*But Anderson said his biggest gripe is not so much with the regulations that require him to amend endless details on his blueprints. He said there's no smooth, easily understandable and logical way to get through the city's permit process. Advertisement "You get in line to get your stuff," he said. "Then you get out of line, get your receipt and get back in the same line."Last Wednesday, he said, he arrived at the department's office in the morning and didn't leave until 4:30 p.m. Often, he said, he may wait more than an hour and a half in one line only to find out it's the wrong one.He said only his faith in God is able to temper his frustration."Normally I say to myself, 'This is not eternity,' " he said. "I'm not going to be frustrated in eternity."Anderson said there is a good rationale behind most regulations, and that complying with any individual requirement is not that onerous. It is the cumulative effect of dozens of seemingly minor regulations that takes a toll. And some regulations do not originate with city bureaucrats.Changes in the federal Americans With Disabilities Act require the mission to reverse the swing of two bathroom doors. When the building was completed three years ago, the doors fit the code. Now they don't. That's $1,000 per steel doorway, Anderson said.As far as negotiating Los Angeles' permit process, Victor Penera, the Building and Safety Department's chief of engineering, acknowledged that clients can be confused.He said a task force Mayor Richard Riordan established three years ago streamlined the arcane permit process when business and civic leaders reported that it had caused a 50% drop in construction over five years. Advertisement Riordan's press secretary Noelia Rodriguez said the mayor approved 66 of the task force's recommendations to cut red tape, half of which he implemented by executive order. The others, she said, are working their way through the City Council.Even so, she said, the city still loses businesses and other organizations due to what she called the byzantine permit process."When any type of organization can go across to Burbank and get away from red tape, it's a no-brainer," she said. "People would do that."But Penera said the building and safety office has become more user-friendly and is trying to reduce confusion for those who are not accustomed to the process."We've addressed that by having a greeter at the entrance," he said. "He's there to help you."Penera said case managers are also on hand to sit down with applicants, explain the process and work through all potential hitches in their plans.But Anderson said no one has ever greeted him or informed him of case managers."Oh no, no, no, " he said. "If they got that going, it's the best-kept secret in City Hall."Delays have become so routine that Rosenblum has stopped seeking donations. He has no answer to benefactors' questions about when the clinic is going to open.Regulatory nightmares convinced Rosenblum's colleague, Dr. Charles Goldstein, that Los Angeles was not the place for his good works. Goldstein runs a mobile dental clinic that treats poor children from Baja California to the San Joaquin Valley. More than 70,000 children have been helped since he began in 1971, he said--all outside the city of Los Angeles."It's too tough to work here," he said. "It's too difficult because of the regulations."In Goldstein's case, Los Angeles Unified School District health regulations were the problem. His dental students are required to get tuberculosis tests every six months, which he said is unnecessarily stringent.Meanwhile, at the mission, many of the poor and homeless do not have Medi-Cal and can't find regular dental treatment. Last week, a 27-year-old woman named Cindy brought her 2-year-old daughter from her nearby apartment to get food."I have problems with my gums," Cindy said. "They bleed. It's painful. I try not to eat meat because it hurts so bad."Her teeth are yellow and her gums have receded to expose the roots. Big gaps mark where she had pulled out dangling teeth with her bare hands.She said she looked forward to using the free clinic at the mission mostly because she doesn't know where else she can get treatment for her daughter, who does not have Medi-Cal.*Goldstein said many homeless people suffer from periodontal disease, and that he's seen more than his share of infections and swollen faces as a result of neglect."In most cases it's not life-threatening," he said. "But it's pain and it's suffering."Missing front teeth can often be a major hindrance in finding a job. Some employers think missing teeth indicate laziness or stupidity, Rosenblum said.He said the clinic would offer all the services of a general dentist, including emergency treatment and cosmetic work for those looking for jobs.He said USC would also start a program to teach parents and children preventive care and would distribute fluoride and sealants to prevent decay. He said the mission's clinic would be comparable to the largest free clinic in the county, the Los Angeles Free Clinic at Beverly and La Cienega boulevards.Dental students, supervised by faculty, would do the bulk of the work, Rosenblum said. He estimated that students would handle 60 appointments every week."There are people who need attention," said Rosenblum. "A lot of people could have been treated in this last year."
Inside the Dental Office - Tools of the Trade
Inside the Dental Office - Tools of the Trade
The dental office can be a mysterious place for the uninitiated. Even for those who have been going to regular appointments their entire lives, it might be difficult to name or pick out more than a couple of the common instruments. Of course, the most important tool in the hands of any competent dentist comes in the form of their own talent and experience. This is why the average person can typically not purchase dental equipment over the counter. While the tools have specific purposes, they are best left to the professionals. Here are some of the tools of the trade and how a dentist uses them to care for your teeth. The Mirror There is perhaps no more important tool in a dental office than the mirror. Without it, a dentist would have a very difficult time seeing behind teeth and getting a good look at exactly what is going on inside a patient's mouth. If you've ever tried to examine your teeth in the mirror, you know how frustrating it can be. You can get a good look at your front teeth, and even a few of those closer to the back. But when it comes to looking around at the other side or examining those in the back of your mouth, you're going to be out of luck. In combination with some bright lights, the dentist can use small mirrors to get a very close look at your teeth and gums, helping them to diagnose problems. The Scraper No dental office is complete without several forms of this important tool. Very sharp and extremely hard, the scraper is used to scrape away plaque from the teeth before it can harden to the point where nothing can get rid of it. The dentist will usually bring it out during an examination, simultaneously getting rid of some of that build up while also watching out for more serious problems like gum disease and cavity formation. It is this scraper that usually causes the gums to bleed during an appointment, but when used carefully on healthy gums, bleeding should be kept to a minimum. The Drill Teeth are made from the hardest material the human body can form-enamel. That means a special tool is needed to break through this enamel without smashing the tooth altogether. The drill serves that purpose. Even people who don't have an inherent fear of the dentist tend to get a shiver up their spine when they think of the sound that drill makes, but without it , many advanced surgical procedures would be impossible.
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Newport Man Blew Investors' Millions Gambling in Vegas, Feds Say
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Fred Lee's Social Network: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Gala
Fred Lee's Social Network: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Gala
Days before Thanksgiving, port terminals and suppliers came together to give thanks and support the communities where they live, work and play. Presented by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, a capacity crowd gathered for the annual Port Fundraising Gala in partnership with Global Container Terminals, Fraser Surrey Docks, Western Stevedoring, and DP World Vancouver. Sharing a commitment to create thriving communities where they operate, the port terminals and suppliers for 18 years have come together to support their port region, raising more than $1.9 million for deserving charities in Metro Vancouver.The 19th edition would catapult the tally well beyond the $2 million mark. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority president and chief executive officerwelcomed attendees to the multi-course fundraising dinner co-chaired by , and .This year's event was held in honour and support of three charitable organizations, Harvest Project on the North Shore, Mission Possible in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and Reach Child and Youth Development Society south of the Fraser River. Through ticket purchases, the sale of auction items, and the generous contributions of attendees, the evening endeavours looked to meet or exceed last year's $240,000 raised to support the charities working hard to improve the lives of thousands of people each year."The people and businesses we call neighbours make Metro Vancouver one of the world's most livable regions, and as a port community, we share a commitment to create thriving communities where we live and work," said Silvester. "By working together, we continue to prove that when we raise one another up, we all flourish." Established in 1988, the Chinese Canadian Dental Society of British Columbia (CCDSBC) was created to promote and encourage its members to contribute to their community and the Canadian society-at-large. Over the years through its annual gala fundraiser, CCDSBC has raised funds to establish bursaries and endowment funds, update dental equipment at Vancouver General Hospital, and contributed to the purchase of a mobile community clinic in partnership with UBC's Faculty of Dentistry.For CCDSBC's 30th anniversary celebrations, the B.C. Dental Association's Save A Smile program, supporting the urgent dental care needs of B.C. children from low-income families, was beneficiary of the charity dinner. To date, the program has supported 2,000 children in accessing dental treatment, says Dr. Angelique Leung, chair of the program, addressing the party crowd that convened at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the Cruise Around the World-themed party.Captained by longtime event chair , the dental-do of fine food, wine and entertainment would take guests around the globe. Sought-after luxury cruises to Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, part of an exclusive live auction, would contribute to a record night and $100,000 collected, putting smiles on the faces of everyone involved. Taking a page from the CCDSBC playbook, dental professionals from the South Asian community hosted its second annual fundraiser. Created in 2017, the Indo Canadian Dental Association (ICDA) welcomed a capacity crowd to Richmond's River Rock Show Theatre for its Sitarry Night Gala, held over the Thanksgiving weekend. Committed to promoting and raising funds for oral health care in the community, this year's lavish Bollywood luau led by Dr. benefited the B.C. Oral Cancer Prevention Program at UBC and efforts to lessen the hardship caused by the disease though public education, early detection and effective treatmentAttended by some one hundred dentists and their loved ones, industry partners, notable dignitaries and community and leaders, 500 guests were in attendance for the TD-sponsored, black-tie merrymaker. A spirited live auction and a raffle of a one-once bar of gold donated by Nicola Wealth Management had revellers digging deep into their wallets to support the cause. The evening of camaraderie and fundraising also paid tribute to , the legendary South Asian VOICE photo journalist often referred to as the "Smile Catcher" who passed away from a lengthy battle with throat cancer.
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How Moving to Bolivia Saved Our Retirement
By David Hammond, InternationalLiving.comThis article comes to us courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world's leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas.Nestled in an Andean valley at 6,000 feet, the Bolivian city of Tarija is truly one of South America's great undiscovered gems. You'll find colonial architecture, a near-perfect Mediterranean climate, and vineyards outside town stretching to the horizon. It's also one of the most affordable cities in the Americas: you can live a comfortable retirement in a centrally-located apartment for $1,200 a month, including rent, enjoy a delicious three-course meal for as little as $4, or visit one of its many medical facilities from $20. Tarija is home to 235,000 people, among them a small community of around 250 expats -- mostly from Europe, North America, and New Zealand. Last year Martin and Joyce Powell joined them when they sold their home and belongings in Glasgow, Kentucky, and began a new life as expat retirees in Tarija. Like many expats, the couple's main reason for moving abroad was financial. They calculated that, even when Social Security payments came, they wouldn't have enough to retire. "In the U.S., I would have worked until I died," says Martin. "Moving to Tarija was a way to make things work out. And we can enjoy a much higher standard of living here." In Kentucky, Martin, 60, had been a professional butler. Among his clients was Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. He also had his own commercial cleaning business that he and Joyce, 58, worked at together. A friend from Kentucky had retired to Tarija, Bolivia, 10 years ago. This friend returns to Kentucky every year or two, and when he learned Martin and Joyce were considering retiring abroad, he encouraged them to visit Tarija. "We loved the climate," says Martin. "We don't have extremes in temperature, and the nights cool off." Average daytime highs range between 78 F and 86 F. Nighttime low temperatures range from 46 F to 62 F. "Tarijia is different enough to be interesting and small enough to be comfortable. We are still discovering new things. We love the older Spanish-style buildings and the plazas," says Martin. "There are lots of parks, and they are all clean and beautiful. But the best part of life here ... we don't have to work." As for Joyce, she says: "I love the mountain views here. Every time I look at them they fill my heart." Tarija's colorful and bustling main plaza, Plaza de Armas Luis de Fuentes y Vargas, has several good restaurants nearby. And just two blocks away is another plaza: Plaza Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre, with green lawns, lush trees, and wide walks. Altogether, Tarija has 15 plazas and parks, as well as four lookout points, where there's high ground, called miradores. Colonial architecture in Tarija includes several churches, such as the Basilica of San Francisco and the Church of San Roque, built in the early 1600s. For shopping, you'll find 11 markets where you get the freshest produce at the best price, as well as family-owned bakeries and butcher shops. You'll also find half-a-dozen supermarkets--good places to get paper goods and toiletries. An Emphasis on Family and FriendshipMartin and Joyce have made friends with local Bolivians and they eat out with other expats regularly. Sometimes the Powells' Bolivian neighbors hold dances in their homes, clearing the patio or terrace to make room. "We dance for a couple of hours, then they serve a meal. After that, we dance for a couple more hours. It's a traditional Bolivian dance that's like line dancing--with the women on one side and the men on the other," says Martin.The Powells also enjoy going on picnics in the nearby countryside with their local friends. "Everyone brings their own meat and a side dish," says Joyce. "At the picnics they cook over charcoal. They season steaks with salt and lemon when they barbecue here," says Martin. Martin and Joyce's friends, who've lived in Tarija all their lives, have taken them to special spots outside town. One is a thermal lake. "It's a two-acre lake that feels like a two-acre bathtub," says Martin. "When you go deeper, it gets warmer instead of colder." Joyce has practiced paper-folding, making origami figures, since she was young. In Tarija, some of the local children have taken an interest in her hobby, and Joyce is now teaching them the craft. The couple pays $200 a month for a centrally located apartment. "It's one-and-a-half years old. It's a two-bedroom place, with a garage on the first floor, near the plaza," says Martin. Martin and Joyce pay around $21 a month, total, for their home utilities, which include electricity, gas, and water. WiFi is around $38 a month and they pay $15 a month for their two smartphones. They have limited-minute plans, with their unused minutes rolling over into the next month. They also have MagicJack, a VoIP phone service that allows them to make unlimited calls to the U.S. over the Internet, for $40 a year. Like many expats in Tarija, Martin and Joyce get by fine without a car, opting instead for public transportation. A taxi is around 60 cents per person to the edge of town. Taxis with a regular route like a bus, called taxis trufis, cost around 30 cents per person. A bus ride is around 22 cents."But most of the time we walk to do our shopping and take care of daily errands," says Joyce. As for food prices, "canned foods, processed foods, and imported foods cost more [than the U.S.]. Fruits and vegetables are cheap. Dairy and meat are about the same," says Joyce. Healthcare for $75 a monthMartin has a heart condition. One night he had a cardiac emergency. Joyce called one of their new local friends, who helped her get Martin to Tarija's cardiac hospital. "They saved his life," says Joyce. "The total cost was $600. The most expensive thing was the seven hours of oxygen." The cost to visit the heart doctor for a checkup is $22. "It's not Star Trek modern, but it's clean, sufficient, and nice," says Martin of the cardiac hospital. Martin and Joyce also visit a dentist in Tarija. "The dental equipment here is more advanced than I've seen in the U.S.," says Martin. Minus medical expenses, the Powells' total living costs come to around $1,000 a month. Most of the medications that Martin gets cost only 30% of what they would in the States. The couple are currently in the process of joining a Bolivian healthcare plan that will cover almost all of their medications for $75 a month. Martin and Joyce are enjoying a retirement that would have been impossible in the U.S. They're living in a place and a climate they love. And they're sharing the adventure of learning a new language and discovering a new culture. "For me, it's choosing something new that I like. It's a beautiful thing," says Martin. "We didn't come 4,000 miles to live the same way we did in Kentucky," says Martin. "We like the Bolivian people and find them warm and hospitable." To overcome the language barrier, Martin and Joyce took Spanish lessons. They've joined a local church where they've made friends and get an opportunity to practice their Spanish. And Martin builds his vocabulary reading the local paper. "There is very little crime here. There is a little bit of 'ticky-tacky' (unfinished homes and graffiti), but I don't see it anymore. It's like a wrinkle on someone you love," says Martin.Related Articles:Retired In Our 40s And Homesteading In BelizeEscape The "Rocking Chair" Retirement In Costa RicaCotacachi, Ecuador Is What Small-Town USA Once WasEarlier on Huff/Post50:
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