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A New Home for the Healthiest Elderly in the World
• Work begins in July

By Oliver Pérez

With a cost of around 150 million colones ($300,000) the Centro de Atención al Anciano y Minusválido (Center of Assistance for the Elderly and Disabled) will be built in the district of Nosara, which will be located on a 1,700-square-meter piece of land, purchased in Bocas de Nosara, 50 meters east of the EBAIS.

The Municipality of Nicoya made the purchase on the 15th of February, with a cost of 38 million colones ($76,000) to guarantee the beginning of the work, starting in July. 

Marcos Avila, president of the Development Association and Syndic for this district, told VON: “We, the inhabitants of Nosara, feel very content knowing that it is a done deal that the land was bought and this gives us hope that very soon the construction of the building will be initiating.”

For his part, Marco Jimenez, mayor of Nicoya, indicated that the designs are being prepared so that the work can be put out for bid and they can proceed with the construction of the home for the elderly. The designs will be financed by the Nosara Development Association.
In Nosara, while the David Kitson public library hosts a club for senior citizens in which weekly activities are offered for the grandparents, like dances, creation of artwork, outings to the Beach and many more things, the opening of this Home will help to offer greater attention to the senior citizens. 

Consuelo Jimenez, who has been in charge of these activities in the library, expressed her pleasure in the construction of this assistance center.


“With the opening of the Home for the Elderly, my job will end there, since the adults will be sent to this center, where they will receive specialized attention for personal development. My job is in the library,” indicated Consuelo, who has been in charge of 25 senior citizens. 

The Center for Assistance to the Elderly and Disabled will consist of a waiting room, a recreation area, a nurses’ office, a kitchen, a dining hall, an area with beds, parking and a garden.

The Healthiest Grandparents in the World
Scientists have declared Nicoya one of the few Blue Zone places in the world for the surprising longevity of its inhabitants. This is demonstrated by a 2004 study conducted by the Central American Center of Population of the University of Costa Rica. This investigation found that in this geographic area the mortality of people older than 90 years of age is up to 10% less than in the rest of the country. Scientific evidence shows that 75% of longevity is lifestyle based and 25% is genetic.
Nicoyans have much lower levels of obesity than the rest of Costa Rican, attributed to a simple and traditional diet with many fresh, local foods, and an ethic of work that eschews the labor-saving machines that makes wealthier nations soft.

Calcium-rich Water
The water here turned out to be another factor at the top of the list for the researchers. In the University of San Jose’s archives, the researchers found a map showing water hardness (calcium and magnesium content) in different regions of Costa Rica. In Nicoya, water is the hardest. Studies by the World Health Organization show that populations with hard water have 25% fewer deaths from heart disease, because the heart and other muscles depend on calcium for contractions.Also, calcium is important for bones

The researches found that almost all those over 90 here possess the basic components of happiness: love, faith and a sense of purpose


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San Jose – Nicoya Bus Fare to Increase 1335 colones

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Security Vehicle Carrying More than $100,000 Flipped

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Police Apprehend Thieves with Help from Courageous Neighbor

On the evening of Tuesday, April 3rd, two thieves were detained by the tourist police of Guiones, thanks to the collaboration of a neighbor. Although a denunciation was filed with the Organism of Judicial Investigation of Nicoya, the next day the criminals were released pending trial since the 12 hours that someone can be legally held without a formal denunciation had expired. 

Urban Development Project
in Curime is Halted Due to
Possible Contamination

Nicoya's Municipalidad has halted progress on an urban development project in Curime. The main reason is the property's location, as it is adjacent to a stream that flows into the Potrero River.

Traffic Accidents Increase During “Dust Season” in Nosara

The excess of dust particles in the environment has not only affected the health of Nosara residents, but is also a determining factor when driving a vehicle as it influences visibility for drivers. 

Former Police Officer Imprisoned 16 Years After Trial

On Thursday, March 8th, Olman Perez Acevedo was arrested during a routine roadblock by the public force in Samara. A warrant was out for his arrest for a “simple homicide” that happened way back when Olman himself was working for the public force, but the case is far from simple.

New Waste Management Plan Offers a Solution to Trash Problems

A responsible and adequate waste management process continues to be an unresolved issue for Nicoya. This is evidenced by the closing of the landfill, on three different occasions, and the lack of a comprehensive vision as to how to deal with waste management in the future.

More Time Granted for Analyzing Proposed Regulatory Plan

Many voiced opposition to how little time was given for community members to review the proposed regulatory plan for the Canton of Nicoya and submit observations, just 10 working days after the plan was presented on Saturday, February 25th, and the municipal council on Monday, March 26th agreed to allow those who submitted comments during those ten days to have an additional 45 working days to continue reviewing the plan, beginning April 9th. 

Efforts to Protect Samara’s Water Source

The need to protect Samara and El Torito’s main water source, the Mala Noche water table located between Samara and El Torito, was one issue raised in response to the canton’s proposed regulatory plan (see article), which had the area zoned for tourism, although a technical report by the SENARA (National Service of Subterranean Waters, Irrigation and Drainage) specified that a zone of protection of natural resources should be implemented in the Municipality’s regulatory plan.

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