The 10 Best Places to Retire in Mexico

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By: www.munknee.com

Below is an unbiased look at the best places in Mexico to retire – with real pros and cons – to help you make an informed decision as to which best meets your needs, interests and ambitions.

So writes “Johnny Punish” (www.JohnnyPunish.com) in edited excerpts from his article written originally as an exclusive for www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!) and under the title The Top 10 Places to Live and Retire in Mexico and the reasons why. Note: this paragraph must be included in any re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.

Punish goes on to say:

In the process of putting together this comprehensive report I have consulted with highly experienced ex-pats who have lived and/or live in the places that I rate here so, without further wait, here’s the top 10 places to live and retire in Mexico and the reasons why:

  1. Lake Chapala, Jalisco
  2. Ensenada, Baja California
  3. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
  4. Guadalajara, Jalisco
  5. Merida, Yucatan
  6. Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
  7. Mazatlan, Sinaloa
  8. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
  9. La Paz, Baja California
  10. San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas

1. Lake Chapala, Jalisco (Winner)

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According to Kristina Morgan of Focus on Mexico, “Of all the places in Mexico I have been, none can quite compare with Lake Chapala. There’s something about this place that just seems…magical and, as corny as it sounds, that’s the word I hear people use to describe Lake Chapala time and again. Lake Chapala gets into your heart and becomes home. It’s like stepping back 50-70 years here regarding the simpler lifestyle, culture and values. When I’m here I feel like I can be me, like I can breathe a little more freely and be the person I want to be and this is a sentiment expressed by most everyone who has ever been here or lives here”.

Lake Chapala used to be just a retirement community but in the last 10 years that’s changed and a lot of younger families and entrepreneurs are moving there for the obvious business opportunities and lower cost of living.

The Lake Chapala community is composed of a string of villages, mostly on the north shore, with Ajijic being the crown jewel of the area in terms of artisans, charm and amenities. Horses clopping down the road, vendors selling fresh fruit, women weaving, live music everywhere from classical to salsa and teenagers helping their grandmothers are common sights. There’s a happy hum of activity there.

The most compelling reasons are listed below.

Pros

The Climate: The weather, of course, is a huge draw. National Geographic touts Lake Chapala as the 2nd best climate in the world. The Lake is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains and is a mile high so there is very little humidity. The distance inland is still close to the ocean but far enough away to not have to worry about storms and hurricanes off the coast. We have all the same flora as Hawaii as well as the same vegetation in arid states like Colorado—pines and palms—growing equally well, side by side!

The most-developed expat/English infrastructure in Mexico: You may feel like you’ve stepped back in time, but there’s still a lot to do here, from golfing, to boating, to organized group activities including a community theater in English, two American Legion posts, the Lake Chapala Society, churches in English in every denomination, concerts and events (the Bolshoi Ballet even came to Ajijic!), live entertainment, world-class restaurants that will impress even the most seasoned palate and much more!

Ajijic and the Lake Chapala area is the largest expat community anywhere outside the U.S. and Canada. I figure 20,000 expats can’t be wrong but as Latin World says, “Despite being home to one of the heaviest concentrations of North Americans in Mexico, Lake Chapala doesn’t feel quite as Americanized as other retirement enclaves in Mexico.” I believe that is due to the fact that this isn’t a resort area catering to tourists, but rather a place to adopt a new way of life and be a part of a community.

There are also many real opportunities to get involved and make a difference through any of the numerous charities here if you want to volunteer your time. The rewards are greater than any paycheck.

Affordable, top-notch medical care is available: The University of Guadalajara, less than 1 hour away, boasts an excellent medical school. In fact, many U.S. doctors are educated there! There are excellent facilities, doctors, specialists and medical staff in Mexico and a major benefit is that they are readily available (no long waiting periods). Many of the doctors even speak English and often have taken some training in the United States or abroad. The doctors here have such a gift for listening carefully to you and not making you feel as if they don’t have time to spend with you. They even make house calls! There are two clinics here as well.

Proximity/Accessibility: Guadalajara, airport, coast: One of the reasons we chose Lake Chapala is its easy access to other places of interest in Mexico. Ideally located about 40 minutes from Guadalajara (Mexico’s 2nd largest city), 25 minutes from Guadalajara’s international airport, and as close as 3 hours to the pacific coast and a 12 hour drive to back to the U.S. so it is easy to trade the frigid winters and the wilting heat of summers north of the border for paradise. We wanted to know that they can get back home quickly if we need to so being so close to the airport makes being home in a few hours possible. It is interesting to note that travel is part of the culture in this area, for Mexicans and retirees alike and the low surcharge at the airport in Guadalajara makes flying more affordable.

Low cost of living: I didn’t move to Mexico to spend a lot of money! It has been said that Lake Chapala is the place to be if you want a bargain and all the amenities you’re used to from back home.

Home prices are still low here. I know people who have looked into different retirement destinations all over Mexico and say they have found the best deals here. We also have an MLS, which almost nowhere else in Mexico has so it is easier find the right home for you. On the coast, you must purchase property through a bank trust but because we are inland you are allowed to own property outright through a direct deed….

This is a real community: To me, this is the most compelling reason to come here. People come to Lake Chapala for the weather and lower cost of living and end up staying because of the people. Lake Chapala still has a small-town feel to it. It seems like everyone knows everyone and the people, both Mexican and expats, are very friendly and look out for each other. This area also has the largest singles population owing to the sense of safety and community here. It is said that people are nicer here than they were back home. The Mexicans are still very warm and welcoming, largely due to the fact that most of the transplants are very cognizant that we are guests in their country and we try to be as gracious and considerate as our Mexican friends are. There is still an old-world, genteel flavor here. Mexicans embrace family, customs and tradition and tend to dote on their children and cherish their elderly. The people who come here are frequently in awe of the close ties in our community and how quickly they are welcomed and accepted. I haven’t seen anything like this anywhere else in the world, not even in other places in Mexico.

A safe and secure environment: Despite a rather negative media representation which focuses on drug related violence, Mexico is actually a top choice when it comes to safety. The conflicts which make the headlines are mostly limited to the U.S. border area; the majority of the country is virtually unaffected, and news of these unfortunate events is as distant to these areas as it is to the U.S., and in some cases, even more so. “In Lake Chapala violent crime is almost unheard of,” points out Shawn Gaffney. “In Lake Chapala, the citizens walk the streets at any time of day or night safely and confidently.” Statistics back this feeling of comfort; in most parts of Mexico, violent crime is significantly lower than in large U.S. cities.

Stunning beauty: Lake Chapala has breathtaking sunsets over the lake, and majestic mountain views. Flowers are prolific and seem saturated in bold color. There are charming cobbled streets with stone walls and fuchsia bougainvillea draped like petticoats over the tops. The best way to give you a picture is that people say it looks like Hawaii. The vivid color here is whimsical and artistic, with many murals all over the area, including some that are painted on houses and businesses. There are at least 3 waterfalls in the area and thermal springs that will transport you with their relaxing and curative properties. Sun-drenched terra-cotta tiles, mesmerizing vistas and tropical foliage make it feel like you’re on permanent vacation—but without the heat, humidity, tourists, hurricanes or expense.

Solid investment: When you’re considering a place to retire, no one wants to flush their money into an area where they would have a hard time getting it back out if they ever needed to. This area is at a steady growth rate with promise of more future growth. You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck now while knowing your money will grow here.

Slower pace of life: We can learn so much from the people here about what is truly important in life. For those who are seeking to simplify their lives, Lake Chapala should be on your short-list. This isn’t a “time is money” culture. Mexicans work to live while many of us have lived to work. In general, the people here have their priorities straight. It’s all about how you treat people and recognizing that each day is a gift to be lived fully and graciously.

Cons

Altitude: At a mile high, some people who have respiratory illnesses may find this is a little too high in altitude for them. However, some people report feeling far better here and being able to sleep better than they ever could. The elevation is also a major reason we have such a temperate climate and why the area isn’t prone to natural disasters.

Language: If you move to Mexico you’re going to have to learn at least a little of the Spanish language to get by. Some people find this daunting and intimidating. The good news is that compared to anywhere else in Mexico, English is spoken to one degree or another by most people.

Small villages: If you’re looking for a big city feel then Lake Chapala isn’t for you. Think quaint fishing villages with an old world feel and modern amenities and you’ll have the idea. However, village life has its benefits in safety and community and if you need a break from the tranquility and want to head to the big city then Guadalajara is just up the road.

Noise levels: This can be said about any area in Mexico but I still think it needs to be said. Village life is noisy with live music, church bells tolling at all hours, roosters who crow all day and night, fireworks, parades and processions, parties and cars driving by announcing everything from their wares to who has a fresh catch of fish down at the pier. On Mother’s Day, some lucky moms are woken before dawn with mariachi bands serenading them outside their window. If this would drive you crazy, then be sure to look for homes on the outskirts of the villages or in a planned development, or gated community. Thankfully, there are a lot of places to choose from to escape the noise.

Not a Business Mecca: For those young and aggressive, they will be disappointed because the Lake Chapala area is NOT a mecca for business. Business gets done but for the most part, retiree’s are slower more set in their ways and thus are not seeking big opportunities so trying to sell them something using a carrot for the future can be frustrating and will land you in the “con man” category real quick.

It is not the ocean: Lake Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake at 77 miles long and 13 miles across but if your heart is set on a daily routine of drinking a margarita on the beach with endless waves stretching out to the horizon then this isn’t for you. While this is the largest lake in Mexico and the conquistadores thought this was the ocean when they first arrived here, it is still a lake – a beautiful lake.

In short, Lake Chapala is a one in a million place with everything it offers. Of course, one size doesn’t fit all but if you’re looking for a paradise with a low-cost of living, an established English infrastructure and activities, modern amenities, near-perfect climate and a friendly and safe community, come visit Lake Chapala and see if this might be for you. Retiring in Mexico couldn’t be better.

2. Ensenada, Baja California

According to John Vogel of BajaWine.info, “In Ensenada, you have everything that a major city could have but it’s still a small family town” The weather is very temperate between 60 to 80 F mostly all year round. It’s never too hot or too cold in Enenada as it’s on the Pacific coast in a bay so it’s somewhat shielded by direct ocean winds. For expats, it’s an easy transition because Ensenada is really half Southern California half Mexico. Most speak English as the border is just 1 hour away. So travel back and forth is relatively easy. It’s a major benefit for those that want to live an Mexico lifestyle but still get the San Diego Chargers game every NFL Sunday for a little tailgating.

Pros

  • Close to US Border
  • Easy going beach weather
  • Inexpensive
  • Very little rain fall
  • Family friendly city
  • All kinds of events held almost every weekend

Cons

  • Airport is in Tijuana about 1 hour away and San Diego International Airport is about 1 hour and 30 minutes away by car albeit, there is a border crossing that could take from 1 to 3 hours depending on time of day.
  • Anti-septic Mexican culture meaning that the culture in Baja is more close to the USA culture as it’s a mixed culture. If you’re looking for authentic rustic old Mexico, Ensenada is NOT the place to be. This is San Diego South and the people of Baja are a hybrid of Mexico and USA.
  • You must have a car to get around.

3. San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

According to Rebecca Fass San Miguel de Allende is “the most wonderful place on the planet”. This place is probably the most well-to-do city in all of Mexico. With world-class arts, music, and amazing restaurants with the highest end people from all over the world, SMDA is the most exquisite classy place to live in Mexico. So if you’re looking to hob-nob with the rich, famous, artsy types, and people who really hold their own at the highest levels, SMDA is the place to be.

Klaudia Oliver says “I can´t speak for that many places in Mexico but I can certainly suggest that San Miguel is THE top destination. Why? Because there is an overriding sense of well-being which permeates the inhabitants of this beautiful colonial town. There is a swirl of social events and it’s like a college campus for baby boomers with cultural and social activities constantly”.

Pros

  • Amazing cultural beauty
  • Old Mexico meets the well-heeled traveler
  • Small town full of super interesting internationally renown people who you will get to know quickly
  • English spoken everywhere
  • 3 hours away from Mexico City and all it’s available big city offerings
  • Friendly small town atmosphere
  • Beautiful architecture and history.
  • Excellent nightlife

Cons

  • Not close to major city or airport
  • High desert elevation means it’s cold in winter and hot in summer
  • Extreme temperatures mean that in one day can go from high 80′s at high noon and then into the 40′s at night.
  • Very expensive to live.
  • Feels like living on a desert island since there is nothing within an hour away.
  • Nearest airport is in the City of Leon; about an hour and a half away.

4. Guadalajara, Jalisco

The weather is amazing; Perfect really! Guadalajara is the 2nd largest city in Mexico so if you are used to living in the city, then you will enjoy Guadalajara as it is the very best big city in Mexico. Guadalajara is not as inexpensive as it used to be but you can still find bargains if you look hard.

5. Merida, Yucatan

An old colonial city in the heart of the Yucatan jungle. It is very hot and humid mostly all year round and so you must love warm to hot weather to enjoy Merida. Amenities are excellent. According to resident expatriate, Randy Miller, “Progresso, our closest beach, is a fabulous place to swim. It’s only a short 20 minute drive from the house. There are so many things to do here; art, markets, museums, theater and so much more”.

Merida is about a 4 hour bus ride from the major resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It’s a Mexican business working city where prices are low and life is excellent.

6. Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo

Welcome to the Jungle! The Riviera Maya includes Cancun in the North, Playa del Carmen in the center and Tulum in the South and all points in between.

According to Bil Mabra , ” Even though the cost of living in the Riviera Maya is a bit higher than other areas of Mexico it is still way more affordable than in the United States or Canada.”

Even with the real estate market in the U.S. taking a huge dive, the properties in Riviera Maya are still cheaper. Consider buying something that is not right on the beach but possibly walking distance or a 5-10 car ride to the Caribbean ocean….Lastly, upkeep on your Mexican home will not cost you as much because the cost of labor is a fraction of what it is in other countries.

If you are retiring then a question everyone has is about health care. In the Riviera Maya there are 3 top hospitals—2 of them are run by a group from Spain called Hospiten. The other is the American Hospital in Cancun. Hospiten is recognized for being a top-notch medical facility the world over and is on par or above most health care facilities you find in the U.S. and Canada. Most of the doctors and nurses that work at Hospiten are bi-lingual so even if your Spanish is not that great you can still communicate very effectively.

It is an every day occurence for people to migrate from the U.S. to have all types of medical procedures—everything from cosmetic surgery to heart bypasses and everything in between – done in Mexico. Compare the cost of healthcare and medications in Mexico to the cost in other countries and you will find the cost is usually more than 50% less.

The Riviera Maya climate is tropical but the actual daily temperature does not vary that much from the winter time to the summer time. Yes, summertime there is more humidity and it gets hot but typically there are only 3 months of the year where it is very hot from July to September. A lot of people take their vacations during this time if they want a little break from the heat. The other 9 months of the year it is very comfortable.

Highs in the winter time are usually around 84 degrees fahrenheit with lows in the high 60s to low 70s. Highs in the summertime are typically around 93 to 95 degrees with more humidity in the hottest months. If you come from a colder climate it takes a few months to get acclimated but once you do it sure is nice wearing your shorts and flip-flops in January and February.

Living in the Riviera Maya also allows many people to get in and out of the country very easy. There is an international airport in Cancun servicing many major cities daily in the U.S. and Canada and another airport is now being built near Tulum. Getting to and from the Riviera Maya of Mexico has never been easier.

As far as amenities go, how about going shopping at Wal-mart, Costco or Sam’s Club and then going to have lunch at Applebee’s? Yes, now in this area of Mexico there are mostly all the creature comforts which all of us have grown accustomed to such as high speed and wireless Internet, satellite TV and GSM mobile phones.

20 years ago, this was a small fishing community – from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. Now, because of the influx of European and Mexico City money, this area has exploded. This is good for many reason, people choosing to now move and live here, have all the necessary amenities that one could need. The beaches are some of the best in the world. Miles and miles of white sand and beautiful Caribbean warm waters.

7. Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Mazatlan is a local Mexican resort city. It is older, inexpensive, and has a wonderful older downtown with excellent cultural rustic Mexican life. Excellent seafood in this very unique resort town.

8. Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Life in the pacific tropics is excellent in Puerto Vallarta. Lovely fun downtown, great restaurants. Prices are relatively high for Mexico and so it’s not for the budget retiree.

9. La Paz, Baja California Sur

Inexpensive city life on the Sea of Cortes near Cabo San Lucas, La Paz is a family friendly small city. It’s very hot so it’s not for those that love colder climates.

10. San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

Randy Bowser, who’s lived in Mexico for over 10 years says, ”I lived in San Cristobal de las Casa for 1 year and have to say really liked it a lot. The truest of Mexican culture exists in San Cristobal. It’s 5000ft above see level. It does have a chilly feel to the climate year round but the beauty of the area is well worth the trade-off. It’s not really a viable place to live for the younger generation but for those retiring from life and wanting a slow, relaxed, peaceful existence, then this would be the place for you. It’s a magical place.

Living In Mexico: Easy, Inexpensive, And Close To Home

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By: internationalliving.com

High cost of living got you down? But you don’t want to leave the comforts and convenience of home?

Maybe it’s time to start thinking about relocating…and living in Mexico. Here’s why:

• The peso-to-dollar value is high—your dollar goes farther on everything from food and beverages to household supplies to Mexican real estate. And have no worries about the Mexican economy. It’s among the top 14 economies in the world, despite the global recession.

There are many reasons why you might want to consider a move to Mexico. But first….

If you’d like to learn more about why you might want to live in Mexico, we have a special Report just for you. Called “Why Millions of Americans are Moving to Mexico,” it provides the facts and information about Mexico the mainstream media won’t tell you.

You’ll learn all about the economy, visa requirements, how to get your pet into Mexico, and more. Learn about the top cities for expats in Mexico and decide which Mexico city is right for you. You’ll read the truth about safety and security in Mexico…and learn just how much it will cost you to live there. And…you’ll get the inside scoop on how to buy Mexico real estate – including five things to do before you sign anything.

HOW SAFETY IS MEXICO

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By: howsafeismexico.com

Mexico is safer than other popular destinations. 

Mexico, one of the world’s great travel destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the U.S. border, the majority of Mexico’s key tourism areas are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas.  COMPARE POPULAR TRAVEL DESTINATIONS >

The Yucatan is as safe as rural U.S. states.

The magnificent beaches and ancient ruins of the Mexican State of Yucatan are among the safest and most spectacular resort beaches in the world. Yucatan’s low homicide rate is lower than the rural U.S. States of Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and North Dakota, West Virginia and several others.  COMPARE U.S. CITIES TO MEXICO >

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Mexico City is 4 times safer than Washington D.C.

The U.S. State Department in Washington issues warnings about Mexico, yet Washington D.C. is four times more deadly than Mexico City. Washington’s murder rate has been cut almost in half in the last 10 years, but it still averages 24 per 100,000 vs. only 8-9 per 100,000 in Mexico City. How do you suppose the U.S. State department would feel if the Mexican government posted travel warnings for the U.S. capital? Mexico City is a cultural treasure that is larger than New York, London or Paris. In fact, it is about the same size as London and Paris combined.   LEARN WHICH AREAS OF MEXICO ARE SAFEST >

Understanding the size and scope of Mexico.

Mexico is the 14th largest country on the planet. Its famous beaches and cultural treasures are hundreds of miles away from isolated border violence. In fact, the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory recommends avoiding only 4 of the country’s 31 states. Take a 60-second crash course in Mexican geography and you’ll feel smarter and safer.  LEARN WHY SIZE MATTERS >

“Mexico’s violence not as widespread as it seems.”  

After months of sensationalized stories about Mexico’s border violence, USA Today finally published a story about the media hype. While the story itself became an excuse to re-tell some of the sensational tales, it did set the record straight by comparing U.S. and Mexican homicide figures.  COMPARE VIOLENCE STATISTICS >

Politics & Profits drive sensational media.

Why is Mexico shown in a negative light? There is money to be made by sensationalizing violence. Drug cartels launch graphic attacks to secure and protect their turf. Media firms hype stories to sell more ads or magazines. And powerful politicians have an interest in slowing the growth of Latino voters in the U.S. Each group enhances perceptions with ulterior motives. The reality is simple: if you are in the drug trade looking for trouble, you can find it. If you are visiting Mexico’s touristic areas, you are safer than you are in many U.S. touristic areas.

FINDING THE PERFECT PLACE TO RETIRE IN MEXICO

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By:internationalliving.com

When you make the decision to retire to Mexico, you must next think about your priorities as you consider a more specific retirement destination within the country. Fortunately, Mexico is such a diverse nation that you can have it all. You don’t have to choose between water or mountains; here, you can have them both at the same time. And because of geographic diversity, you can also choose the climate to enjoy during your Mexican retirement: from hot and dry in the north, to hot and humid in the south, to spring-like temperatures all year round in parts of the Colonial Highlands.

You can also own the home of your dreams in Mexico–for much less than it would cost you most anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. The real estate market offers endless possibilities for your retirement in Mexico: You can buy land and build the house you always wanted to own, you can buy a colonial gem and have fun restoring it to its original splendor, or you can opt for a modern home in the city, or a villa in a gated community. You can retire on the Mexican beachfront, on a golf course, on a lakeshore, or in the mountains. You can also retire in a condo or in a house, in the city or in the country — the possibilities are virtually limitless. In fact, you could even retire on a ranch with farm animals, if that’s what your heart desires.

LIFESTYLE IN MEXICO

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By:mexicolivingnow.com

Although there is poverty in Mexico, there is also a large percentage of Mexicans who hold graduate degrees and there are many very wealthy Mexicans. There is also a middle class, which is a level quickly disappearing in the United States and other countries internationally. The uneducated and poorer class of Mexicans live mainly in the very rural areas of the country.

While living in Mexico, you will experience an atmosphere reminiscent of post-WWII in North America, when the all family members lived together or next door to one another. The elders are always revered and cared for, with grandparents being an integral part of the lives of their grandchildren.

Mexican families still invest in family business. Family members work hard and put in long hours. The Mexican people are resourceful and enterprising, taking great pride in their work.

If you value a traditional lifestyle, and enjoy a vacation style living, you’ll love living, working or retiring in Mexico.

Retirement Benefits & Banking in Mexico

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By: mexicolivingnow.com

If you are of retirement age, one of your major concerns will undoubtedly be about receiving your Social Security benefits in Mexico. Have no fear. There is no problem with relocating and having a new address outside of the country. All that is needed is a notification of change of address while you maintain a direct deposit into your United States Bank. Any mail from the Social Security Office will be sent to you via air mail. Recommended bank for U.S. / Mexico banking is Citibank located in California. If you are from the United States, you can open a “friendship” account which is linked with Banamex USA and Banamex Mexico for quick access to your dollars at ATM’S everywhere throughout Mexico, conveniently converted into pesos upon withdrawal at the daily exchange rate offered by the bank.

ARE ADULTS REALLY TECH-CHALLENGED?

By: Steve Tobak │FOXBusiness

“If you are no longer a child, you are already past your peak of technological understanding, and heading for the digital scrapheap.”

That’s according to a recent Wall Street Journal article about age and technology.

It’s Silicon Valley’s dirty little secret and the premature nail in the career coffins of a generation of baby boomers. And it’s quickly becoming common doctrine: If you’re older than 30, you’re over the hill because 6-year-olds know technology better than you do.

If you can’t simultaneously download and configure an app, watch a YouTube video, play a game and text, it’s the modern day equivalent of not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time. You are just plain digitally handicapped.

The WSJ article continued to say: “Six-year-olds show more knowledge of technology than a 45-year-old, and after our teenage years digital confidence begins a long decline.”

The article cites an annual study by U.K. communications regulatorOfcom. Near as I can tell, there’s nothing fundamentally flawed in the research. The problem is the broad misinterpretation and misreporting of the data by the media. Sensational sound bites are being taken out of context and generalized all over Facebook and Twitter.

The unfortunate result is reinforcement of yet another generational stereotype gone wild. And besides being so not cool, it’s reportedly led to widespread age discrimination in the hiring process, especially in the heart of high-tech America where the median age at companies like Facebook and Google is in the upper 20s.

Let me explain something about aging. Yes, you may lose some dexterity with age. Your muscles lose elasticity, your joints lose flexibility and your brain loses plasticity. But that does not mean you cannot be as good with technology as someone half your age.

Yes, I know that millennials grew up with technology, but you know what? So did a lot of baby boomers … sort of. Those like me who spent their entire careers in the high-tech industry may be turning a little gray, but that does not mean we fit this ludicrous stereotype.

The research is based on a “digital quotient” or DQ test that Ofcom devised. According to the study, the peak average score of 113 was achieved by 14 and 15 year olds. Well, I took an abbreviated version of the test and scored 123. Want to know what that means? Not a thing. The test was essentially meaningless.

Is it good that I know about Snapchat or Google Glass? Is it earth shattering that I prefer to text than to talk on the phone? Does it matter that I’ve always been my family’s IT manager? Is it important that I know about 4G and broadband technology? Is it an epiphany that I’d be lost without technology … for probably two weeks until I’d adapt as we all would?

I may not have literally grown up with digital technology, but my generation and my industry brought microprocessors, software, personal computers, the internet, and email to the masses. The extension to smartphones, messaging, and social media is almost trivial.

And get this: Apps didn’t start with iPhones and Android. I’ve been using, configuring and troubleshooting apps since before millennials were born. Not only that, but once upon a time I could code. I designed chips. I managed computer systems – real minicomputers based on Unix and VMS.

Not only am I not digitally handicapped, I’ve got a huge advantage over the proverbial kids of today. Let’s compare generational stereotype to generational stereotype, shall we? I know when to disconnect and shut down. I actually have a life. I don’t have a personal brand or persona, but a real reputation and a real personality.

And you know what else? I still have what’s left of an attention span. I can still read a book. I still show people respect by not using my phone during a conversation, a meeting or a meal. I have real relationships because I grew up socializing with real people in the real world.

Whew. Let’s take a deep breath and bring this back down to Earth.

Look, I’ve been espousing the evils of generational stereotypes for years. I’m just going a little over-the-top here to make a point. Each one of us is a unique individual with distinct differences and capabilities. And judging people any other way – for personal or professional reasons – is simply ludicrous.

The problems with the U.K. study and the way it’s being communicated are simple.

First, the questions that make up the DQ are highly superficial. They don’t measure anything but knowledge of phrases and how you use certain popular and consumer technology. It says nothing about your capability with respect to that technology or anything else, for that matter.

Second, the study is of a snapshot in time. The whole idea of technological knowledge and understanding peaking at a certain age is purely situational because the age of digital technology began during the baby boomer generation and came of age with millennials.

Sure, if you’re older and just now starting to use a PC or a smartphone for the first time, it will be challenging. But then, you have the knowledge, hands-on experience, common sense, reasoning ability and wisdom of a lifetime. And that value is incalculable.

Of course children easily adapt to new things. It’s the same with technology as it is with languages. It’s what their brains do. And you know what? Just as I never lost my facility and fascination with technology as I aged, neither will they.

So let me just say this once and for all: There is no real correlation between age and technological capability. It’s just a myth. What is real, however, is the damage that myth does to real people’s careers and lives, all in the name of chasing page views and Twitter followers.