What Country is the Best Place for Older People to Live?

Health Professional

According to Global AgeWatch 2015,Switzerland is the best place to live if you are older. Representing about 901 million people and the information measures their lives over four key areas: health, employment, education and their enabling environment.

By 2030 it is estimated that there will be more people over 60 than under the age of 5. This index gives us a picture of the social and economic wellbeing of people over the age of 60 years in 96 countries around the world now.

Global AgeWatch constructed and developed by HelpAge International, uses data compiled by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNESCO, International Labour Organization and the Gallup World Poll.

The data that has been compiled can be used as a tool to measure changes and progress of countries various policies and practices. It is always good to look at how countries differ and make comparisons of the wellbeing of their aging populations. Previously the shortage of data on older people has excluded them from helping in policy provision and in future development of this growing group of citizens.

So, if Switzerlandis the number one place to live where does your country come in the Global Ranking Table ?

Top 10:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Norway
  3. Sweden
  4. Germany
  5. Canada
  6. Netherlands
  7. Iceland
  8. Japan
  9. United States of America
  10. United Kingdom.

The places you don’t want to live if you are over 60 are…

Bottom 10 countries:

87. Iraq

88. Uganda

89. Rwanda

90. Zambia

91. Tanzania

92. Pakistan

93. West Bank and Gaza

94. Mozambique

95. Malawi

96. Afghanistan