Getting old is one of the most natural things that occur with time. And with age, we tend to bend towards a certain type of life which is different from what we wanted in our youth. But choosing between countries to settle down has always been hard.
By the census done by HelpAge International, an international non-governmental organization that helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination, and overcome poverty. They developed a Global AgeWatch Index, which compares the quality of life of older citizens in different countries all over the world. Based on this they have ranked the countries around the world. So, read along to find the 10 best countries to grow old in.
Playing a home to more than 2 million people over 60 years old, Switzerland is the peaceful destination we all look forward to settling down. Complete with government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, clean environment, economic competitiveness and human development, this place is one that people aspire for settling in.
This Alpine country hence easily tops the list without much contradiction and is still one of the most sought after and peaceful places for the later years of life.The weather though slightly chilly is not too cold and thus gives people an opportunity to light the age old practice of fireplace in the house with chimneys giving them an ancient look.
Another one of the North European lists, Norway is also one of the most wanted on the list. Scoring above average in almost all fields in life but it particularly stands out in the capability domain as it boasts a very high employment rate (71.1%) and educational attainment (98.3%) among older people, making it a perfect living choice for the old age.
Though the country is slightly expensive to live in and it takes a while to getting used to the high cost of living. But with the strong government help, all older people receive a retirement pension, the amount of this pension varying to the past income.
Home to more than 2.5 million people above 60 years of age, Sweden is another old age favorite destination. Known for its high living standards, excellent healthcare, civil liberties, high per capita income and general prosperity
With all this available, the elderly of the town are obviously very happy with their lives. And in addition, the country provides with an array of beautiful natural destinations making it a perfect home.
Shocking eh? Well, as per the latest census out of the 82.2 million population of Germany, 22.3 million are over the age of 60 years. Constituting as the fourth best country to grow old in, Germany has an employment rate (63.5%) and educational attainment (96.4%).
Compared to the other countries, Germany is quite reasonable including The prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events and other specifics. In addition, the country is a natural beauty mixed with the civil facilities. Who wouldn't want to live there?
Including around 8 million population over the age of 60 years of age, Canada provides one of the cleanest environments on Earth. Performing performs the best in the domain of health and is one of the first options for people, especially from the South- Asian area.
The most friendly country complete with donuts and coffee it, it is the easiest place to make friends and thus gives a homely feeling to people staying there.
Having a population of 4.2 million over the age of 60 years, this Western European country has above average values on all indicators in the enabling environment domain, low old age poverty rate and 100% pension income coverage.
Providing the perfect safe environment for living, with proper living standards, this is also a well literate country, with 81% of the elder people having secondary or higher education.
With this, it is appropriate to say that the people are adjusting and friendly thus making the place ideal for habitation. Also, a special mention needs to be made for the beautiful old look complete with barns and wind mills giving the place a countryside feel.
Though the smallest and one of the low-mercury level on the list, Iceland still makes it to the list of the best countries for old age. Aside from the natural paradise, Iceland has 100% pension income coverage, very low old age poverty and great values on both life expectancy at 60 and healthy life expectancy at 60.
The older generation of Iceland is highly regarded and is provided with social connectedness, safety, civic freedom and public transport. This is an ideal place because it gives the feeling freedom and self-independence to the people making them happy in the general life.
Moving to the East side of the world, Japan poses an unequivocal choice of a habitation with 41.9 million people above the age group of 60 years. With this, we can say Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world and the highest proportion of older people in the world.
As is in their culture, the Japanese treat their old with respect and the older Japanese enjoy healthy lives, high safety, civic freedom and social connectedness. Though it ranks lowest in the income domain, however, they are still above the regional and Index averages for pension income coverage.
9 United States
One of the most populous countries, US homes a population of 66.5 million people above the age of 60 years. It ranks the highest in the employment rate, educational facilities and capability domain.
Though safety is often a thing concerned about Older Americans also enjoy relatively high safety and social connectedness, making it easy for them to choose this as their home. This is one of the countries for people who crave the concrete life style with all the facilities, though it still has some of the most beautiful natural wonders.
10 United Kingdom
Housing over 14.9 million people above the age of 60 years, the United Kingdom ranks consistently high in all domains.
The one trait why people choose this place over others is that it stands out in the enabling environment domain as a vast majority of the British elderly are satisfied with their social connections, safety, civic freedom and access to public transport, making it a perfect place to settle down.
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