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Switzerland best, India among worst places to grow old

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Published on September 11, 2015 with No Comments

India ranks among the worst places in the world for older people, while Switzerland is the best, according to a global ranking of world’s best and worst places to grow old. India was ranked 71st out of 96 countries in the Global AgeWatch Index 2015 compiled by HelpAge International network of charities, in partnership with University of Southampton in Britain.

The index assessed the social and economic well-being of the older pop ulation in 96 countries and found Afghanistan, ranked last, to be the worst place for older people to live.

For developing the index, the researchers measured the lives of older people in four key areas: income; health; education and employment and the enabling environment.

“The country ranks low in the income security domain (72), with pension income coverage (28.9%) and gross national income per capita (US$4,991) below regional averages (49% and US$10,237 respectively),“ the report said. The annual index represents 91 % of the world’s population aged 60 and over, amounting to some 901 million people.

Switzerland (No 1) tops the index, alongside Norway (2), Sweden (5), Germany (4) and Canada (5). Apart from Japan (8) all the top 10 countries are in Western Europe and North America.


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