Top 10 habitable countries for people who are 60 and above
Ready to figure out which countries you should consider relocating to or just visiting more often as you start to get older? Keep reading and you'll find out!
When we consider how tough life on Earth can be for many, it seems befitting to save the best for the autumn of life...
The population of people over 60 across the globe is on the rise with the recent increase in life expectancy for most countries. In fact, research has shown that the population of geriatrics is expected to hit 2.1 billion in 2050, a whopping figure if one considers its recent number of 901 million people.
In a bid to ease the burdens that come with living as one starts to clock 60 years and above, the Global AgeWatch Index has assessed 96 countries and provided a list of the best countries to live in for persons who are 60 and above.
Coming in on the ranks as 1st, Switzerland is by far the best country for seniors to live in. Persons aged 60 years are expected to live an average of 25 additional years and 19 of those years are likely to be in perfect state of health.
Elders in this country have the government to thank for putting in place such an enabling environment as well as programs and policies which serve to prioritize the geriatrics population health.
Norway ranks high on this list because of the high employment rate and educational standards for older adults in the country. When compared to the regional average, Norway has an impressive employment rate of 71% for the elderly as well as the lowest poverty rate of 1.8%, also for the older population.
And that's not all: pensions for persons aged 65 and above are paid 100% in full. Sounds too good to ignore, right?
This is another country in the region that has a high employment rate and educational achievements for its population aged 60 and above. Elderly people in Sweden also have more satisfaction, feel safer, socialize well and have access to better public transportation.
There's this popular belief that anything made in Germany is expected to have a longer durability. Perhaps this is also the reason why the older German population also have a better life.
Life expectancy and geriatrics health status seem to be at par with those of other countries in the region. However, Germany is also the second highest when it comes to educational attainments among elderly individuals.
Filling in as 5th position on this list, Canada boasts of a standardized healthcare system which accounts for the high life expectancy in the country. Apart from this, Canada has a 97.7% pension coverage and poverty rate below 6.8% which is lower than the regional average.
Netherlands is another country to live in if you're an older adult looking to spend your latter days as one of your best.
The old-age poverty rate for Netherlands sits at 3% and there's 100% pension coverage for people ages 65 and above. Feedback from older adults show that there's a higher satisfaction and freedom to express their social and civil rights.
Yes, despite its harsh climate Iceland is quite high this list!
Forget the extreme cold in this country, older people have it best in Iceland for several reasons. The health status of elderly people is given a priority which is evident in the increased life expectancy of 25 more years after age 60. 18 of those years are expected to be in good health.
There's also an overall higher satisfaction and socialization among the older Iceland citizens.
No other country in the world has a higher elderly population than Japan. The country has a third of its entire population as older adults aged 60 and above!
The reason behind this isn't far-fetched as Japan ranks first in geriatrics health care standards. There's an additional 26 years life expectancy for individuals aged 60, with 20 or more of those years expected to be in a healthy state.
#9 United States of America
If you thought the US wasn't gonna make this top 10 list, sorry to burst your bubble. Ranking number 9 among the best countries for elderly people to live in, the US prides herself in impressive educational attainments for people aged 60 and above.
Reports from older people across the country also revealed a feeling of satisfaction, security, positive social interactions and similar regional average life expectancy.
#10 United Kingdom
To round off our list for the 10 best habitable countries for people aged 60 and beyond, we have the UK in position 10. The country has a pension coverage of 100% for individuals aged 65 and above. Old-age poverty rate in the UK is 9.3% which is above the regional average.
There you have it, the best countries for elderly people to live in.
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