Global Agewatch Index

The Global AgeWatch Index provides an analysis of results by region. It measures four key domains for older people, covering the most crucial aspects of their wellbeing, experience and opportunities. These are: income security, health status, capability, and the enabling environment – factors that older people say are necessary for them to be able to function independently. Each domain has a value score, and the average is used to calculate the final ranking.

The Global AgeWatch Index ranks countries according to the social and economic wellbeing of older people.The world’s population is ageing. As fertility declines and life expectancy increases, the proportion of people aged 60 and over is projected to grow in all regions of the world.Countries are ranked from 1 to 96, with 1 being the highest rank. The higher the rank, the better the quality of life for older people.

This year, Switzerland (1) is at the top, while Afghanistan (96) remains at the bottom. As in 2013 and 2014, the top 19 places are taken by industrialised nations. Africa is overrepresented at the bottom, with countries from the region occupying seven of the 10 lowest places.

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