Top 10 countries to grow old in

Are you living in one of the top 10 countries in which to grow old?

Top 10 countries to grow old in

Are you living in one of the top 10 countries in which to grow old? Sadly not, according to Age International's 2015 Global AgeWatch Index.

Australia ranks 17th in the overall list of countries where it’s better to grow old. The lowly ranking is due mainly to the alarmingly high rate of poverty among older Australians.

However, Australian National University sociologist Peter Whiteford said that if a broader view was taken on the measure of wealth, the report would be more favourable to Australia, which ranked 62nd on this measure alone. "Once you take account of housing and financial wealth, Australia's ranking would improve dramatically," he said. "Rather than ranking 62nd out of 96 countries, we are likely to be in the top 20."

There is good news, though, with Australia ranking 4th in regards to health.

With 12.3 per cent of the world's population aged 60+ (901 million people), and with this to grow to 16.5 per cent (1402 million people) by 2030, knowing where is best to grow old might help you make important decisions.

These are the top 10 countries in which to grow old:

1. Switzerland

2. Norway

3. Sweden

4. Germany

5. Canada

6. Netherlands

7. Iceland

8. Japan

9. United States

10. United Kingdom

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    Kaz
    9th Oct 2015
    10:13am
    Most of them too cold for me!
    Sundays
    9th Oct 2015
    12:15pm
    Me too! Even parts of Australianare too cold. Seriously, more weight should be given to a wider range of things that affect people's health and welfare as mentioned by others
    particolor
    8th Jan 2016
    4:49pm
    Any wonder the Spongers head for those Country's !! :-(
    Sevi
    9th Oct 2015
    10:34am
    First 7 are bitterly cold and the homes cost a fortune to heat, the good side is the germs get killed off. Japan is very cold and full of people. The latter 2? Lived in both, as far as I'm concerned Australia is still the very best place ever
    MICK
    9th Oct 2015
    10:46am
    Japan is also highly polluted. Not cold in summer though.
    buby
    11th Oct 2015
    10:45am
    It doesn't cost a fortune to heat. Go Solar, and for electricty, and your half winning the battle. But don't you worry where there is growth, there will also be POLLUtion.
    I Am suffering from that NOW, and lack of decent housing, which should have been addressed by government. They should have been investing IN us. NOT into WAll street, where they lost Millions, and hundreds of thousands of everybodies SUPER!!!
    I hope OUR new PM, can work our the Budget, Better than those of the past!!!.
    particolor
    8th Jan 2016
    4:51pm
    What New Prime Minister ?? We haven't ELECTED one yet !! :-)
    MICK
    9th Oct 2015
    10:41am
    Surely "wealth" is one of the minor considerations to a healthy retirement. The almighty dollar is the one thing which tears families apart and I would have thought a better measure would have been 'happiness' rather than bank accounts.
    Certainly some of the top 10 are wonderful places but would you really want to live in gun crazy US with its culture of rich 1% and poverty 99% or cold UK? I thought so.
    buby
    11th Oct 2015
    10:47am
    I certainly they are a bit weird making such a comment....Its a laugh alright, i wouldn't live in the USA, with their crazy Gun culture, and yeh i believe its not all about the money. It should be about the balance, and the outcomes.......And Australia, is lacking in that and has been for years. Time to PULL OUR socks MR PM???
    MILA
    11th Oct 2015
    1:16pm
    U.S.A. is fine: such a huge country and many choices. Other countries not only have horrible long long Winters but, few green spaces and, high cost of living., Those who have been in America.....know , that U.S.A., can be a good place: of course. all depends on where you go and what is appealing to each of us.
    Adrianus
    12th Oct 2015
    9:04am
    mick you are expecting a lot from your "perfect" government. There are elements of happiness which can only be created by the end user. Very hypocritical of you to pretend to despise wealth when it provides for you a basic foundation for your personal happiness. Of course typical communist propaganda from you again. The USA is a land of opportunity. as is Australia, for those who choose to see it that way.
    Saalbach
    13th Oct 2015
    1:00pm
    Can't believe some of the comments here - just spent another holiday in Europe and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful open spaces and greenery in Switzerland and Germany. They have a far better idea of how to utilise their land for the common good. Sorry Frank, but I think you have things a bit wrong - I am sure Mick (like most of us) consider wealth in this context to be more than enough to provide the basic foundation you speak of. Pity your personal antagonism towards Mick flavours your opinions.
    Paulodapotter
    8th Jan 2016
    5:18pm
    Generally people love to live in the country of their birth, so it's not unusual that Aussies prefer to live in Australia. Aussies are continually amazed that people prefer to live in other countries other than Australia. It's just another example of our parochialism and ignorance. I've lived in the US, the UK and spent time in many other places. If I was forced to choose another country to live in, I'm sure I would enjoy the experience, even if I preferred to be back home. People don't leave their country en masse unless they have to. They still love the home they were forced to leave. Is that so unusual? The fact is, there are many countries that provide better health outcomes for their people than Australia expecially for the elderly and infirm. The Netherlands is a good example. They would be horrified at the standard of our care of the elderly, particularly the care of those with Alzeimers or Dementia. We're an ignorant lot.
    Bones
    9th Oct 2015
    10:47am
    I'm getting the feeling that australia doesn't get cold and homes are cheap to heat! I've just returned from a hot euro summer and yes winter gets cold, but they have the same as us. .....insulation, double glazing ,wood heating ,electric heating and cheap gas heating.
    Aus and Europe, not a good comparison, more horses for courses, oh yes, that cooler come is, I understand, better for ones skin
    Adrianus
    9th Oct 2015
    4:27pm
    We often forget that Tasmania is part of Australia.
    Brissiegirl
    9th Oct 2015
    4:38pm
    Tasmania seems to have three cold months, the rest being a climate that allows for many and varied activities. Beautiful scenery, nice lifestyle, affordable real estate in good areas with nice views, one hour flight to Melbourne from Hobart. A little bit of everything and somewhat insulated from the deterioration of our large over-populated capital cities and sprawlling suburbs. The go to place, I'd say.
    Adrianus
    9th Oct 2015
    4:49pm
    I recently lived in Tasmania for a short time and loved it. I am puzzled though, why it is they have bag limits on lake and stream trout fishing. Obviously not everyone is at my skill level.

    9th Oct 2015
    11:15am
    Poverty rates amongst older Australians are below those of Venezuela. We aren't the lucky country that we have been brainwashed to believe.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2015
    2:54pm
    Not sure I can believe that Australia is poverty stricken. Why do you think the third world is coming here? The easy life!
    marls
    9th Oct 2015
    3:28pm
    mick is all about welfare and free housing at yours and mine expense
    Sundays
    9th Oct 2015
    6:24pm
    You've read the stats incorrectly Jackie. We're still above Venezuela! Buts that is all they are, Statistics. I'd love to know how they conducted their survey and the sample size. Also, nothing about the rate of homelessness, and of course a lot of these smaller countries would have much better transport than Australia with its vast expanses. I do believe though that the expectatinons of the Baby Boomers is much higher than previous generations.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2015
    8:11pm
    ???? Brain dead marls! Yours is a 'Frank' comment.
    Saalbach
    13th Oct 2015
    1:02pm
    Well said Mick - perhaps Frank and Marls know each other? One is enough!
    particolor
    8th Jan 2016
    4:58pm
    HEAR ! HEAR !! :-)
    particolor
    8th Jan 2016
    5:00pm
    Pension Plus Retainer and You too can talk like that Saalbach ! :-) :-)
    loraines
    9th Oct 2015
    11:36am
    I migrated here from the UK 27 years ago for a better way of life, and now I find I have to work until I am 67, instead of 60, and because we can't afford to take holidays away and so bought a little holiday home, I am outside the assets test level for a pension anyway. Then the UK took away the British pension I had paid for while I worked fulltime there for 15 years.
    I now have $30,000 saved in my super after the GFC drastically crashed my investor-advised super fund. People on the streets will have more to live on than I will, or else I will have to work until I die.
    MICK
    9th Oct 2015
    2:54pm
    Did you vote for this government 2 years ago?
    Oz in Or
    21st Dec 2017
    6:45pm
    I totally disagree with the USA being at number 9. My wife and I have recently returned to Australia after 5 years in the USA. We came home because we are financially far better placed here.(The social service agreement between the USA and Australia is a US scam. It's all in the favour of the US). PLUS, the huge proportion of tasteless GMO foods in the USA are awful.


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