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A new report by Global AgeWatch, which focuses on the wellbeing of older people around the world, ranks Norway and Sweden as the best places to live out your old age; the United States came in at eighth place, just after Iceland. Not surprisingly Afghanistan is the last place on Earth that the elderly would want to call home.
The research showed that “economic growth alone will not improve older people’s wellbeing and specific policies need to be put in place to address the implications of ageing.”
“The unprecedented rate and speed of population ageing [globally] presents policy makers with a challenge.” said Toby Porter, Chief Executive of HelpAge International. “Only if they act now will they have a chance to meet the needs of their citizens and keep their economies going.”
The Association of Mature American Citizens noted that the U.S. population is growing older at a fast pace and that America’s elderly are, perhaps, more engaged in the political process than anywhere else in the world. Thus, they are in a better position to influence policies that impact the lifestyles of senior citizens.