One of the things that you cannot control is the passage of time and its brunt on the human body. As time passes by, the thought process takes a certain turn, the one demanding a peaceful, settled and comfortable life, one that’s a little different from what you fight for in your youth. But to choose among the places offered by the world, to narrow done one place could obviously be a tough choice, especially if you are one of those who like to plan their moves carefully.
Taking help from a census done by HelpAge International and the Global AgeWatch Index, we have developed up a list of the most habitable places on the Earth for the older children we all are running to become:
Playing home to more than 2 million people who’ve crossed the mark of 60, Switzerland is that peaceful destination we all look forward to settling down in. Exhibiting a complete government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, clean environment, economic competitiveness and human development, this place is one that none of us would say no to. This Alpine country hence easily tops the list without much contradiction, and is still one of the most sought after and peaceful places for the later years of life. The weather, though reasonably chilly, is not too cold and thus gives people an opportunity to light the age old practice of fireplace in the house with chimneys giving them an ancient look.
Another one of the North European list, Norway is also one of the most wanted on the list. Scoring above average in almost all fields in life, it particularly stands out in the capability domain as it boasts a very high employment rate (71.1%) and educational attainment (98.3%) among older people, making it a perfect living choice for the old age. Though the country is slightly expensive to live in and it takes a while to getting used to the high cost of living; but with the strong government structure, the older generation in the place receive retirement pension, the amount of which is dependant on the past income.
Home to more than 2.5 million people above 60 years of age, Sweden is another old age favourite destination. Known for its high living standards, excellent healthcare, civil liberties, high per capita income and general prosperity, Sweden is one of the premier choices in the list of the people looking for retirement homes. With all this available, the elderly of the town are obviously very happy with their lives. And in addition, the country provides with an array of beautiful natural destinations, making it a perfect home.
One of the most shocking additions in the list, Germany makes to the list with about 82.2 million population of the place crossing the border of 60 years. Counted as the 4th best place to be in the old generation, Germany has an excellent occupation rate among the elderly (63.5%) and above the charts educational attainment of 96.4%, making it one of the most welcoming places in the world for the ones who are too many years young. When pitched against other countries, Germany is quite reasonable among things like food, clothing, accommodation, cultural events and other specifics. That, along with some of the best sites nature has to offer, makes the land of Oktoberfest as much a favourite among the oldies as the youngsters.
Housing about 8 million people over the age of 60 years of age, Canada provides one of the cleanest environments on Earth. Performing the best in the domain of health, the maple land earns its name as one of the first options for people, especially from the South-Asian area. The friendliest country complete with donuts and coffee it, it is the easiest place to make friends and thus, gives a homely feeling to people staying there.
Having a population of 4.2 million over the age of 60 years, this Western European country has above average values on all indicators in the enabling environment domain, low old age poverty rate and 100% pension income coverage. Providing the perfect safe environment for living, with proper living standards, this is also a well literate country, with 81% of the elder people having secondary or higher education. Considering all these factors, it is appropriate to say that the people are adjusting and friendly, thus making the place ideal for habitation. Also, a special mention needs to be made for the beautiful old look complete with barns and wind mills, giving the place a perfect countryside aura!
Though often regarded as one of the coldest places in the world and one of the smallest on the list, Iceland earns its position as a mecca for the elderly to settle with comfort. This is possible with its 100% pension income coverage, very low old age poverty and great values on both life expectancy at 60 and healthy life expectancy at 60. Another fact advocating you to choose Iceland is the regard the country holds for its older generation, providing them with social connections, civic freedom, safety and connectivity. Rendering the most ideal environment for nature lovers, this place welcomes them to live with an inherent sense of freedom.
Moving to the East side of the world, Japan poses an unequivocal choice of habitation with 41.9 million people above the age group of 60 years. With this, we can say Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world and the highest proportion of older people across the globe. As is in their culture, the Japanese treat their old with respect and the older Japanese enjoy healthy lives, high safety, civic freedom and social connectedness. Though it ranks lowest in the income domain, however, they are still above the regional and Index averages for pension income coverage. All in all, Japanese are the cutest and the friendliest ones on the chart.
9. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
One of the most populous countries, the US houses a population of 66.5 million people above the age of 60 years. It ranks the highest in the employment rate, educational facilities and capability domain. Though, safety is often a thing people are concerned, contrary to the normal believes, the Older Americans enjoy relatively high safety and social connectedness, making it easy for them to choose this as their home. This is one of the countries for people who crave the concrete life style with all the facilities, though it still has some of the most beautiful natural wonders too.
10. UNITED KINGDOM
Housing over 14.9 million people above the age of 60 years, the United Kingdom ranks consistently high in all domains of life care. The one trait why people choose this place over others is that it stands out in the enabling environment domain, as a vast majority of the British elderly are satisfied with their social connections, safety, civic freedom and access to public transport, making it a perfect place to settle down.