In early October the NGO Help Age International, active in Elderly people’s rights protection around the world, launched the tool called “AgeWatch”
which is nothing more than an index, a pioneer in global terms in measuring the quality of life and well-being of older people.
This index is based on recent data from the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNESCO, International Labour Organization and Gallup World Tour. In addition, the tool HelpAge International, benefited from a global advisory panel of more than 40 experts on aging, health, social protection and human development.
The “AgeWatch” promotes a better understanding of the different “old age” around the world, since their data include 89% of the elderly in 91 countries.
The tool is of great value to the government and public officials, as it is a macro view is possible on the various aspects tangents to old age and aging compared to other countries.
The countries listed are assessed through four main areas: income security, health, employment / education and supportive environment, contemplated through the following indicators:
• old age poverty rate
• Welfare relative (income and consumption)
• GDP per capita
• Psychological well-being / mental
• Education levels
• Social connections
• Physical security
• Civic Freedom
• Access to public transportation
• Life expectancy at age 60
• Healthy life expectancy
• Policy and Aging
• Social pensions
From the analysis of all these indicators, HelpAge ranked the best countries to aging: Sweden took first place, followed by Norway and Germany. Brazil was in the 31th position, with other countries in Latin America, such as Chile and Uruguay occupied the 19th and 23th position respectively, on the other hand Brazil was the best placed among the emerging countries in the BRIC bloc, also composed of Russia , India, China and South Africa. Since Afghanistan was considered the worst country to grow old.
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