GLOBAL INDEX PUTS CANADA TOP FIVE FOR WELL-BEING OF OLDER RESIDENTS

Sep 30, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Canada ranks in the top five countries on the planet – when it comes to the well-being of older residents.

That’s according to a world-wide index looking at economic security, health and other factors.

The Global Agewatch Index places Norway and Sweden at the top of the list, with Switzerland third and our-home-and-native-land at number four.

The list was compiled by HelpAge International, a London-based non-profit that has affiliates in 65 countries, whose mission is to help older people challenge discrimination, overcome poverty and lead secure, active lives.

The 13 indicators measured include life expectancy, coverage by pension plans, access to public transit, and the poverty rate for people over 60.

The report found 97.7 per cent of Canadians 65 and over receive a pension.

7.2 per cent of those 60 and over – have an income that’s less than half the national median.

The index also found 83.9 per cent of Canadians age 60 or older – had at least a high school education.

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