The 50 Best Places To Grow Old

531524b9-da7f-42cc-a615-57ecbe979202_85x64956e34b0-f42e-470a-8984-aed1f5481ae8_85x64dc0953e5-7c86-4c1c-aadc-4d0a58d15d34_85x648cdd10f7-0271-47a4-9e4f-16a1103f3132_85x640c80ab6e-9c29-4ba4-826a-81b87bff79ca_85x64c2e3cff8-b0c7-4152-afed-f6b2c2139909_85x64e993f16e-cab4-44ea-8b4d-a1fd33875481_85x64It’s not what you think — Arizona, Florida, California or other warm areas. According to the new Global AgeWatch Index, a division of HealthyAge International, a nonprofit committed to healthy aging worldwide.

Based on 4 well-being categories : income, health, employment and education and an enabling environment. “Countries with high marks are likely to have social policies that benefit an aging population, such as universal pension or health coverage for all seniors.” Pictured here are some of the top countries including #1) Sweden, #2) Norway, #3) Germany, #4) Netherlands, #5) Canada, #6) Switzerland and #7) New Zealand. I find this particularly interesting as I’ve always been drawn to these cool, elegant countries. Having just returned from Reykjavik, I’m eager to see the rest on this bucket list of mine.

The United States came out with uneven rankings, though it did come in at #8). “While more than 80 percent of senior citizens in the U.S. are covered by a pension, almost a quarter live in relative poverty,” which lowered its ranking.

“On the plus side, Americans are educated and likely to be employed between the ages of 55 to 64. Ninety percent of people more than 50 said they have relatives or friends they can count on when they need help. This could be a huge health boost for American seniors: Social support and activity is strongly associated with a lower risk for physical and mental disease, disability and early death, according to numerous studies and a review from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Enjoy the photos of the entire list provided by Annie Hauser in  At the end of the article, click through “The Worst Thing About Your State” to learn some unpleasant statistics about each of them.

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