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Launch of Global AgeWatch Index Event

6 October 2014
Senate Room, Building 37, Highfield Campus

Event details

Professor Asghar Zaidi, from the Centre for Research on Ageing, who led the development of the Index working alongside HelpAge International, will present its findings and will highlight the University of Southampton’s contribution towards this global initiative. The event will be chaired by Professor Judith Petts, CBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

On the basis of the latest results, and by analysing national policies and strategies, it finds:

  • Norway is the best place for older people, alongside Sweden, Switzerland and Canada.
  • The United Kingdom is ranked 11th, although it is ranked 3rd for the enabling environment.
  • Globally, by 2050, the number of over 60s will be 21 per cent of the global population (currently 12 per cent in 2014).
  • Apart from Japan, the top ten countries are in Western Europe, North America and Australasia. Israel and Estonia join the top 20.
  • The older populations of the three lowest-ranked countries, the West Bank and Gaza, (94) Mozambique (95) and Afghanistan (96), still account for less than five per cent of the total population.

The Global AgeWatch Index website provides lots of useful data and graphs:

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