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    Global rankings table | Data | Global AgeWatch Index 2014

    There is now an index of nations for older people, showing which countries look after their elderly best.

    The top 13, in order of merit are :

    Norway
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Canada
    Germany
    Netherlands
    Iceland
    USA
    Japan
    New Zealand
    United Kingdom
    Denmark
    Australia

    The worst four, going from bad to worse are :
    Malawi
    Gaza
    Mozambique
    Afghanistan

    Clearly, looking at this list, while money helps, wealth is not the sole arbiter of what is good. Socialist nations do better. Being Muslim does not bode well for the elderly.


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    Skeptic, I would be very happy indeed to grow old where you currently are! In fact, I'd love to start now.


    Disclaimer: I do not declare myself to be an expert on ANY subject. If I state something as fact that is obviously wrong, please don't hesitate to correct me. I welcome such corrections in an attempt to be as truthful and accurate as possible.

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    Smart people like you are welcome.
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    Average age in America is 76 for men and 83 for women. That's pretty high so many are living longer these days.
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    There are many nations with greater average lifespan than that. Okinawa is the world leader at average 85 for both genders. My country has 81 for male and female averaged together.

    I have often thought that average lifespan is the best proxy for human welfare. My reason is that the various factors leading to longer life are also factors for greater human welfare. Disease control, lack of war, lack of assorted violent crimes, people behaving well towards each other. All those increase average lifespan.

    Global average lifespan today is 50 to 85. Just 100 years ago, it was more like 20 to 30. This implies a massive improvement in human welfare.
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    It seems people do better in colder countries, irrespective of how they are looked after. Australia is the exception but that is the lowest ranked of the best.
    Really nasty bugs cannot thrive in the cold.
    However I'm not sure if I'd want to live in Scandinavia. Too cold and dark in the winter.
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    I hope I die before I get old, like Pete Townshend.
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    Who is 72, not exactly a spring chicken!
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    Old is only another mile, then thank the driver for getting you there.
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    Lucky me. Lucky mud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantEvil View Post
    Old is only another mile, then thank the driver for getting you there.
    LOVE THAT

    Personally I live in the two best places on earth...and happy to grow old in either of them.....as long as I have the ocean....I will be happy
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    At what age are you old?
    Anybody over 30!
    We now learn our ancestors are older by 100,000 years.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/s...occo.html?_r=0
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    At what age are you old?
    Anybody over 30!
    We now learn our ancestors are older by 100,000 years.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/s...occo.html?_r=0
    I am 64....years young *S*....I am active...even from my accident pain is constant I MADE a decision that it would not make me not move regardless of pain..and I have stuck to that! Feet and hands half numb but :GRIN other body parts aren't
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    Hey Babe, don't forget to tell Mac that the forum is back.
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