The world’s older population is growing. According to a report released last week, 11% of the current world population is 60 and older. By 2050, more than one in five will be at least 60 years old. In the United States, more than one in four will be over 60. These statistics imply that this is high time the seniors find a good country or city where they can conveniently and peacefully spend the rest of their lives. During these sunset years, one does not have to have a difficult time asking for medical care or seeking for professional medical attention. Ideally, when you live in a good city, the government should be able to provide these benefits and the place you have chosen to live in should have a healthy environment that will make things easier and more convenient for you.
Help Age International’s “Global AgeWatch 2013 Index” ranked the well-being of the older population of 91 countries around the world. The report rated each country based on factors, including income security, health care and employment. The least you want to happen is to end up living in a country that cannot give you a peaceful, blissful life just when you deserve it the most. Here is a list of town places you should avoid when living your golden years.
10. Honduras: Issue of Poverty
Poverty has always been one of the main problems in this Latin American country. Over the last two decades, economic growth has often been slower than population growth. Income distribution is highly unequal. Recently, agricultural growth has lessened rural poverty. During the same period, however, urban poverty may have worsened. The proportion of the rural population living in poverty was considerably lower during the 1990’s while the proportion of the poor in the urban population had increased. Despite these trends, most of the poor continue to live in rural areas. This kind of environment will not be able to support the older age group. Employment rate is also a struggle in Honduras.
9. Montenegro: Low Opportunities for Seniors
Montenegro is the lowest-ranking European country on the list. The Balkan nation is near the bottom in providing professional and educational opportunities for seniors. Although Montenegro fares better than many other higher-ranking nations on certain variables like income inequality, it is still unable to provide a stable and healthy environment for its seniors.
8. The West Bank and Gaza: Weak Private Sector
Ranking as the eighth least hospitable place on Earth to grow old, unemployment in The West Bank and Gaza has remained to be alarmingly high because of weak private sector activity. In the first half of 2013, the overall unemployment rate reached 22%. In the West Bank, unemployment increased to 19 percent and Gaza’s unemployment rate continues to be among the highest in the world at 30 percent.
7. Nigeria: Tainted by Corruption
Nigeria, despite being the 10th most oil-rich nation in the world, ranks as the seventh least accommodating place on the globe for seniors. This is because the sector has been tainted by accusations of corruption. The West African nation was dragged down the list because of income inequality and poor health provisions for seniors. The National Bureau of Statistics said 60.9% of Nigerians in 2010 were living in “absolute poverty.” This figure had risen from 54.7% in 2004. This trend was likely to persist. These are the reasons why seniors cannot thrive in Nigeria.
6. Malawi: Relies on Subsistence Farming
With the majority of the population still relying on subsistence farming, Malawi is considered to be one of the world’s least developed countries. Population below poverty the line is at 53% which means that national estimates of the percentage of the population falling below the poverty line are based on surveys of sub-groups, with the results weighted by the number of people in each group. Poverty, high unemployment rate, and poor health conditions make Malawi the 6th worst place to grow old in.
5. Rwanda: Poor Economic Conditions
While the world cannot forget the historical genocide in 1994, Rwanda has been healing from that incident that cost the lives of between 500,000 and a million people. It has landed the fifth least hospitable place on Earth to grow old. A majority of the population relies on subsistence farming to survive, like the country of Malawi. with a population of 7.2 million growing at just under 3 percent a year, Rwanda has a population density of 280 per km2. Over 90 percent live in rural areas on subsistence agriculture. Due to poor economic conditions, which have been worsened y an armed conflict since 1990, the percentage of the population living below the poverty line ($170 at 1985 prices and exchange rates) is estimated to have risen sharply from 40 percent in 1985 to over 53 percent in 1992.
4. Jordan: The Maintaining of Expenditures
Only three Middle Eastern countries were included in the index, Jordan landing the 4th spot of being the worst country to grow old in. The percentage of Jordanians living below the poverty line increased from 13 percent in 2006 to 13.3 percent in 2008, which means that 75,000 more people became poor in 2008. Expenditures in health and education have been effective in assisting the poor, and the principal issue is whether expenditures can be maintained as the population grows. Certain action points such as improved cost recovery, better targeting, and efficiency-enhancing measures were identified to improve the quality of life in Jordan. Public expenditure on the poor’s housing is also limited.
3. Pakistan: 1/3 are Below the Poverty Line
Pakistan is a nation that is least able to provide an environment in which the elderly can live independent lives and can feel secure. Every third Pakistani is living his life below the poverty line. About 58.7 million out of 180 million Pakistanis are living below the poverty line. With the current situation in Pakistan, it will be challenging to live a peaceful and safe life for seniors.
2. Tanzania: Government Enforced Evictions
Tanzania has the third highest slum growth rate in Africa, over 6% per year, and the sixth largest slum population. With over 6 million people living in slums, slum dwellers make up more than two-thirds of its urban population. In recent years, the government has carried out numerous evictions, leaving tens of thousands of poor households without shelter, water and sanitation, and often livelihoods.
1. Afghanistan: Struggle for Peace
The world knows how Afghanistan has struggled to maintain the country’s peace and security over the years. The central Asian country comes in the bottom 10 across all categories except income inequality.