The 10 Best Places to Grow Old

Science and technology have made significant contributions to the aging population of the world today. As the global population gets older, more programs have also been created to address the needs of the population’s rising life expectancy. However, not every country or city in the world is not capable of taking care of its oldies. There are just some places that give the seniors easier time to live on their own. Some of the most important factors that determine which places are best to grow old are income security, education, employment, and health status. If you are in your senior years, the least you want to do is to travel from one city to another, carrying all your luggage until you stumble to a place that provides a conducive environment for all your needs. Save that frown and lessen your wrinkles, here is the list of the ten best places to grow old.

10 Japan

Japan is the first Asian country that made it to the list. This country has the highest percentage of seniors as compared to any country. There is 31.6 percent of the country’s population that is aged 60 years or older. Japan was able to reach a record-high of 31.86 million people who are over 65 years old, which accounts to the quarter of Japan’s total population. This also accounts to the growing number of senior citizens to the post World War II baby boom. Another research from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research showed that 1 in 3 people in Japan will be over 65 years old by the year 2035.

9 Iceland

Iceland is deemed to be a really friendly country to the seniors. With its healthy environment that prioritizes people’s safety and convenience, Iceland is a good choice to spend your sunset days. This country also gives priority to its public transportation. It is also the third Nordic country within the top 10.

8 United States of America

Landing the top 8 best place to grow old in on the Global AgeWatch Index, U.S.A. has surely proven its efforts in spending for its health care as compared to any country. It has also been consistently on the top countries in terms of healthcare, getting the 36th spot. It landed the second spot when it comes to employment and education as the country also allocates its resources in providing professional avenues and academic opportunities for seniors.

7 New Zealand


What makes New Zealand a remarkably good place for seniors is that this country has one of the lowest poverty rates among retirees worldwide. The report says that New Zealand has “a government focus on pension adequacy rather than a strong link between pensions and earnings." This country is the top country in the Southern Hemisphere.

6 Switzerland

Switzerland is believed to be the top country in terms of the health status category, which makes it a remarkably desirable place to grow old in. The country has a life expectancy after 60 and an overall health at the senior age of 60. Switzerland is also keen on providing opportunities for seniors in ensuring their psychological well-being.

5 Canada

More than just being a progressive country and an ideal place for migration, Canada has landed the fifth spot among other countries where seniors can thrive and live a prosperous and healthy life. It is also the top North American country to live out retirement. Making it to the top 10 in three of the four categories measured in the Global Agewatch, Canada surely has remarkable retirement plants, health provisions and other possible opportunities for seniors.

4 The Netherlands


Successfully landing the fourth spot, The Netherlands is a good country to grow old in. Its health facilities are notable, as well as its healthcare provisions. All the countries that are part of the top four slots have some of the lowest income disparities compared to other countries that were included in the Global Agewatch. There is a noticeably impressive increase in the length of life. This has been accompanied by substantial changes in the age-at-death and cause-of-death patterns. The country also performs outstandingly in its overall well-being. It ranks among other countries in the top lists of categories measured by the Better Life Index.  In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in the Netherlands is 81 years. Life expectancy for women is 83 years, compared with 79 for men. The Netherlands perform better in terms of water quality, as 90% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water.

3 Germany

Being one of the top 3 countries that made it to the list, Germany has also ranked in other impressive lists such as being the highest in the Global AgeWatch Index of all G.20 nations. It is also hailed as one of the nations that rank in the United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Human Development Index (HDI), which measures countries’ income, education, and life expectancy.

In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Germany is almost 81 years. Life expectancy for women is 83 years, compared with 78 for men. Germany also does well in terms of water quality, as 93% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water.

2 Norway

Among all the countries that made it to the best places to grow old in, Norway has the highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Norway is 81 years. Life expectancy for men is 79 years, compared with 84 for women.  Norway also does well in terms of water quality, as 96% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water.

1 Sweden

Sweden holds the best country to spend your seniors in, as it placed in the top 10 for all four categories measured in the Global AgeWatch Index. In general, Swedes are more satisfied with their lives with 85% of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day which include feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment, etc than negative ones such as pain, worry, sadness, boredom, etc.

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