Britain now in top 10 best places to grow old.

help_old_figure_1600_wht_3597That’s due to generous pensions (not as good as our EU neighbours in Germany though), free bus passes, and being listened to by those in power.

That’s if you believe the research from Age UK International and Southampton University.

Britain was ranked 10th out of 96 countries. One negative aspect was healthcare where we ranked 27th, behind Chile and Costa Rica, despite providing a free service.

However we don’t have a joined-up service when it comes to support for people leaving hospital and the mental health of older people was judged to be poor.

On a day-to-day basis Britain ranked in the top 5 scoring well on public transport, physical safety and fear of crime. Elderly people also think politicians take note of their concerns and have high levels of engagement in public policy.

This last point makes me scratch my head. When do politicians listen to the concerns of the elderly on things like migration or employment?

The survey also found that elderly people lost heavily during the financial crisis and have little cicvic or political power. So there’s a contradiction which supports my point above.

Ranking of countries for retirement

  1. Switzerland
  2. Norway
  3. Sweden
  4. Germany
  5. Canada
  6. Netherlands
  7. Iceland
  8. Japan –  strange giving the reported problems with old people in Japan
  9. United States
  10. UK – we don’t do so well in other surveys

France came 16th, Greece 79th, and the worst place for old people was Afghanistan

Several of the top countries regularly feature in the best places to live or the happiest places to live

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