September 11, 2015

Japan voted one of the healthiest places

Japanese barbeque foods copyright peter hanami 2009
Picture: Japanese barbeque foods

"The Global AgeWatch Index 2015, compiled by HelpAge International, ranks countries according to the social and economic well-being of people over 60 by looking at 13 indicators in four domains: income security, health status, capability and enabling environment....

...Japan topped the index for the mental and physical health of older people.... Japan tops the index for health status. Considered a "hyper-ageing country", it has the world's oldest population, with one in three Japanese aged 60 or older. Since the 1960s, Japan has invested heavily in social welfare policies to prepare for this ticking demographic time bomb.

"As a result, Japan is not just the oldest, but also one of the healthiest and wealthiest countries in the world,"

Source: The best and worst countries for people 60 and older: Global AgeWatch Index
September 10, 2015
By Inga Ting
The AGe Newspaper Online
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