World Study Places New Zealand High For Retirement Age Quality Of Life

October 04, 2013

Life expectancy is rising quickly, not only in New Zealand but worldwide. It has often been identified as one of the big demographic challenges. Today there are more people over 60 in the world than under 5. In two generations that will balloon to more over 60 than under 15.

New Zealand has ranked well in the top 10, in a seventh place, in a global survey of the quality of life and well being of older people. This may be seen as fairly surprising because of how far ahead of Australia and some European countries, including the UK, we rank. We're also one place ahead of America, though with the recent enactment of ObamaCare could possibly improve their status over time. 

The first Global Age Watch Index looked at factors such as income, health, employment and education to rank countries by how well their ageing populations are faring. New Zealand is highly ranked because of our health system which is openly envied by the rest of the world, according to a recent study. 

New Zealand has a relatively strong commitment to prevention and public health which has helped to improve life expectancy, delayed the onset of disability associated chronic disease, and reduced inequalities. The conclusion drawn from recent statistics is that New Zealand has one of the highest performing health systems with the lowest expenditure amongst comparable countries. From an international perspective, we have a health system that contains much to make as proud, and in fact is the envy of the rest of the world in many respects. 

Along with the statistics for making the quality of life here great we also must consider our famous landscapes and how they help provide the perfect backdrop for, especially retirement age and over, residents. New Zealand was the last country to be populated by humans who gave its nature much more time to grow, this is the reason for our huge variety of birds and wildlife here as evolution wasn't interrupted by man. After working all your adult life isn't a wonderful thing we have everything here to make your elderly years as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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