Index ranks Norway tops for well-being of elderly



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NEW YORK (AP) — A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors ranks Norway and Sweden as having the highest level of well-being for older people. Of 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last.

The Global AgeWatch Index, released on Tuesday, was compiled by HelpAge International, a London-based nonprofit with affiliates in 65 countries. Its mission is to help older people challenge discrimination and overcome poverty.

The indicators measured in the index include life expectancy, coverage by pension plans, access to public transit, and the poverty rate for people over 60. The countries in the index are home to about 90 percent of the world's 60-plus population.

Switzerland, Canada and Germany joined Norway and Sweden in the top five. The United States was eighth, China 48th, Russia 65th and India 69th.

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David Crary

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