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Global AgeWatch Index 2014

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 2/10/2014 11:43

HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index ranks countries by how well their ageing populations are faring. It is based on four domains that are key enablers of older people's wellbeing: income, health, capability and enabling environment.

Global AgeWatch Index 2014. London: HelpAge International; 2014. Available at: http://www.helpage.org/global-agewatch/



Data is needed for informed debate on ageing. Policy makers broadly agree that we can and should do better in measuring social and economic progress as a means to promote improvements.

The result has been the emergence of a number of different indexes providing evidence that is useful for policy makers. However, none of the existing indexes provides a global picture of how well countries are doing to support the wellbeing of their ageing populations. 

For the first time the Global AgeWatch Index makes international comparisons of quality of life in older age possible. The Index is a tool to measure progress and aims to improve the impact of policy and practice on ageing populations.

The Index brings together a unique set of internationally comparable data based on older people's income status, health status, capability (education and employment), and enabling environment. These domains have been selected because they were identified by older people and policy makers alike as key enablers of older people's wellbeing.

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