According to the Global Age Watch Index by Britain’s University of Southampton and Help Age International, India is among the worst places in the world for old people.
India ranked 71 among 96 countries in the list. India’s place in the list is much lower than most of its South-East Asian neighbours.
The index found Switzerland the best place for older people to live, followed by Norway and Sweden.
India’s low ranking is mainly due to health status of older population.
The income security of the elderly is also a concern. For example, the pension coverage for Indian elderly is very low (28.9%) as opposed to China’s 74.4%.