Golden age in Panama
In the region, Panama is the best country in which to get old, according to the 2014 Global Ageing Index, published this month by HelpWatch International.
Panama is in position 24 worldwide, thanks largely to good grades in the area of health, which includes aspects such as life expectancy and physical and mental well-being of retirees.
Costa Rica at number 26 was only two places behind Panama, while no other Central American country finished in the top 50 of the ranking.
Honduras, in 50th position globally, had the worst rating in the region.
Worldwide, the best country for old people is Norway, while Afghanistan is the worst.
The index ranks the quality of socio-economic conditions of adults over 65 in 96 countries based on four indicators: income security, health, skills, and supportive environment (figures in parentheses indicate each country’s position in the world ranking).
- Panama (24)
- Costa Rica (26)
- Nicaragua (54)
- El Salvador (57)
- Guatemala (63)
- Honduras (75)