Global study: World not ready for aging population

By By KRISTEN GELINEAU

A global study has found that the world is aging so fast, most countries are not prepared to support their swelling numbers of elderly people.

The study released Tuesday by the United Nations Population Fund and elder rights group HelpAge International ranks the social and economic well-being of elders in 91 countries. Sweden came out on top and Afghanistan was in last place.

The Global AgeWatch Index shows that nations are not working quickly enough to cope with a population graying faster than ever before. By the year 2050, seniors over the age of 60 will outnumber children under the age of 15 for the first time in history.

The study analyzes income, health, education, employment and age-friendly environment in each country.

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