AARP Report Assesses Retirement Preparedness of 12 Nations

A new report released by AARP International examines the preparedness levels of 12 nations – Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States – for the profound challenges their societies and economies face as their populations age.

The Aging Readiness and Competitiveness (ARC) Report, conducted in conjunction with FP Analytics, examines each nation in four key areas: 1) Community & Social Infrastructure; 2) Productive Opportunity & Economic Output; 3) Healthcare & Wellness; and 4) Technological Engagement, noting constructive progress, areas of potential concern and key developments. 

While the report does not rank or grade the nations it assesses, for each of the four sectors, it places each nation in one of three categories: leaders, movers (e.g., those making notable progress), or laggards. For those used to U.S. predominance in studies of this kind, the ARC Report rates the U.S. a leader in only one sector (technological engagement) and rates it a laggard in healthcare & wellness, along with South Africa and Brazil.