Mizoram tops "Quality of Life for Elderly" index in NE, Arunachal comes last

The index framework created by the Institute for Competitiveness includes four

pillars--financial well-being, social well-being, health system and income security.


The northeastern state of Mizoram alongside Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh is among the top states and union territories in terms of the quality of life of elderly population, as per a report titled ''Quality of Life for Elderly Index''. 

This report is prepared by the Institute for Competitiveness, which categorises states as ''aged'' -- with an elderly population of more than 5 million -- and ''relatively aged'' with an elderly population of less than 5 million.

Mizoram topped the category of northeastern states. 

Rajasthan is the top scorer in the aged states category, followed by Maharashtra and Bihar.

Himachal Pradesh led the relatively aged list, while Uttarakhand and Haryana were ranked second and third, respectively, and Chandigarh topped in the union territory category.

On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh was placed at the bottom in the northeast states' segment. 

Telangana and Gujarat scored the least in the aged and relatively aged states categories, and Jammu and Kashmir has been placed at the bottom in the union territory segment.

The index framework created by the Institute for Competitiveness includes four pillars -- financial well-being, social well-being, health system and income security, and eight sub-pillars -- economic empowerment, educational attainment and employment, social status, physical security, basic health, psychological well being, social security and enabling environment.

This index highlights that the best way to enhance the lives of the current and future generations of older people is by investing in health, education and employment for young people today.

According to an official statement, the health system pillar received the highest score of 66.97 at an all-India level, followed by 62.34 in social well-being, and financial well-being observed a score of 44.7.

States have performed particularly poorly in the income security pillar because over half of them received the score of 33.03, which is the lowest across all pillars, it added.

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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