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The Aging Readiness & Competitiveness Initiative

About the Initiative

By 2030, there will be nearly one billion people age 65 and older around the world, a group that between 2015 and 2030 will grow at four times the rate of the overall global population. Managing this demographic transformation requires governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to fundamentally rethink the roles older adults can and should play in our communities and economies. Recognizing this, in 2017, AARP and FP Analytics partnered to launch the Aging Readiness and Competitiveness (ARC) initiative. The ARC initiative maps out how countries around the world are responding to the pressures and opportunities created by their aging populations, and identifies innovations that promise a more active, engaged, and productive older population in the years to come.



Small, Innovative Economies

For the 2018 ARC report, we shifted our focus to 10 small economies around the world that are leading their regions in responding to demographic change.


These countries, each with fewer than 25 million people, were selected in consultation with global experts as the leaders in their respective regions in terms of aging policy innovation. They are Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and Taiwan. Read more


Inaugural 2017 ARC Countries

The inaugural 2017 ARC report established a baseline understanding of the state of global aging policies, with in-depth assessments of a group of 12 countries that are geographically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse and that, together, represent 61 percent of the global GDP and nearly half of the world’s population of people ages 65 and older . Read more

Country Profiles

Interactive world map

©2019   |    This report was produced by FP Analytics, in collaboration with and underwritten by AARP. FP Analytics is the independent research and analytics arm of the FP Group. 
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