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Housing for the Elderly in Nepal

Author: Kiran Pokhrel
Date: 2010
Program: Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

People are living longer due to improved health care, nutrition, and medicine. The population of elderly people in both developing and developed countries is increasing, albeit at different rates. An increasing number of old aged people have created more demand for various housing options for the elderly. In developing countries various socio-economic factors are changing the family composition from joint families to nuclear families. More and more young people are migrating to developed countries, and older people are left behind to take care of themselves. This has created a new need for housing options for the elderly in these countries. This study illustrates a housing option for the elderly in the developing countries, with a specific design example for Nepal.