Status of Elderly People in Nepal

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duangjai@ FOR PARTICIPANTS ONLY ESID/HLM-MIPAA/6 9 October 2007 ENGLISH ONLY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC High-level Meeting on the Regional Review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) 9-11 October 2007 Macao, China Elderly People in Nepal What happened after MIPPA, 2002? * Nepal Participatory Action Network * This paper was prepared by Mr. Bhola Prasad Dahal, Immediate Past Chairperson/Executive Committee Member, Nepal Participatory Action Network, Nepal, for the High-level Meeting on the Regional Review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), 9-11 October 2007, Macao, China. The views expressed do not necessary reflect those of the United Nations. The paper…show more content…
The population of Nepal is considered young as 39 percent of its total population is under 15 years of age and only 4.20 percent are above 65 years of age. However the elderly population in Nepal is growing steadily @ 3.39% per year. 2.0 2.1 Population of elderly people and their social status Increment of elderly population In Nepal, the older population is increasing both in terms of absolute numbers and as a proportion of the total population; however, traditional family norms and values of supporting the elderly are eroding. Individuals over 60 years of age are considered elderly. There were 1.6 million elderly inhabitants which constitutes 7.46% of the total population in 2001 which will be double by 2017 6 . Fertility, mortality and life expectancy are all closely related. Control over unplanned pregnancies and early mortality has led to a greater likelihood that new lives will live longer and thrive. A continuous decrease in the infant mortality rate has led to an increase in the stated life expectancy. Consequently, life expectancy in Nepal has increased from approximately 27 years in 1951 to 60 years in 2001 which means a Nepalese baby born at the turn of 21st century has a life-expectancy of more than 30 years greater than one
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