Nepal, Dec. 6 -- It is natural for everyone to expect to be happy and healthy in the later parts of life. We all dream of an old age without dependence or incontinence, but with good health and grace. Anyone living in any part of the world should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Nepal too is entering a phase of demographic transition. In the next few years, the over-60 population is predicted to reach 10 percent of the overall population, congruent with global changes in the elderly population.

Wealthier countries tend to have larger elderly populations, displayed demographically as a reversed age pyramid. This is because prosperous countries are able to take better care of the elderly, resulting in healthier, longe...