Shelter is a basic human right for people of all ages, butfor older people, the sense of security and comfort thata home provides is particularly important. Losing theirhome in a disaster or conflict therefore has a profoundpsychological impact, particularly on the œoldest old?(people above 80 years).
Suitable housing for older people is crucial to ensure adignified life. When managing a shelter programme, it isessential to identify and address the needs of vulnerableolder people and engage them in decision-making, in order for age-appropriate decisions to be taken. Yet various studies have pointed to a lack of attentionto older people in shelter programmes.
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