NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)

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This research presents factors related to environmental perceptions, residential community, and the design of spiritual and healing environments, which affect the elderly Thai population. Theresearch revealed that their needs were identified as 1) the requirements of general facilities and activities, 2) requirements of facilities related to health and security, and 3) the requirements of facilities related tophysical exercise. The results show that the characteristics of the elderly have a direct effect on a varietyof requirements needed in the residential community. From observing and interviewing three case studies,the concept of the spiritual environment was necessary for the elderly Thais. The result led to formulatingappropriate policies in design and management of the residential community to enhance the quality of life,both physically and mentally, of elderly Thais.

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