It’s a fact that as people get older, they become more isolated. After all, it’s just harder to get out an about, and the people you know have the same trouble.
It’s also a face that often times aging people exercise less, if at all.
So how do we solve the problem? Playgrounds!
I have yet to see one of these in person, but I have to say, I think this is an amazing idea.
The phenomenon of playgrounds for adults is still kind of new in the United States, but the original concept dates back to 1995 in China.
They proved to be very popular in China, and soon spread across the globe to Europe, Canada, Japan, and the U.S. The trend has become especially popular in Spain, where the city of Barcelona alone has more than 300 adult playgrounds.
Playgrounds for older adults feature low-impact exercise equipment that’s designed to improve flexibility, balance, and core strength among users, all key attributes that undoubtedly lead to better overall well-being for elderly people who take advantage of these spaces. Some of the parks even feature group exercise classes so older folks don’t have to work up a sweat all by themselves – plus, they get the opportunity to meet people.
Cedric X. Bryant, president and chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise, says, “[Playgrounds for elders] focus on promoting balance, flexibility, and range of motion, all of which can help with the functional capabilities of older people and allow them to do more of the things they want to do.”
Some park are strictly for adults, while some allow seniors to play along with their grandchildren. Right now, there are 53 “multigenerational” parks in the United States.
Here’s a video of some older folks taking advantage of such a park in Colorado.
I’d like to see these all over the country!
No, all over the world!