Older people need more care and attention, which is why someone came up with the idea to build playgrounds for the elderly.
Aging and loneliness are inevitable in life as we age. This can rapidly cause a serious decline in physical health and wellbeing. That’s why seniors have to be more active.
Instead of high-flying swings and towering jungle gyms, seniors playgrounds are outfitted with low-impact exercise equipment that’s aimed at improving core muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and overall well-being of its users.
Seniors playgrounds have fitness steps, fitness ramps, cobweb floors, zig-zag pipe, throttle bar, stretching boards, seated bar grabs, and several other types of equipment, according to Do You Remember When.
In addition, the elderly also become more flexible. They can also enjoy working out on exercise bikes, cross-trainers, flex runners, sit-up benches, and other pieces of equipment.
Playgrounds for the elderly have been around for quite a while. The elderly in Asia and Europe already have their playgrounds. In 1995, someone built a park in China to ease things for the elderly.
“They 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,” Cedric X. Bryant, president, and chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise—a nonprofit told The Wall Street Journal.
While the United States is still making slow progress. KaBOOM! It is a nonprofit organization that builds playgrounds for children. Today, they are working with the Humana Foundation and make old parks more beautiful and useful for the elderly.
There are currently 53 multigenerational parks in the United States director of client services at KaBOOM! said and their parks have the ability to put both seniors and children in one spot.
“These environments can be highly social,” Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, told The Wall Street Journal. “There’s something positive and invigorating about that, especially if the children have moved away or a spouse has passed on.”
In 2014, the city of La Marque, Texas, spent more than $36,000 to pack Carbide Park with new equipment, including fitness steps, a cobweb floor, a wavy balance beam, low chin-up bars, and a stretching board.