March 17, 2016 william

Playgrounds For Seniors

You’re never too old to play. Seniors all over the world are beginning to find their way back to playgrounds made just for them.

1. Where Did It All Start?

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The University of Lapland in Finland started doing research on 3 generational play. Older people were found to build muscles, reduce fat, improve balance and speed after using these facilities.

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2. The Push For Senior Playgrounds Is Now Going Global

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Playgrounds have appeared on 4 of our 7 continents. China and Japan have long embraced this concept. Parallel bars and other exercise equipment have been erected.  Several of these senior parks hold classes so people can learn to work the equipment correctly.

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3. In Germany, Several Playgrounds Have Been Built

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Jogging tracks, giant chess boards, bocce and bowling are a few of the attractions. Many are built next to children’s playgrounds, adding a special social aspect to the experience.

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4. The U.S. And Fitness Trails

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Many senior playgrounds are found in retirement communities. There is currently a push to get them out in more public places. In the U.S., instead of being confined to a single place, folks can find “work out” stations along walking paths. These are called fitness trails.

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5. Why Is This Happening Now?

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The Baby Boom generation is aging. In the long run, it’s more cost effective (and better overall) to keep this generation as healthy as possible.

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