10 November, 2016
So what is a senior friendly playground? Born with the very solid concept that the elderly enjoy more than just sitting, knitting and reading a book, senior playgrounds try and give them a chance to be active, get moving and make some friends in the process- essentially the same benefits they offer children but in a more mature atmosphere.
Who is building these playgrounds? Though the idea first came up in Spain, a not for profit in the United States soon caught up and has established over fifty playgrounds till date.
Why should we go to a senior playground and not just the usual one? In a kids’ playground, there could be quite a bit of noise and dust kicked up which may not be for you. Moreover, the chance of meeting other elders at a regular park is slightly lesser, unless you go at specific times. Moreover, senior playgrounds have a lot of equipment, designed specifically to help you get some structured exercise while you’re at it. From stationary walkers to park-treadmills, expect to find a lot happening here.
Where can you find a senior playground around your neighborhood? Unfortunately, the idea is only catching up in Spain and the US so far, and India probably hasn’t heard of it yet. One way to get around this is to come together with your community and make building one a social activity everyone can contribute to. Same is the case with huge apartment complexes. The key is to keep having events and programs so people have more incentive to come by.
Are there any rules for these playgrounds? No rules! Isn’t that the best part of an outdoor space? Maybe you can encourage elders to come along with their pets or grandkids to make it more interesting. From reading sessions and laughter clubs to just letting people be, the options are endless. If you insist on one rule, how about no fighting on the playground?!
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