Playgrounds For Senior Citizens Are All The Rage Right Now
When I think of my childhood my main hangout was the playground. Monkey bars, swings, seesaws ... well that fun isn't just for kids anymore! It's time for senior citizens to get more active. While we all love a good book, staying active is best for our health.
While the trend started in Spain, playgrounds for seniors are popping up everywhere. Senior citizen playgrounds are a place to enjoy physical activity and also socialize. People can get together with their friends and have fun while staying active. The playgrounds are also good for kids, so it's a great opportunity for seniors to play along with their grandkids!
"It' is very social," says Paz Vidal, a physical therapist. "[We] want to break the myth of the old person coming to the park and just sitting while grandkids play. And then going home. Kids can also have fun here. The parks help create family cohesion. And it's intergenerational."
The playground in this video is in Spain, but the nonprofit KaBoom partnered up with Humana to build over 50 around the United States.
"Play is a great connector for adults and seniors and the children in their lives. In addition to the cognitive and physical benefits of play, it can also reduce stress in adults and is proven to help combat toxic stress in kids," Sarah Pinsky, director of client services for KaBOOM! said.
From young to old, everyone can enjoy the benefits of playgrounds!