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Older people’s views and usage of recreational spaces in parks with age-friendly outdoor exercise equipment

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posted on 2024-05-09, 03:50 authored by P Levinger, BL Dreher, B Dow, F Batchelor, KD Hill
Recreational spaces are important public spaces for people of all ages to engage in leisure and physical activities, however older people remain one of the lowest users of park. This study investigated older people’s perceptions and reasons for visiting parks that have undergone refurbishment with the installation of age-friendly outdoor exercise equipment, the Seniors Exercise Park. On-site intercept surveys took place in six parks in Victoria, Australia. Seniors Exercise Park equipment usage was audited over 12 months using on-site Quick Response (QR). A total of 139 older people were surveyed, 55.4% reported visiting to exercise, 25.9% for walking and 21.5% for fresh air/nature. Proximity to home/family (37.4%) and the availability of the Seniors Exercise Park equipment (36.7%) were the main reasons for visiting these parks. The availability of age-suitable exercise equipment in recreational spaces can support and encourage older people to access local parks and engage in physical activity.

History

Journal

International Journal of Environmental Health Research

Volume

ahead-of-print

Pagination

1-13

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0960-3123

eISSN

1369-1619

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

ahead-of-print

Publisher

Taylor & Francis