How Urban Parks Keep Seniors Healthy and Living Longer

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A study from Nanchang, a city of just over five million, found that while older men were more likely to engage in passive uses of parks, older women were more likely to pursue active uses. The study offers pointers for Toronto where, for the first time, more people are over 65 than under 15.

Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, has contributed his understanding of healthy active aging to the Toronto Seniors Strategy and says: “[Parks are] not simply a place with trees and grass, they are powerful spaces that can support gathering and mobility.” He explains that parks represent an opportunity to connect with neighbours. By creating spaces that encourage activities ranging from bocce to tai chi, parks promote exercise and help prevent falls.

Emily MacRae, Torontoist

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