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Exercise Spaces in Parks for Older Adults: A Qualitative Investigation.

Authors
  • Lee, Janet Lok Chun
  • Ho, Rainbow Tin Hung
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of aging and physical activity
Publication Date
Sep 12, 2020
Volume
29
Issue
2
Pages
233–241
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1123/japa.2019-0397
PMID: 32919382
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In response to demographic changes in recent years, an increasing number of parks have established exercise spaces for older adults. However, limited research has been conducted to investigate how older adults utilize, experience, and perceive these spaces. This study aims to explore their experiences of using these spaces and their perspectives on these spaces by using a qualitative descriptive research design. In-depth interviews were conducted with 32 users in three Hong Kong parks with low, medium, and high area-based socioeconomic statuses. The findings highlight that exercise spaces in parks can cultivate a positive environment allowing older adults with varying physical abilities and health statuses to remain active together as well as to support each other socially and emotionally in a natural outdoor setting. The participants' perspectives on the exercise space discussed in this study suggest that future plans for constructing such spaces in parks might benefit from a co-design approach.

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