A multisite research team, led by a researcher from the Pennsylvania State University's College of Health and Human Development, examined the factors that encourage older adults to use local parks and recreational services and what policy changes might be made to promote park use among older adults to increase their physical activity.
Project staff members worked with community parks and recreation agencies from five cities. They fielded a survey and conducted focus groups of adults over 50 who use local parks and recreation services and those who do not. They also conducted focus groups with representatives of local agencies concerned with the health and well-being of older adults.
From the survey:
From the focus groups: