Senior Care in Charlotte
When people think of a playground, they often think of a place where young children can play. It’s usually a place that’s considered safe, where parents can sit back while their kids run around, use up energy, and meet other kids. It’s also a place where parents can meet others in the neighborhood, spend time with friends, and more. What if there was a place like that but for seniors and others who require some type of elderly care, or those who may be considered ‘aged?’
There is and it’s in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it’s beginning to make waves throughout the senior community. Made possible through a generous donation by the Southminster retirement community, a non-profit organization, there is now a new park that opened providing specially designed equipment for children and outdoor cardio equipment for adults.
Michael J. Solender, writing for the Charlotte Observer, wrote in the article, New Charlotte playground for the young at heart:
“The “opening of the park is hopefully just the beginning of the story,” said Tracy McGinnis, director of philanthropy at Southminster, and the initiator of the project. She said Southminster has a graduate school intern who will look at how the park is being used and research ways it can expand the project.”
The concept behind this particular park was to make it a cross generational place where people of all ages, young and older, can enjoy certain activities. Some believe that children have certain preconceived notions about seniors, especially when they don’t see these individuals as being active. However, when placed in the same area and having those same children see the activities elderly individuals take part in, and even excel at, it can shatter those preconceived notions.
More and more families are spread out over a larger geographical area today than at other times in history. This means children are not often exposed to the types of activities their grandparents or even their great grandparents may be taking part in. This can have a direct impact on their perceptions of aging individuals they end up carrying with them throughout adulthood.
Southminster also provides a number of other ways that seniors and younger generations can become involved together. While this new park is unique, it may very well be laying the foundation for more like it across the country.
When blending activities for young and aged together in one place, it may very well become a great destination for seniors, even when they require some extra care and support at home.
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