One of the largest groups in nearly every community is comprised of adults older than 55, often termed “older adults.” Park and recreation agencies strive to provide facilities, programming and other critical resources that support the lifestyles and diverse needs of baby boomers and upcoming Gen Xers. This includes, but is not limited to, providing accessible and affordable evidence-based programs, safe and inclusive environments for assembling and an adequate number of activities.

A survey was completed by park and recreation professionals to gain greater insight into how they and their staff serve older adults in the community. Participants answered questions regarding the facilities, services, outreach and programming that their agencies offer to older adults, as well as the challenges agencies face in serving this ever-growing population. The Supporting Older Adults Through Parks and Recreation report summarizes the data from those responses.


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Key Findings:

  • 92% of park and recreation agencies offer older adult related resources and programs
  • 95% of agencies say that promoting social connection and addressing social isolation are top benefits of their older adult programming
  • 30% of agencies offer intergenerational programming such as arts and crafts, reading programs and mentoring opportunities
  • 30% of park and recreation agencies dedicate 10% or more of their annual operating budget to older adult programming and outreach


Supporting Older Adults Through Parks and Recreation

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