Magazine article Parks & Recreation

A Continuum of Health for Older Adults

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

A Continuum of Health for Older Adults

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What started as an effort to enhance the continuum of health for older adults, and position public park and recreation agencies, senior, fitness and wellness centers, and the parks and recreation profession as partners and key providers of service, has become part of the national agenda. The Colorado Park and Recreation Association (CPRA) approved a resolution brought forward by the Director's section in December 2004 that committed their support to this cause and political attention in their legislative efforts.

Colorado's position has since been shared with the members of NRPA's Midwest Regional Council (Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming) in October 2004. In April 2005, at its semi-annual meeting, it too supported the resolution, adding the combined regional support to the cause and directing that the effort go forth for consideration to the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Trustees for NRPA.

In October 2005, at the NRPA Annual Congress in San Antonio, Texas, the Public Policy Committee amended the existing policy statement on Recreation and Older Americans, adding another belief (#13) to the statement. The following excerpt is from the proposed NRPA Policy 13. Recreation and Older Americans:

Statement of Policy

NRPA recognizes that high quality, accessible park and recreation opportunities constitute an important aspect of the quality of life for older citizens. …

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