May marks a season of fresh beginnings. Colorful flowers are in bloom and everything seems possible. May is also National Older Americans Month! What better time for older adults to get out to a neighborhood park and take steps toward improving their health and well-being.
The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department is long committed to helping older adults to stay heart-healthy and engaged in their community. Through its Active Older Adults program, individuals age 55 and over are visiting beautiful park spaces and exercising regularly, enjoying nature, learning about healthy eating, and expanding their social circles. Started in 2013, the program offers numerous fee-free opportunities at park locations county-wide.
Here are some Miami-Dade Parks programs and activities that are designed to help Miami-Dade’s older adults get started on their healthy living action plan:
Fitness Zone Areas – No gym membership required! These free and easy-to-use outdoor gyms, located at parks throughout the county, provide a relaxing workout surrounded by nature. All Fitness Zone Areas are ADA-accessible and can accommodate wheelchair workouts. The gym equipment is designed to help individuals build physical strength, improve cardio health, and help break the obesity cycle!
Cardio Fitness – Try a safe and healthy way to get energized! This fitness program focuses on strength-training, flexibility, and cardio conditioning.
Tai Chi – Tai Chi is a great exercise for older adults to engage in, as it uses slow rhythmic movements to stimulate the mind and body. It is gentle on the joints and promotes improved flexibility, strengthening, and stress reduction.
Get Social! – Meet new friends and get together for fun recreational activities, field trips, and other social events! Select parks offer Zumba, sewing, ceramics, Masters Tennis, Dominos, Bingo, and more. Note: A $2 fee may be required for some classes. Free for Silver Sneakers members.
For more information about programs and activities at Miami-Dade Parks Active Older Adults Centers, call 786-7272-9701 or visit the web page.