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The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
College of Applied Health Sciences

New Age

New AGE is a design program for developing therapeutic recreational facilities in conjunction with attractive greenscapes. The concept originated within the green industry where recreation areas are designed for golf courses and sports fields. While community park and recreation areas are often targeted to teenagers and young adults, the New AGE program is specifically focused on improving the health and quality of life of older adults who are living independently, in retirement communities, or in convalescent facilities, providing a green alternative to indoor health clubs and physical therapy settings.

The New AGE concept is significantly advanced beyond the historical design of parks.

Facility Information

  • Each facility will provide an enriched environment that is designed to maximize the physical well being of aging adults.
  • Facilities should be friendly, attractive, green environments that provide opportunities for strengthening, stretching and flexing, and cardiovascular conditioning.
  • The design, building, and testing of active green environments requires a multidisciplinary approach, utilizing the expertise of horticulturists, landscape architects, environmental engineers, health care professionals, and kinesiologists.

Photos of the New AGE in Clark Lindsey Village (Urbana, IL, USA) . Launched on 22 September 2008.

  • gazebo
  • bench
  • gazebo night
  • women exercising
  • Wojtek
  • bars
  • crowd
  • woman exercising
  • women sitting on a bench
  • woman standing

gazebo night
Gazebo at night
women exercising
Women exercising in a park
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko
Crowd listening to speaker
woman exercising
Elderly woman exercising
women sitting on a bench
Women sitting on a bench
woman standing
Woman standing

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