A Walk Friendly Environment is a Must for an Active and Healthy Living

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    Nidhi Mishra
    April 2, 2017 at 12:14 pm #26034

    Nothing can make a day more fulfilling than a comfortable walk near one’s home. Walking and running are not only an useful exercises to keep a person physically fit but it also plays an important role in keeping a person mentally relaxed and active.

    In today’s world where life has become hectic and stress has become a part of our life, having a walk friendly environment is a must for all generations. A walk friendly environment is the one which has open spaces for walking, jogging and other fitness related activities.It is also near to important destinations like shopping complexes, medical Facilities, Gym, Salon and Places for worship which are an important part of resident’s life and having all this in their neighborhood gives them a peace of mind.

    Particularly for senior citizens having a walk friendly environment is a must as it motivates them to walk in their neighbourhood and keep themselves active.A recent study, conducted at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä,Finland highlighted that walk-friendly environmental design may provide opportunities for physical activity in old age (https://www.jyu.fi/en/news/archive/2017/03/tiedote-2017-03-30-10-22-20-040687). Similar to this in my PhD work an Elder Friendly Environment (which gives ample opportunities to senior to lead a physically and mentally active life) emerged as an important theme for active and healthy ageing.

    A walk friendly and an elder friendly environment is a must for promoting healthy living and active ageing in any society. This is the reason why many assisted living facilities, retirement townships and residential complexes are choosing this kind of environmental model so that their residents can enjoy a comfortable stay there.

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    LAKSHMI NARAYANA NAGISETTY
    April 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm #26037

    Yes, it is true that ENVIRONMENT supports for better mobility and further to ACCESS the required services / supports. The need of the hour is to create FRIENDLY, ACCESSIBLE, HEALTHY, & EMPOWERED ENVIRONMENT so that everyone can enjoy the facilities created at any given ENVIRONMENT. India has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Under this one significant provision is to create ACCESSIBLE ENVIRONMENTS at all the levels. Recently, India has started the ACCESSIBLE INDIA CAMPAIGN (AIC). This has atakenup the job of creating PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS MORE ACCESSIBLE at Public Buildings, Bus Stands, Railway Stations, Airports and other such important strucures. This work will follow the guidelines given under UNIVERSAL DESIGN which is accepted and approved.

    Part of Teaching, Research Study, Training, & Rehabilitation i am putting efforts to train & facilitate for creating ACCESSIBLE ENVIRONMENTS or SPACES for all in general and particularly for SENIORS & others having special needs. Looking forward to share more and more in due course of time.

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    Nidhi Mishra
    April 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm #26039

    Thank you for sharing the information and your thoughts related to the concerned topic. Good to know that you are also working in this area. All the best.

    Pandurangarao Sripathi
    August 14, 2017 at 8:17 am #26591

    This is an area where we get golden experiences of senior citizens who had grown healthy and happy aging This provides solutions to many problems from the valuable experiences of super citizens

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