Older people and nature: the benefits of outdoors, parks and nature in light of COVID-19 and beyond– where to from here?

Pazit Levinger, Ester Cerin, Colin Milner, Keith D. Hill

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on people’s health and wellbeing globally. In the pandemic, parks, gardens and other local green spaces have been recognised as vital to people’s physical and mental health. Emerging global evidence shows increased access to local parks and recreational activities and a new appreciation of the natural surroundings. Various movements and organisations globally have called for actions to embrace recent trends and changes in relation to the planning of public spaces and urban built environments to enable better access to parks and nature. The crisis, however, has exposed the inequities around access to green space where vulnerable populations such as older people and those in low socioeconomic areas are particularly affected. The crisis presents an opportunity to positively impact on society, and an opportunity to consolidate new emerging trends to better integrate nature into the architecture, infrastructure, and public spaces of urban areas.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Health Research
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • built environment
  • COVID-19
  • health
  • older people
  • Outdoors
  • parks
  • spaces

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