No kidding around: BREC's new 'playground' for seniors designed to reduce injuries, boost health _lowres

This photo shows what the senior playground at BREC

They may not be slipping down slides and hanging from monkey bars, but the senior community of Baton Rouge now has a playground of their own.

The first “motion wellness senior station” in Louisiana has been installed at BREC’s Greenwood Community Park in Baker, and BREC will host a ribbon cutting for it on Friday evening. The Xccent Motion Wellness System is a playground of sorts, but with more of a purpose than simply having fun.

This photo shows what the senior playground at BREC's Greenwood Community Park in Baker will look like. Photo provided by BREC.

This photo shows what the senior playground at BREC’s Greenwood Community Park in Baker will look like. Photo provided by BREC.

The station is meant for seniors to practice the physical skills that they need in daily life but might erode over time — lifting arms up and down, walking on awkward surfaces, turning knobs and dials.

The system was designed to help reduce seniors’ injuries from falls by helping with balance and coordination. It’s marketed as offering benefits ranging from stretching muscles to improving hand-eye coordination.

BREC will provide leisure classes to teach seniors how to use the equipment, and the system is expected to be used in classes that BREC already teaches.

The Main Street Baker Pilot Club and Pilot International helped provide the funding for the fitness equipment. BREC paid for the installation, along with concrete walkways and rubber safety surfacing to go with it.

The ribbon cutting will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6 at the Greenwood Community Park. The ribbon cutting will feature zumba and insanity workout demonstrations, along with Swiss Bliss Yogurt and a movie in the park.

Rain has stalled some of the progress on the senior playground, and some of the walkways are still being installed. If it rains on Friday, the ribbon cutting will happen under one of the park’s pavilions.

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