|Newer residential communities for elders invest in indoor exercise rooms. However, these are far from being wellness playgrounds; they are workout rooms. They do not get elders outdoors, and promote very little social interaction. Furthermore, indoor workout rooms do little to build the valuable sense of community and belonging among residents.
||Other industrialized countries have even older populations than the U.S. Perhaps this is one reason why wellness playgrounds for elders, little known in the U.S., abound in China and Japan, where they first appeared in the 1990s. In the 2000s, elders' playgrounds have also become increasingly popular in Europe & Canada.