Senator José M. Serrano and Senator Rachel May have announced the introduction of legislation (S. 7765) to create a New York Senior Trail Guide that identifies walking and hiking opportunities for active seniors in State Parks, DEC managed lands, and along public, non-motorized multi-use trails.
According to the National Institute of Aging, maintaining an active lifestyle as a senior may prevent or delay the onset of diseases like diabetes, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease. Exercise also has proven mental health benefits like improved moods, better sleep patterns, increased cognitive function, and has been shown to stave off dementia.
New York already incentivizes senior residents to visit State Parks through the Golden Park Program, which offers free weekday access to New York State residents age 62 or older. Access to a Senior Trail Guide is expected to encourage seniors to take advantage of the Golden Park Pass and explore their local trails.
Senator José M. Serrano is the Chair of the Senate Majority Conference and Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks & Recreation. He represents the 29th Senate District, which covers neighborhoods in the South & West Bronx, East Harlem, Upper Yorkville, Roosevelt Island, Central Park and the Upper West Side.
Senator Rachel May represents the 53rd district, which comprises Syracuse and surrounding communities.
For more information, contact Damaris Olivo at [email protected] or (212) 828-5829.
Photo courtesy State Parks.