Active ageing in the outdoors for older people: working together for a healthier world

ENJOY promotes public health by combining built environment change and physical activity promotion intervention. Through our collaborative framework we aim to address the need for more age-friendly active outdoor spaces that provide opportunities for older people to engage in safe physical and social activities.

Creating inclusive and accessible outdoor environments that encourage and provide opportunities for older adults to engage in physical activity and social interaction is important for healthy ageing.

Only 25% of older people in Australia meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. With higher sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity reported among older people, creating opportunities for older people to engage in outdoor physical activity is important and requires commitment from the community and local governments.

The National Ageing Research Institute in partnership with several local governments, government bodies and stakeholders have been working together to create age-friendly outdoor spaces for older people to engage in physical and social activities for healthier and liveable cities and communities in Victoria.

The design of outdoor public spaces, including parks, leisure spaces and outdoor exercise equipment should be inclusive of all ages and abilities. We have provided some practical recommendations and suggestions for the design of age friendly outdoor spaces.

You can find out more about the evidence for the effectiveness of age-friendly research spaces by reading our research publications.

For further details please contact the project leader Professor Pazit Levinger.

Seniors Exercise Park Training: safe use, exercise prescription & program design 

The newly constructed Seniors Exercise Park in Knoxfield is an innovative design in outdoor exercise equipment, integrating multiple stations specifically designed for older people to improve strength, balance, facilitator, mobility and function. This free workshop will include an online component (Part 1) via Zoom and a practical face to face component (Part 2) at Carrington Park.

Workshop details:

Participants must attend both components to complete the workshop. 

  • Part 1 Online Component | Friday 22nd April 2022, 9am-11am
        Location: Zoom link will be sent to you upon registration

  • Part 2 Face to face Component | Tuesday 26th April 2022, 10:30am-11:30am

        Location: 20 Oconnor Road, Knoxfield VIC 3180 (Please arrive 15 minutes prior)

At this 3-hour workshop, you will learn:

  • To recognise the impact of lack of physical activity in older age
  • To understand the beneficial effects of using the Seniors Exercise Park equipment
  • How to use the equipment safely
  • How to use the ENJOY-ME-APP (Mobile App)
  • What exercises can be prescribed and how to progress them
  • How to run a group exercise class

This workshop gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and will include practical application experience in using the Seniors Exercise Park for your clients.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Professor Pazit Levinger (PhD, AEP)
  • Mr Jeremy Dunn, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
  • Ms Emma Abfalter, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)

Who should attend:

  • Healthcare providers
  • Allied health professionals (exercise science/physiologists, physiotherapists)
  • Exercise instructors

For more information, please contact Prof Pazit Levinger.

Booking for this event has now closed.