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

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.

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.

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

  • What is the Seniors Exercise Park?

    The Seniors Exercise Park is an outdoor exercise equipment includes multiple stations specifically designed for older people to improve strength, balance, joint movements, mobility and function. Read more


    The ENJOY IMP-ACT project is an implementation research project designed to increase participation in physical activity to improve health outcomes for older people in Victoria. Read more


    The ENJOY MAP for HEALTH project is a partnership between Banyule City Council, the City of Ballarat and the National Ageing Research Institute funded through the State Trustees Foundation of Australia. Read more

  • The ENJOY trial: Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect in the cOmmunitY

    The ENJOY project provides a unique opportunity for outdoor physical and social activities, tailored to the needs of older people. Read more

  • ENJOY for Independence in Dementia

    This current pilot study is evaluating the feasibility of delivering the Seniors Exercise Park program for people living with mild to moderate dementia in residential aged care. Read more

  • Relevant research publications

    The ENJOY project has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on aspects of the program. Read more