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.

Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect in the cOmmunitY for older people - More Active People for HEALTHier communities

The ENJOY MAP for HEALTH project has refurbished the following parks to create age-friendly outdoor spaces for older people to engage in physical and social activities:

  • Mt Pleasant Reserve (Ballarat)
  • Ivanhoe Park (Ivanhoe)
  • Thomas St Reserve (Hampton)
  • Carrington Park (Knoxfield)
  • Victoria Park (Boroondara)
  • Wingham Park (Frankston).

This project is a partnership between Banyule City Council, the City of Ballarat, Bayside City Council and Knox City Council, City of Boroondara, Frankston City Council and the National Ageing Research Institute funded through the State Trustees Foundation of Australia.

The ENJOY MAP for HEALTH aims to evaluate the impact of the Seniors Exercise Park (specialised outdoor exercise equipment for older people) and associated capacity building activities on park visitation, park-based physical activity by older people and delivery of community physical activity programs.

Further details can be found in the protocol paper.

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