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.

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

Instructional sign in seniors exercise park

The ENJOY-ME-APP is a mobile application to assist park visitors to use the Seniors Exercise Park safely.

Our newly constructed sites at Ivanhoe Park (Ivanhoe) and Mount Pleasant Reserve (Ballarat) include QR codes on the main park signage and at each of the pieces of equipment.

These QR codes will help you to get started.

Please scan the QR code using your smart phone to view further information about the Seniors Exercise Park.

How does QR work?

Example of a QR codeQR is short for Quick Response and they can be read quickly by a mobile phone.
Some mobile phones have an in-built QR Code scanner in their native camera, however some mobile phones require  you to download a QR Code application (‘mobile app’).

Follow the steps below:

1. Open the camera on your smart phone
2. Line up the QR code in the camera frame and open the notification banner that appears to open its contents
3. If there are no notification banners and nothing happens then you may need a QR code application (follow the steps below).

How to download a QR code application* to my mobile phone

1. Open your ‘App Store’ or Google ‘Playstore’
2. In the search menu type in: ‘Kaspersky QR Reader and Scanner’ Neoreader Barcode Scanner (this is a free QR code app suitable for most mobile phone types)
3. Click on the ‘search’ function
4. Once you found the app, click on ‘install’
5. Once installed open the QR app (you may be required to agree to the terms and conditions)
6. If the following message appears: ‘aAllow to access photos, media and other files on your device’, click ‘allow’.
7. Open the app and line app the QR code in front of your mobile phone
8. Then click on ‘open in browser’.
9. You should be able to view the content now.

There may be several free QR code scanner apps available, you can choose the one you like.

*The QR code app may require mobile data usage which may incur additional charges, please contact your network service provider for details.