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.

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

The Seniors Exercise Park is an innovative design in outdoor exercise equipment, integrating multiple stations specifically designed for older people to improve strength, balance, flexibility, mobility and function. The Seniors Exercise Park is a novel concept that aims to fulfill the need for an active outdoor space for older people to be physically active in the community.

This free workshop will include an online component (Part 1) via Zoom and a practical face to face component (Part 2) at Thomastown.

Workshop details:

Participants must attend both components to complete the workshop and receive a certificate of attendance:

Part 1 - Online Component (Zoom)

  • Monday 29th May 2023 9am-11am AEST

Part 2 - Face to face Component

  • Wednesday 31st May 10am-11am AEST @ 36 Barry Rd, Thomastown

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 My ENJOY Health (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.

The workshop will be facilitated by the ENJOY Seniors Exercise Park project team from the National Ageing Research Institute:

Professor Pazit Levinger (PhD, AEP)

Dr Bronwyn Dreher (PhD, Physio)

Dr Lisa James (PhD, AEP)

Who should attend:

Healthcare providers

Allied health professionals (exercise science/physiologists, physiotherapists)

Exercise instructors

For more information, please contact Prof Pazit Levinger.

Registrations closed. Please contact [email protected] to find out about upcoming workshops.