App aims to help people stay fitter and healthier by staying ahead of the curve

The new app has been launched by Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership to help people better understand their own health and fitness, and provide advice on how to stay fitter and healthier for longer.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 20th January 2022, 12:02 pm
Updated Monday, 24th January 2022, 11:22 am
Lead AHP of Community Health and Social Care Lynne Mann
Lead AHP of Community Health and Social Care Lynne Mann

LifeCurve emerged from work carried out by Professor Peter Gore and his team at Newcastle University, who concluded that the decline in people’s health and wellbeing can be plotted on a progressive curve.

This ‘LifeCurve’ supports people to assess their current level of fitness and ability, anticipate changes, and take action to help slow or even reverse possible declines.

Professor Gore and his team found that people tend to lose the ability to do various everyday activities in a set order.

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Earlier, they stop being able to walk briskly, get up from the floor, or cut their own toenails.

Later on, they tend to lose the ability to cook a hot meal, perform light housework and get up from a chair unaided.

Professor Gore’s team mapped these events on to a typical lifespan, producing the LifeCurve.

Someone who follows the typical curve is progressing at an average rate, while someone sitting above the curve is still able to do things that most people their age can no longer manage.

Lynne Mann, Lead AHP of Community Health and Social Care, said: “LifeCurve is based on cutting-edge research by UK scientists into ageing and is being employed as part of the Still Going research project.

“We’re very proud that Dumfries and Galloway is one of the first regions in the country to be a part of this of this research project which will see learning shared with the team at the University of Strathclyde.

“If people try out the app they will find that it may offer them a better understanding of their current levels of health and fitness, that it provides suggestions to slow or even reverse any decline, and a means to map their progress.”

The app was developed by Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and the software company ADL Smart Care. It is being used as part of Strathclyde’s Still Going project, led by Susan Kelso.

The app is free to download and is available for Apple and Android phones, see https://stillgoingproject.co.uk for more information.