Scotland’s population is changing. People are living longer and want to enjoy a good quality of life throughout their life. People often assume that as they get older it is inevitable that they will stop being able to do the everyday activities that are important to them. This is not the case.
Research at the University of Newcastle has developed a model of ageing based on the concept of compressed functional decline- which put simply means keeping active and independent until the last stages of your life. This concept has been made available through a practical tool created by ADL Smartcare Limited called the LifeCurve™. The STILL Going Project is using the LifeCurve™ App, which is free to download and use, to provide evidence-based information and advice that can help people have a better ageing journey. We are asking people to take part by downloading the App, finding out where they are on their LifeCurve™ choose from activities and tasks suggested to them, put these in their plan and do them on a regular basis. By connecting to us as a partner the STILL Going Research team can learn from the experiences and choices people make which will help the design of better services to support to people in later life.
Two people riding bikes in a sunny park
The App was designed before the COVID-19 pandemic and many of the suggested tasks point you to activities based in your local community not all of which may running right now. However, there are also many activities in the App which you can do in your own home and safely outside. Please remember to follow Scottish Government guidance on COVID-19 at all times. And here is helpful advice on keeping active outside at the Paths For All website: https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/news/news-post/our-response-to-covid-19
You can download the App on any smart device i.e. smart phone or tablet. Go to the "Get the App" page of this website for details of how to do this - it's straightforward but check out the self help guides and videos for step by step help. The LifeCurve ™ App User Guide for the Still Going Project has all the information you need to find, download and use the App. This guide can be found at the bottom of the "Get the App" page of this website.
By agreeing to take part in the STILL Going Research you will be helping to identify what works to keep people active, healthy and independent into later life.
Don't forget you can ask us any questions by using the "Contact Us" page of this website.