The STILL Going research project is based in the University of Strathclyde and is open to anyone over the age of 50 in Scotland.
Existing research has found that how we age is not inevitable. Most people worry about losing their independence when they get older. And often the message from the media is that it’s all just part of ageing and something we cannot do anything about. But that is wrong!
It is true that from around age 30 we begin to lose our muscle mass. We lose around 3-5% of our muscle mass every decade after that. So by the time you reach 60 you are likely to have 10% less muscle mass. Muscle mass is important for keeping strong, staying steady on our feet and being able to do everyday activities like going up and down stairs, walking to the local shops, being able to cut our toenails and get in and out of the bath/shower.
But we can do things to keep or rebuild our muscle mass. The old adage “ use it or lose it” is true!
We CAN keep our independence, keep fit and healthy, stay strong and mobile throughout our later life.
This is especially important if you have one or more long term health conditions.
The LifeCurve™ App is full of information and activities on how you can do this. And the key message is that the earlier you start the better!
We are asking you to take part in the research for 2 reasons:
1. So that you get the information and advice you need to get started, and
2. So that we can use your anonymous information to help us find out what is working to help people in Scotland keep fit and active in later life.
This will help service providers and funders know where to put their resources in the future to help people live well into their later life.
We also hope it will help change the perception of older people and getting older. Older people already make up a vital part of family and community life and we want society to recognise this more widely and see getting older more positively. In fact ,the LifeCurve™ App has a Community area with lots of positive and inspirational stories from older people.
The STILL Going research is part of the University of Strathclyde’s work into healthy ageing. To find out more click on the link below:
For further information about the project not on this site or if you have a question or suggestion please use the "contact us" page at the end of this website and we will get back to you. We usually respond within 1-2 days.