The LifeCurve ™ is a model of ageing discovered through research at the University of Newcastle and made available through a practical tool created by ADL Smartcare Limited. A model of ageing is just a way of thinking about how we experience getting older. The LifeCurve ™ is based on research which says there is a set order in which we lose the ability to do everyday activities as we age. The order in which we lose these abilities is shown in the LifeCurve ™ graph above.
How many of the activities on the left side of the graph can you do?
The LifeCurve ™ is not based on your actual age. Because how we age is affected by many things including our overall health, our early years’ experience, our living and social circumstances and our socio-economic status.
So you could be 90, fit and healthy and not be on the LifeCurve ™ or be near the top. Equally you might be in your late 50’s or 60’s and be nearer the middle of the LifeCurve ™ . The important thing is that wherever you are on the LifeCurve ™ you can change your position and it is never too late to start.
How does the LifeCurve ™ App work?
The App asks if you can do each of these 19 activities without any help. For those you can’t do it asks in years and months how long you haven’t been able to do them for. Then it calculates where you are on your own LifeCurve ™ and suggests activities you can do to improve or maintain your current position.
Most people who have followed the recommended activities in the App have moved up LifeCurve™ positions. This means they regain the ability to do one or more of the 19 activities. Even where people are living in a care home or get care at home, they are able to do more for themselves and have a better quality of life.
Find out more about the LifeCurve ™ App by clicking here: https://www.adlsmartcare.com/lifecurveapp
To read more about research using the LifeCurve ™ click on the links below:
Scottish National LifeCurve ™ Survey (2020):
New Horizons in the compression of functional decline (2018):
Losing the Ability in Activities of Daily Living in the Oldest Old: A Hierarchic Disability Scale from the Newcastle 85+ Study (2012)