Manage your hauora (health) and live independently for as long as you can.
How am I ageing?
As we age it may feel like our tinana (bodies) are slowing down.
Research shows we can make a difference to how we age and getting older does not have to mean losing independence (the ability to look after yourself).
Quickly discover how you are ageing with the LifeCurve™ app.
Why use the LifeCurve™?
The LifeCurve™ app is free and easy to use.
Using the LifeCurve™ app you can manage your hauora (health) and live independently for as long as you can.
How to use the LifeCurve™
- Download the app onto your phone
- Answer 19 quick questions
- See your position on the LifeCurve™
- Complete the tasks to improve your position on the LifeCurve™
Download LifeCurve™ today!
The LifeCurve™ is an easy to use app for your phone to support healthy ageing. The LifeCurve™ is based on research and measures how you are ageing by looking at your ability to do 19 everyday activities.
The LifeCurve™ app is free and easy to use.
Using the LifeCurve™ app, you can manage your hauora (health) and live independently for as long as you can.
The LifeCurve™ app gives useful advice and empowers you to age well.
As we age it may feel like our tinana (bodies) are slowing down; however, research shows that we can make a difference to how we age and getting older does not have to mean losing independence (the ability to look after yourself).
It’s about changing our attitudes to ageing. No matter what age we are, small changes like adding more movement into our lives can make a big difference.
- Once you register for the app, you simply answer 19 questions about your ability to do everyday activities. Research has confirmed that people generally lose the ability to do these everyday activities in a particular order over time as they age.
- These are activities such as being able to cut your own toenails, walk up and down stairs, cook a hot meal or complete heavy housework.
- By completing the questions about everyday activities, you can see your position on the LifeCurve™ and see how well you are ageing. Based on this position, you can then view helpful advice on ways to improve your abilities, relevant services or activities to improve your position on the LifeCurve™.
The LifeCurve™ app can add life to your years.
You can measure how you are ageing and learn simple ways to improve your abilities. This can empower you to manage your own ageing journey and stay active.
You can see Hints and Tips on healthy ageing and things like falls prevention as well as set reminders to do ‘tasks’ of your choice, like specific exercises to improve your position on the LifeCurve™.
Ultimately this can ensure that you maintain your independence and can live with dignity in your own community at home for as long as possible.
The LifeCurve™ app is based on functional ability rather than age and it can be used by any adult.
The idea is to keep yourself off the LifeCurve™ or improve your position on the LifeCurve™.
The LifeCurve™ app is easy to use and free to download from Apple and Google app stores for mobile or tablet devices.
If you don’t have a smartphone or need help with the app, you can choose someone to support you. This could be a family member, friend or Hauora (GP/Health provider).
You can also use the website bayofplenty.lifecurve.co.nz to access the LifeCurve™.
The LifeCurve™ is free.
The LifeCurve™ app has been in use in the UK since 2018 and is based on research and evidence collected since ADL Smartcare began in 2002.
Ongoing use and research is successfully supporting people to age well in the UK. Over 250,000 assessments have been completed through ADL Smartcare Limited’s Healthy Ageing Digital Service based on the LifeCurve™.
Yes. The LifeCurve™ is a framework on the compression of functional decline based on research from Newcastle University. (Ref. doi.org)
This research as well as other research around the world confirms that it is possible to limit functional decline as we age; and that strengthening and activity can make a positive impact on your ageing journey regardless of how old you are. (Ref. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov researchgate.net)
The following study determined that if you have a negative stereotype of ageing you will be walking slower and be more cognitively declined 2 years later:
Kenny, Rose Anne. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), 2009-2011. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-08-01. (Ref. doi.org)
The LifeCurve™ will also be used for research that is happening in New Zealand this year:
The AWESSoM study - Ageing Well through Eating, Sleeping, Socialising and Mobility. This is being led by Professor Ngaire Kerse, Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well, University of Auckland. This is a large study with $5million in funding from the Ageing Well National Science Challenge and consists of several projects across population groups to maximise independence for older people.
LifeCurve™ appropriateness for Māori – This research is taking place in the Bay of Plenty and is being led by Dr Anna Rolleston and the Kaupapa Māori research team at Manawa Ora / The Centre for Health in Tauranga. thecentreforhealth.co.nz. The Bay of Plenty DHB will work in partnership with knowledge gained from this research guiding future adaptations to the app in line with a Māori worldview.
The goals of the LifeCurve™ are to improve outcomes for older people, contribute to improving equity for Māori, keep people out of hospital and empower people to manage their own healthy ageing journeys.
Empowering people to manage their own healthy ageing journeys can have a positive impact from a population perspective.
Knowledge is power and the LifeCurve™ gives people more knowledge about how to age well. Improving outcomes for older people and reducing the amount of time spent in residential care is good for everyone.