Older Persons Day: Change the way you think about getting older

Living well in later life Worcestershire logo Published Thursday, 30th September 2021

Public Health in Worcestershire is asking people to change the way they think about ageing.

Friday 1 October 2021 is United Nations International Day for Older Person 2021 and an opportunity to promote positive ageing and change perceptions around getting older.

Public Health in Worcestershire want to remind people there is lots they can do now, to stay active in older age.

Worcestershire County Council and partners ADL Smartcare recently introduced the Worcestershire LifeCurve™, a new website and mobile app to help people in Worcestershire find out how well they are ageing, and whether they are losing the ability to do everyday tasks.

The app allows people to discover where they are on their personal ageing journey and what they can do to stay independent for longer. The app recommends a few small daily lifestyle changes and simple exercises to help you stay active in older age.

Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Worcestershire County Council said, “International Day for Older Persons is a great opportunity for us all to think about how to stay active in older age. At Worcestershire County Council we want people to have healthy and independent later lives and often that starts by looking at how we are currently ageing.

“The introduction of the LifeCurveTM app has been shown to positively affect the lives of older people, keeping them more active and independent at home for longer.”

The Worcestershire LifeCurve™ is easy to sign up to and asks users to take a quick self-assessment.  It then offers users locally tailored information on their current wellbeing, access to local resources and advice on staying active. 

The LifeCurve™ was developed by ADL Smartcare and is based on research by Newcastle University. This research found people age and lose the ability to do certain daily tasks in the same order. For example, as we get older, day to day tasks such as cutting toenails become more difficult.

The Worcestershire Lifecurve website and app is part of the County Council’s project Living Well Later In Life Worcestershire, which encourages and celebrates positive ageing. 

For more on Older Persons Day please visit the dedicated Older Persons day pages on the United Nations website.

For more information on Living Well Later in Life visit the dedicated Living Well Later in Life pages of the County Council website.

To sign up to the Worcestershire LifeCurveTM or download the app visit The Worcestershire Lifecurve website.