LifeCurve app

Also called ADL LifeCurve app

An app to support healthy ageing.

LifeCurve By ADL Smartcare Ltd
Features
  • Reminders
  • App community
  • Simple tracking
  • Linking to relevant community services

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Country of origin  Aotearoa New Zealand
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes 
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free
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What does the app do?

The LifeCurve app is aimed at older adults, to support and encourage ageing well. The resources can help to maintain or improve the ability to complete everyday activities of daily living. The app can be used by individuals, caregivers or whānau with the ability to have multiple profiles under one account. 

There are 2 ways to use the app.

  • You can take the LifeCurve quiz and answer some questions about your functional abilities. You then receive a personalised results package with movement routines and hints and tips on how to age better, stay active and be safe.
  • You can choose a goal related to taking care of yourself, managing everyday tasks more easily or improving your strength and balance, which will also provide you with personalised advice based on knowledge from physiotherapists and occupational therapists. This personalised advice may include reading information sheets, viewing exercise animations and descriptions of exercises and links to external websites which can provide more support and information.

The app has the option to make connections with other ‘partners’ who are organisations that provide relevant support services, eg, a healthcare provider or group that provides exercise classes or meal preparation services. It also has links to services that will help the user achieve their goals such as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist for help with using stairs.

The app has been updated in partnership with Māori and is very helpful in a New Zealand context. It has links to the AWESSoM Study through the University of Auckland. You can choose for your anonymised data to be used for research into ageing and you can also opt to share it with other ‘partners’.

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PROS CONS 

✔ Provides access to a wide range of useful and reliable information and resources to support healthy ageing and improve ability to carry out activities of daily living.

✔ There is a benefit in that a lot of questions are asked in the initial quiz, as well as in some specific goals (such as climbing stairs) to give specific advice.

✘ There is a level of IT/app knowledge and experience that is needed to use the app.

✘ There is potential that some users may find the volume of questions/time to get to advice to be overwhelming.

✘ The search function is very sensitive – for example if you search “stairs” it returns no results, when there is in fact a very helpful section on climbing steps, which would have relevance to the keyword stairs. It's possible that the search function could be expanded by having more key words to pick up other words related to a topic, that may not specifically be included in the title.

The Māori health section is a bit limited at this stage – which just includes out of app links. It is likely that in future this could be developed and the principles of whānau/community, importance of kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face conversations) and maramataka (links between moon cycles and wellbeing) could be developed further into specific advice within the app. This is probably less of a con, and more of an opportunity for further development.

Review details

Date of review: December 2022
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 1.3

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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team. Reviewed By: Chris Lawrence, Community-based Physiotherapist Last reviewed: 08 Dec 2022