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Kemuri: Wellbeing Indicators

The first indicator of declining wellbeing is the ability to cut your own toenails. That’s a conclusion of ongoing research in the Newcastle University Institute of Ageing. They identified fifteen key indicators as people’s capability reduces in the last ten years of life. Two scenarios are shown on the chart below.

Kemuri Zone: between curves of reducing capability

Kemuri Zone

The left hand side is a typical steady decline over seven years. The right hand side is an optimally managed end-of-life curve. Perceived wellbeing is higher for six years before an inevitable decline and the need for professional domiciliary or residential care services.

Quarkside was surprised that maintaining the ability to walk 400 yards for six years could increase lifespan by almost three years. Furthermore, the period of reduced capability is shorted, resulting in lower costs for end-of-life care.

This research is being embedded into the Kemuri Wellbeing Monitor software. People should consider installing a KemuriSense Smart Power Socket into the kitchens of people living alone when they cannot walk 400 yards and having difficulty with heavy housework and washing clothes. Families can expect to gain peace of mind for three to five years using the Kemuri service – when they are in the Kemuri Zone between the curves of reducing capability.

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