innovation

EVERY CLASS HAS BEEN RESEARCHED AND PROVEN TO HELP HEALTHY AGEING

Obviously, we want you to take part in our classes because you find them interesting and enjoyable and like the interaction but there’s actually a lot more to them than first meets the eye. You’ll notice there are Geek Notes attached to every activity. They’ll give you a better understanding of the evidence-based benefits of that particular activity for healthy ageing. If that whets your appetite for more information in a particular area, we also provide links to academic and scientific published papers, including some from our very own Research & Innovation team. While we were at it, we thought it would be helpful for you to understand and recognise how much you’re impacting your wellbeing, so we’ve introduced a simple points-based system for each activity. This is based on the three key areas of healthy ageing: cognitive (brain function), physical (fitness, strength and daily functioning) and mental (emotional). Or as we like to call them: mind, body and soul.

WHAT WE DO

The Goldster ethos is built upon the evidence collated by our Research & Innovation department, led by Dr. Zara Quail, Dr. Charles Young and our Managing Director, Mark Mclean Carter. We believe an important part of our mission includes sharing what we’ve learnt along the way, by regularly publishing papers for the common good. (If you fancy reading any of them, just click on the icons near the bottom of this page.) The research and innovation at our core is derived from our parent company, Care Visions Healthy Ageing. Its focus is on non-pharmacological interventions – in other words, treatments that don’t use medications – to help people age more healthily. Our research constantly feeds into the development of a unique healthy ageing ‘pathway’ that provides the backbone of evidence for all the classes and activities offered on the Goldster platform. This approach not only supports the development of our programmes, it also paves the way in identifying new therapies, as well as discovering areas where further research is needed into maintaining physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing.

OUR APPROACH TO EVIDENCE

OUR STORY

Our teams in the UK and China have been on an incredible journey to get to this point. The graphic timeline below shows how we started in 2015 and highlights our achievements on that journey. A special breakthrough was the development of our unique Structured Cognitive Intervention Pathway meaning we could apply the same process used to help people living with dementia to define programmes that help healthy ageing. Overall, It's been the experience and inspiration from the communities we worked with that made us want to develop this healthy ageing club. We firmly believe healthy ageing is for everyone and our desire to keep people engaged and active has led to us making the Goldster online platform accessible around the world.

OUR RESEARCH & INNOVATION TEAM

Our Research and Innovation team at Care Visions Healthy Ageing have developed the healthy ageing pathway that underpins the activities and programmes offered on Goldster.

They are the co-authors of the published papers below. Mark Carter oversees the development and implementation of our innovative approaches to healthy ageing programmes.

Dr Zara Quail runs the research, development and publications that support the work of Care Visions Healthy Ageing and Goldster. Dr Charles Young supervises Care Visions Healthy Ageing and Goldster's research and innovation programmes.

PUBLISHED PAPERS