Article: Work, Age & Disability

Physically demanding work could result in increased disability at older age.

Irish researchers looked at work type (both paid work and upaind housework) and disability in 357 adults aged 57-80 years, and found that over half the participants reported doing physically demanding work.

A fifth of participants had complete function, but 65% were limited in function and 15% were disabled in their activities of daily living.

Physically demanding work was directly related to functional limitations and disability in older age.

Source: Irish Journal of Medical Sciences 2013;182:47-55.

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