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.
- The Effects of Housework on the Health of Retired Older Adults: A Preliminary Investigation from the Tongji-Dongfeng Cohort Study, China (plosone.org)