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Elderly who work to keep their house clean tend to feel emotionally and physically better than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, according to a new research published in the journal Geriatric Nursing.

“What I found was that neighbourhood poverty did not directly affect mental or physical health,” said researcher Kathy Wright from the Case Western Reserve University.

The findings show how important it is for sedentary older adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses to continue physical activities, such as doing reaching exercises while sitting, arm curls and standing up and sitting down on a chair, Wright noted.

The study found that older adults who keep a clean and orderly home–because of the exercise it takes to get the job done–tend to feel emotionally and physically better after tackling house chores.


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