"What I found was that neighborhood poverty did not directly affect mental or physical health," said Dr. 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."
The study involved 337 participants between 65 to 94 years of age. They discussed their backgrounds and physical and emotional well-being in interviews.
"House cleaning kept them up and moving," Wright noted.
The study appeared in the journal Geriatric Nursing.