Doing household chores improves memory and health in old age: Study

Some people may find it difficult to manage a home, doing cleaning, washing, and making the surroundings clean whereas some other do it perfectly and they might not be hesitant to take it. Doing household chores are indeed a boost to our health- revealed in a study. A Singapore-based team of researchers said, “ regular physical activity “improves physical and mental health in old age.”

The team of researchers published the study in the journal ‘BMJ Open’. The researchers said elderly people who participate in a combination of light housework and more physically demanding chores appear to have “higher cognitive function”. The study also mentioned, household chores mitigates the risks and effects of chronic diseases, and reduces falls, immobility, dependency, and mortality among older adults”.

In the study, the team recruited adults from Yishun town in Singapore which included 249 participants. Participants were asked about the extent of their physical activity and assessed their likelihood of falling based on measures such as the strength of the knee extension, including the light housework and heavy household chores they performed. The participants were from the age group 21 to 64 and also from the age group-  65 to 90 years.

when the team examined the participants, the cognitive scores and attention scores were 8% and 14% higher for older adults doing high works. Their age, sex, and the amount of light housework were undertaken during the survey. The team also found cognitive scores were 5% higher for older adults who reported high levels of light housework – on average doing 902 minutes a week – and memory scores were also higher, compared with those undertaking low levels of such tasks, averaging 89 minutes a week.

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“Homework is a goal-oriented activity that many adults do. Heavy chores are associated with a sharp memory, providing better fall protection in the elderly independent of recreation,” said Dr Shiou-Liang Wee, co-author of the research,