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Working, Volunteering Could Reduce Disablement in Seniors, Study Finds

(Georgia State University) Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University.
The study found people ages 50 to 64 who worked full-time or part-time or volunteered up to 100 hours per year experienced a reduction in the extent to which chronic conditions were associated with subsequent functional limitations, such as the ability to walk a block or climb a flight of stairs…
"If we can find interventions that slow down early-stage disability, we might be able to help people live healthier and ultimately longer because decreased physical functioning is associated with excess risk of mortality," [lead author Ben Lennox] Kail said. "What we're arguing is that it's important to have programs that incentivize people who are healthy enough to continue working and volunteering to do so because it can intervene in health processes."
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