EDITOR LIZ KEARNEY
There’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that as we age, we need to keep up not just our aerobic fitness, but also our strength. As we get older we naturally lose muscle mass, so combating this through strength training — using some kind of weights or resistance — has a range of benefits. These include reducing the risk of trips and falls, improved posture, and fewer aches and pains.
A good place to start is your local gym, where if you find a well-qualified trainer, you’ll be confident that you can train in safety and with plenty of proper guidance to help you reach your targets. But there are other ways of incorporating strength training into your week. Find out why you should be thinking about muscle mass, and where you can start on pages 6&7.
For families caring for a loved one at home in their final days, the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nurse team are a lifeline, providing medical expertise and care in those emotion-charged final days. Tanya Sweeney speaks to the nurses on pages 8&9 and hears why their job is uniquely enriching.
What’s in that stock cube you’re using? Our resident dietitian, Orla Walsh takes a closer look at the ingredients on page 13. And don’t miss Siobhan Byrne’s series focusing on what exercises can help your back. That kicks off today on page 15. On page 14, David Coleman has some advice for a parent whose son is being left out of the local GAA team. As always, there’s lots more.
Until next week! Liz MANAGERIAL support and help for employees with depression is linked to lower rates of workplace absenteeism.
An international survey of 15 countries bolster the case for active workplace policies on mental health. Many people experience depression at some point during their working lives, but mental health issues are still stigmatised.
As a result, those affected often don’t disclose their problem or seek help for fear of repercussions, say the researchers in BMJ Open. Analysis of the individual factors associated with absenteeism and presenteeism revealed that people who were more highly educated took more time off for depression than their less well-educated peers.
Those working for larger companies took fewer days off work than those working for smaller ones.
Older (45-64 year old) men with medium to low levels of educational attainment were more likely to come into work than their younger peers, as were employees living in higher income countries.
The researchers in the London School of Economics and Political Science said: “This strengthens the economic case for supporting the development and implementation of effective policies and practices for managers to support an employee with depression.”