ED­I­TOR LIZ KEARNEY

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE - WITH EIL­ISH O’RE­GAN

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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.”

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