• Choosing Between Inpatient and Outpatient Behavioral Care

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    RISE Behavioral Health is a program offered through Southern Hills Hospital to provide focused care for adults over 50 facing issues such as depression, dementia, anxiety, and substance abuse. There are two pathways for behavioral healthcare through this program: inpatient and outpatient care.

    Inpatient care is provided through a dedicated 14-bed unit, and it may be most appropriate for severe mental health issues or adults who require daily personal care. Outpatient care utilizes group therapy and one-on-one sessions for an intensive program offering results without a hospital stay. This may be a more affordable and flexible option for individuals who may not need around-the-clock supervision and care.

    If you have a loved one over 50 struggling with depression, thoughts of self-harm, or mood changes related to dementia, call Southern Hills Hospital at (702) 880-2100 to learn what RISE Behavioral Health can do to help. 

  • Tips for Minimizing Splurge Days in Your Diet

    As you get on the path to better health by transitioning to a healthier diet in the New Year, you may have temptation with junk food and unhealthy fast food choices. It can be hard to give up all of the not-so-healthy choices you are used to in favor of more nutritious options, but there are some strategies that can help you fight the urge to splurge.

    This video shares some pointers that will let you indulge more carefully so that you can follow a healthier diet all year round. When you do have foods that are high in fat or sugar, keep portion sizes small and try to only eat them a few times each month.

    For support and resources that can boost your success in your diet for the New Year, call Southern Hills Hospital through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100. You can reach us 24/7 for answers to your health questions or physician referrals within our Las Vegas hospital. 

  • Insights on Alzheimer’s Research

    Alzheimer’s disease is a prevalent cause of dementia among elderly adults, but there is still much that needs to be learned about this disease to find a cure or advance prevention efforts. This video shows highlights from a conference with the NIH on Alzheimer’s related dementias. It is important to distinguish Alzheimer’s from other dementias, because there are crucial distinctions in their causes and progression. Watch the whole video clip to learn about current Alzheimer’s research and areas where the disease still poses big questions in the medical field.

    If you have a loved one suffering from personality changes and mental health complications related to dementia, explore the services of RISE Behavioral Health at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. You can reach us online or by calling (702) 880-2100. 

  • Finding a Healthy Target Weight for Your New Year’s Resolution

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    Losing weight is always a leading goal for New Year’s resolutions, but it may be an unsuccessful one if you do not have a clear plan in mind. In order to get healthy through weight loss, you should first know the healthiest weight for your body type.

    Measuring your current BMI should be your first step in planning a weight loss goal. This way, you can see where you stand in terms of whether you are overweight or obese along with the range of healthy weights for your height. BMI is not the only factor to consider, since muscle does weigh more than fat, and different body shapes may have different ideal weights. Therefore, you might account for a gain of about 5-10 pounds of muscle along with the loss of fat. If you carry most of your excess weight in your belly, you may also have to lose more weight than someone who carries weight in the hips and thighs in order to be your healthiest.

    To learn more about personalizing a healthy weight loss goal for the New Year, connect with Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center . You can reach us on our website or at (702) 880-2100 to begin learning about our programs for better health throughout the Las Vegas community. 

  • What Happens When Depression Goes Untreated?

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    Clinical depression is a serious medical condition, but many people often assume it is just a phase that will pass on its own. Depression is more than passing sadness, however. It is caused by physical imbalances in the brain that cause feelings of worthlessness, sadness, anger, guilt, or hopelessness. Along with these feelings, there may be a number of other symptoms that can worsen significantly without treatment. Here is a closer look at the effects that may result from prolonging depression treatment .

    Poor Diet and Sleep Patterns

    For some people, depression may lead to overeating, while others may have no appetite at all. Sleep may be affected similarly with some depression patients sleeping far too much and others suffering from insomnia. In any situation where sleep and diet are affected, individuals with depression may experience a number of side effects such as a higher risk for heart disease or significant changes in body weight.

    Increased Chances of Self-Destructive Behavior

    Depression has a high risk for suicide , substance abuse, and other destructive behaviors, which may only become more of a problem as depression goes untreated. If a loved one is struggling with depression, any talk of suicide or self-harm should be taken seriously and met with psychological care.

    Physical Depression Symptoms

    Many people do not realize that symptoms like headaches, heartburn, chronic pain, or digestive issues can all be the result of depression. Men tend to ignore these symptoms more frequently than women, so they are overall less likely to seek treatment for depression without the encouragement of a spouse or relative.

    To learn where you can find the right treatment for depression, call Southern Hills Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line 24/7. You can also connect with us online to explore our behavioral care for older adults offered through RISE Behavioral Health. 

  • Natural Ways to Boost Your Folic Acid Intake

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    Folic acid, or folate, is an essential nutrient during pregnancy , because it can prevent serious birth defects affecting the brain and spinal cord. This B vitamin is also important for men and women who are not expecting, because a deficiency may cause diarrhea, ulcers, or poor growth. Because folate is water-soluble, excess quantities will not stay stored in the body. This means that you may be better off overestimating your folic acid needs and using these strategies to get more of the nutrient into your diet.

    Mix Greens into Your Smoothies

    Leafy green vegetables such as kale and chard are naturally rich in folic acid, but they can have a bitter flavor that may not be what you want to eat every day. Instead of cooking leafy greens with heavy quantities of sugar, fat, and salt, you can hide them in smoothies that will mask the flavor with the pleasing taste of your favorite fruits.

    Try Eating Vegetarian Meals

    Beans are another plentiful source of folate , so you might opt to eat a few vegetarian dinners each week to get the nutrition you need—especially during pregnancy. Vegetarian chili, black bean burgers, and curried lentils are all healthy, delicious ways to eat more folic acid while still getting the protein you need.

    Start Your Day with Breakfast Cereal

    Many breakfast cereals are fortified with folate, and some even have 100% of the daily recommended value of folic acid. To add even more folic acid to your breakfast, swap out regular milk for almond milk, which is naturally found in almonds.

    If you are an expecting mom looking for attentive prenatal care and beautiful surroundings for your delivery, schedule a tour of the maternity unit at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us on our website or call us at (702) 880-2100 to discover what you can expect when you’re expecting with us. 

  • Top Exercise Trends to Embrace in 2015

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    If one of your goals for the New Year is to get in shape, you will want to have a specific plan for getting physically active so that you see results and stay on track as the year progresses. With the fitness trends forecasted for 2015, you might have more fun exercising and feel that the typical gym environment is much more approachable for anyone. Here’s a closer look at these trends that may help you break away from a routine of endless cardio with minimal results.

    Strength Training for Everyone

    More and more people are realizing the benefits of strength training , since building muscle strength is necessary for effective weight management and total fitness. In community gyms, you are more likely to see a wider range of people involved in weight training along with gym membership plans that appeal to everyone rather than exclusive marketing to fitness buffs.

    Workplace Health Initiatives

    When businesses invest in workplace health programs like free gym memberships or onsite exercise facilities, they save money on company benefits and have fewer employees calling in sick. Therefore, you might encourage your employer to begin a fitness program so that exercise can easily become a part of your routine in the New Year.

    Circuit Training

    Circuit training is a system designed to promote high-repetition workouts over a short period of about 30 minutes. With circuit training, you can get the full-body workout of higher-intensity routines without pushing your physical limits to extremes.

    Group Personal Training

    Even with a growing number of people involved in weight training exercises, you might still find yourself wanting personalized instruction to start a strengthening routine. Group personal training is a program that is growing in popularity, since it still includes one-on-one guidance, but the cost is shared among a group of friends.

    Southern Hills Hospital can help you stick to your goals for the New Year with a wide range of healthcare services and 24/7 availability through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100. To learn more about our services in Las Vegas, visit us online. 

  • A Look at Anxiety Disorders in Seniors

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    The aging process is a natural source of anxiety, particularly in a culture obsessed with youth. However, anxiety disorders in the aging process are not a normal part of getting older, and they should be met with specialized behavioral care. There are many different types of anxiety disorders in which fear and anxiety manifest themselves and make it difficult to get through the day. This article will offer some insight on how these conditions affect older adults so that you know the importance of seeking treatment.

    Types of Anxiety Disorders

    There is a wide spectrum of different anxiety disorders , but some of the most common include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and social phobia. Each of these conditions has different triggers for anxiety, though they all share common traits such as feelings of no control, persistent anxiousness, and an unrealistic sense of fear or paranoia.

    Unique Concerns for Seniors

    Because anxiety disorders are not as prevalent in older adults as they are in younger people, they may go undiagnosed or written off as normal aging stress. Seniors may also have more triggers for existing anxiety disorders such as loneliness, financial stress, and increased thoughts of mortality.

    Dual Diagnoses in Older Adults

    One of the ways that management of anxiety disorders in seniors has been improved is through dual diagnoses, which often occur with conditions including heart disease, depression, cancer, and diabetes. When multiple conditions are considered during treatment, patients tend to have more success in minimizing anxiety with reduced stress about their physical health.

    At Southern Hills Hospital’s RISE Behavioral Health unit, adults 55 and over can find specialized inpatient and outpatient behavioral care with the help of physicians, nurses, and support staff who understand the unique psychological needs of older adults. You can explore our services and find mental health resources on our website or at (702) 880-2100.