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Spring Allergy Tips, Part One

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is proud to help seniors in the greater Harrisonburg area find medical insurance plans that best suit their individual needs. Whether you’re a new senior and are recently eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or Medigap insurance, or are looking to find a plan that is more appropriate for you, the Professional Agents at Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates will help you find a plan that works best for you. To learn more about how we can be of assistance to you, contact us today.

Spring is here, and with spring comes allergy season. The warmer temperatures are always a nice change, but the itching, sneezing and watering eyes are not always ideal. With this in mind, in part one of our blog series, we will look at a few things that you can do to help make allergy season a little easier to handle.

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is always a great way to welcome in the season. Not only does this help you clear your home of some of the clutter that you may have amassed in the winter months, but can also make your home a place that’s cleaner and free of allergens if done correctly. Wiping down surfaces, vacuuming carpets and rugs, mopping floors, as well as sweeping and dusting are all great ways to ensure that your home is truly clean and isn’t contributing to your overall allergy symptoms. Make sure that your kitchens and bathrooms are also cleaned regularly, as things like excess moisture are easy ways for mold to develop, something that commonly can cause your allergy symptoms to flare up.

Laundry Tips

Keeping with the spring cleaning theme, making sure that you’re laundering your clothes and bedding properly is another way to help ease the effects of spring allergies. If you find yourself having sensitive skin or being bothered by scents, investing in a dye- and fragrance-free laundry detergent will help keep your clothes fresh and clean without anything that could feasibly cause you any sort of irritation. When washing your bedding, wash your sheets, pillowcases, comforters and duvet covers in hot water as opposed to cold. This will help remove any allergens that may be lingering, effectively removing them and leaving your bedding feeling as fresh and clean as ever. Additionally, hanging your laundry in the sun, while easy and effective, can actually be detrimental to those of you trying to reduce the effects of spring allergies. By leaving your clothes, towels and bedding outside, you’re actually allowing allergens and pollen to attach themselves to them, defeating the purpose of doing laundry in the first place. Use your dryer or hang laundry to dry indoors to ensure that they will be clean and irritant-free.

Avoid Open Windows and Doors

We all know the temptation of wanting to open up the windows and doors the moment that the temperature starts to rise a little. While there’s nothing quite like fresh air, doing so can actually increase your instances of spring-related indoor allergies. By opening up your windows and doors, you are actually allowing more allergens and pollen into your home and letting them circulate in your home’s air supply. We understand the need for fresh air, however, so if you must do so, do it in the early afternoon. Pollen levels peak in the  early mornings, and while pollen may not be completely absent during other parts of the day, opening your windows and doors at times when it is less prevalent will decrease the amount of allergy-related irritation that you experience.

Find A Harrisonburg Senior Medical Insurance Plan

Those are just a few examples of things that you can do to reduce the effects of allergies this spring. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want nothing more than for our clients to be in the best of health. We provide you with resources like these, but what we do best is help Harrisonburg residents find excellent senior health insurance plans. Whether you’re looking for a Medicare, Medicaid or Medigap insurance plan, our experienced staff are here to help you find a medical insurance plan that best suits your needs. We shall continue this in part two of our blog series, but until then, contact Marketplace Agency today for all of your Harrison senior medical insurance needs.

Spring Allergy Tips, Part Two

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is here to serve seniors in the greater Harrisonburg area in finding healthcare plans that perfectly suit their needs. Whether you’re a new retiree that’s looking to find a Medicare, Medicaid or Medigap plan, or you’re searching for a supplemental insurance plan that works for you, our Professional Agents are here for you. We work hard to help every one of our clients not only find a plan that perfectly suits their needs, but we also help them understand their plan thoroughly. We want our clients to live happy and healthy lives, and we are able to carry out this desire in the services that we provide. To learn more about how Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates can help you with all of your senior health insurance needs, contact us today.

In part one of our blog series, we talked about a few things that you can do to help make this spring easier on your allergies. From doing some deep spring cleaning in your home, to avoiding open windows and doors and taking special care when doing laundry, there are an array of things that you can do to help make allergy season far more manageable. Concluding our blog series with part two, here are a few more tips for to help make allergy season easier.

Visit An Allergist

While they can affect some people more adversely than others, allergies are something that many people struggle with on a daily basis. While some people simply struggle through allergy season with tissues galore, many people don’t take the time to visit an allergist to better understand their allergies. Visiting an allergist will help give you a better idea about the things that make your allergy symptoms flare up, and it may even open your eyes to allergies you never knew you had. Visiting an allergist will help you better understand your health, as well as what sorts of scenarios you should avoid. Additionally, they can help point you in the direction of various types of relief, which we will cover in our next point

Take Your Allergy Medication

While this one may be a bit obvious, many people either aren’t prescribed allergy medication, or simply forget to take it. While this isn’t necessarily something that you need to be taking at all times, it’s prescribed to you for a reason, and is there for you when you notice your allergy symptoms flaring up. During the spring, when allergen and pollen levels are at their highest, this is the best time for you to be taking your medication. Taking it will help provide you with the relief that you need, allowing you to truly enjoy all of the things that spring in Virginia has to offer without all the struggle and discomfort.

Be Smart About When You Go Outdoors

We’ve talked about the importance of being active, and the benefits of regular exercise should not not go ignored. During spring, however, there are certain times of the day that can be specifically bad for pollen and outdoor allergens. Avoid spending time outdoors during the early mornings, specifically between the hours of 5 and 10 AM. It’s at these times that pollen levels are at their highest, so try to avoid spending time outdoors during these hours and you may be able to limit the amount of allergy-related irritation that you experience.

Still, being outdoors is one of the best parts of spring, especially from having to spend a majority of our time indoors all winter. One of the most ideal times to be outside, studies show, is after a rainstorm. After it has rained, the atmosphere has almost been “reset” in a way, essentially cleansing the air of pollen and other irritants. If you don’t mind puddles and a little dampness , taking a walk outside after the rain has cleared is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise without suffering at the hand of allergies.

Harrisonburg Medicare Insurance

Those are just a few more things that you can do to help make this allergy season a little bit easier on you overall. Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates wants what’s best for our clients, and by providing them with Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance plans that perfectly suit their needs, we are able to help them live happy and healthy lives. To learn more about our Harrisonburg senior medical insurance agency, contact us today

Seniors and Type 2 Diabetes, Part Two

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is here to serve seniors in the greater Harrisonburg area with high-quality Medicare, Medicaid and Medicaid insurance plans. Our experienced and dedicated professional agents work with you to help you find the perfect senior healthcare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle, making sure that you understand all that your healthcare plan has to offer. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, customer service is key, and we work hard to make sure that we provide our clients with the best options available. To learn more about our Harrisonburg senior medical insurance agency, contact us today.

In part one of this blog series, we talked about type 2 diabetes, and more specifically, what it is and some of the factors that can cause it. In part two of our blog series, we will look more closely into some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, as well as some of the actions that you can take to help lower your risk of developing this disease.

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

While type 2 diabetes have a variety of different symptoms, some are more common than others. One common sign that you may have diabetes is a feeling of tingling or numbness in your arms, legs, hands and feet. This is because of a lack of or decrease in circulation in your body, causing you to feel these sensations in your extremities. You may also notice a lack of feeling or an uncomfortable burning sensation as well.

Another common symptom of possible diabetes development has to do with your weight. If you find that you’ve been either rapidly gaining or losing weight, there’s a chance that this may be a sign of you developing type 2 diabetes. This is because of your body trying to compensate for lost energy. Either of these should serve as warning signs for you, and whether they are indicators of diabetes or otherwise, you should determine what the cause of your weight fluctuation is as soon as possible.

Arguably the most common and easy to notice symptom of diabetes is an increased thirst as well as higher than average levels of urination. While this could also be a sign of dehydration, if you find that you are constantly thirsty and also urinating more than usual, it’s entirely possible that you may have developed type 2 diabetes.

How Can I Lower My Risk of Diabetes?

While some people are more susceptible to developing diabetes than others, there are many things that you can do to lower your risk of developing it. In part one of our blog series, we talked about a few of the causes, and some of the best ways to decrease your risk of developing diabetes are directly tied to these causes. As stated earlier, obesity puts people at a higher risk of developing diabetes. With this in mind, a great way to lower your risk of developing diabetes is to increase your level of physical activity. Even a modest increase in physical activity can lower your risk of diabetes, though regular physical activity is recommended for people of all ages, as doing so is linked to an extensive array of health benefits. Additionally, if you’re a person whose diet could use a bit of an overhaul in favor of more healthy options, doing so will provide you with a lower risk of developing diabetes. Cutting out foods that are high in sugar in favor of fresh vegetables, fruits and foods that are high in fiber will help you in lowering your risk.

Those are just a few symptoms of type 2 diabetes, as well as a few ways that you can lower your risk of developing this disease. Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is proud to provide seniors in Harrisonburg with high quality Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid and other senior health insurance plans. To learn more about our Harrisonburg senior medical insurance agency, contact us today.

Seniors and Type 2 Diabetes, Part One

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is proud to serve seniors in the greater Harrisonburg area with the best options for Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid and other types of senior health insurance. Our professional agents work with you to help you find a health plan that best suits your needs, providing you with exactly the options that best suit your lifestyle. We are committed to quality, ensuring that all of our customers are given the best service possible. To learn more about our Harrisonburg senior insurance agency, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today.

One of the most common health issues that seniors may encounter is diabetes. While there are many factors that can cause the development of diabetes, there are many things that you can do to prevent yourself from developing it as well. Because of the commonality of diabetes, we’ve decided to dedicate a series of blogs to it. In part one of this blog series, we will give you an overview of the disease as well as some of the causes of it.

What is Diabetes?

There are two types of diabetes, most commonly referred to as simply Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes usually develops in people before adulthood. This type of diabetes is caused by your body failing to produce sufficient amounts of insulin, which causes your blood sugar and energy levels to be low. Type 1 diabetes is the less common variant of the two, and for seniors, it’s type 2 diabetes that is of a higher level of concern. A majority of people who are diabetic have type 2 diabetes, which is caused by excess blood sugar as well as low levels of insulin. While type 1 diabetes can be chronic, type 2 diabetes can be brought on by a variety of factors, some of which we will look at in the next section.

What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

While diabetes can be hereditary or genetic, type 2 diabetes can develop because of a person’s lifestyle. One of the causes of type 2 diabetes in seniors is a lack of physical activity. We’ve discussed the importance of staying active in previous blog posts, and fighting off the risk of diabetes is just one of the many advantages that you can enjoy by exercising more frequently. While some people are more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes than others, staying active will help ensure that your risk is lower than it already was.

Another cause of type 2 diabetes has to do with weight and diet. If you’re overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than someone who is at a healthier weight. Even the slightest bit of weight loss can be of great benefit for someone who is overweight, helping reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Additionally, your diet also plays a role in your risk of developing the disease. Eating foods that are high in sugar and fats can not only contribute to being overweight, but it can also put you at greater risk of developing diabetes. Taking control of both of these factors are a great way to lower your risk.We will take a deeper look at this in part two of our blog series.

We hope you found this information on type 2 diabetes, as well as some of its causes, useful. We will continue this discussion in part two of our blog series, but until then, for all of your Harrisonburg Medicare, Medicaid, or Medigap insurance needs, Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is here for you. We work hard to help you find the perfect healthcare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle, and we want nothing more than for our customers to be happy and in the best of health. Contact us today to learn more about our Harrisonburg senior medical insurance agency.

Senior Slip and Fall Prevention, Part Two

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is proud to have served seniors in the Shenandoah Valley with high-quality Medicare, Medigap and Medicaid insurance plans for the last thirty years. As the world continues to change, our mission remains the same — providing you with the best plans that perfectly suit your needs. Whether you’ve recently turned 65 or 75, we are here to find the best plan for you. No plan is one size fits all, and we treat every one of our clients as an individual, working hard to help them find a plan that is best for them on an individual level. Service is key, and we work hard to make sure that you receive the absolute best service from us. To find out more information or to speak with one of our Professional Agents, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today.

In our previous post, we talked about a few things that you can do to make your home slip proof. Wrapping things up, here are just a few more tips on things that you can do to decrease your risk of slipping and falling at home.

Wood flooring is gorgeous and gives a room a sense of elegance and openness. In time, however, floorboards have a tendency to become worn, cracked and unstable. With instability comes the risk of tripping and falling, as the floor is no longer as even as it once was, posing a real threat to you while walking on or near them. Repairing broken or cracked floorboards is a great way to decrease this risk, but an even better way to ensure that your safety is not at risk is to replace the hardwood floor with carpeting. While it may not provide the room with the same sort of aesthetic as hardwood flooring, carpeting is a far more stable flooring option. By replacing unstable hardwood flooring with carpeting, you will greatly reduce your risk of slipping and falling in that room.

Finally, as we stated earlier, slipping and falling is never planned and usually happens on accident. While your bathrooms and staircases can be easily equipped to become more slip-proof, the probability of accidents can also be reduced in other parts of your home by ensuring that there’s nothing currently in your room that could cause you to accidentally slip and fall. Area rugs, while beautiful and classy, can pose a rather significant threat to your safety if not secured properly. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely get rid of all rugs in your home, however. What’s important is that you make sure that all and any rugs are stable, loose and can provide you with an adequate amount of stability when walked upon. Attaching either a slip-resistant backing or double sided tape to the underside of your rugs will allow them to adhere better to the floor, ensuring that they won’t move around unexpectedly while being walked on.

Making your home slip proof is incredibly important in trying to avoid slipping and falling in your home. Accidents do happen, however, and in times like that, you can take comfort in knowing that Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is providing you with high-quality medical insurance. We are proud to provide seniors in the greater Harrisonburg area with high quality Medicaid, Medicare and Medigap insurance plans. Our Professional Agents work hard to help you find a plan that perfectly suits your needs. To find out more information about our Harrisonburg senior insurance agency or to find a plan that works best for you, contact Marketplace Agency & Elder Care Associates today.

Senior Slip and Fall Prevention, Part One

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates has been providing seniors in the greater Harrisonburg Area with high-quality Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance plans for more than three decades, making sure that they have a plan that perfectly fits their needs. We continue to strive for only the best in customer service, and our Professional Agents work hard to ensure your complete satisfaction. Whether you’re new to the world of Medicare or are in need of a new plan, we are here to help you find the perfect plan. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with all of your senior medical insurance needs.

As we grow older, we become more susceptible to various sorts of health risks. While we’ve discussed things that we can do to lower our risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease, another very common health risk among seniors is actually accidental slipping and falling. Statistically speaking, nearly one third of the people over the age of 65 fall each year, and an overwhelming majority of those flips and falls occur within 30 yards of our own homes. While some falls can be less intense than others, the types of injuries that you can receive as a result of a fall can be incredibly serious, or in some cases, fatal. Everything from traumatic brain injuries to various fractures and breaks can all come from a simple fall. Thankfully, there are plenty things that we can do to make our homes safer and more stable, lending themselves to a decreased likelihood of slipping and falling. In part one of this two part post, we will look at a handful of things that you can do to make your home slip proof, decreasing your risk of slipping and falling in your home.

One of the easiest ways to make you safer from the risk of slipping and falling in your home is to make your home slip proof. No one ever plans on slipping, nor do they want to, so a great way to reduce your risk of slipping and falling at home is to make various rooms in your home safer and more stable.

One of the most common reasons why seniors slip and fall in their homes has to do with the overall stability in various parts of their home. Falling up or down the stairs is incredibly common and doing so can cause serious injuries. A great way to prevent this from happening is to make your staircase easier to walk on. If your staircase has bare wood with no carpeting or a less-slick surface to walk on, you can add tread covers to each step. This will give each step much more traction, making them much easier to walk on. With a wide variety of styles and aesthetics to choose from, you don’t have to invest in less-than-ideal looking stair covers in the interest of making your home more safe, and plenty can make your stairs look even more attractive than they did uncovered. Additionally, if your staircase exists without a hand railing, installing one will also add a considerable amount of stability to your staircase, as you can hold onto the handrail while going up and down the stairs to provide you with an extra level of comfort and stability.

Another common area where slipping tends to happen is in the bathroom. Many seniors find themselves losing their stability getting in and out of the tub or while taking a shower. This is common because of the generally slick and slippery nature of showers and bathroom floors overall. Much like your staircases, you can make your tubs and showers more stable by installing shower mats inside your bathtub and on your bathroom floor. This will give both areas an added level of stability, providing your tub or shower with added traction and allowing your floor to absorb excess water. Additionally, you can easily install a grab bar in your shower or bathtub area, which, like your staircase handrail, can provide you with extra support should you need it.

We will continue this topic in part two of this post. For all of your Harrison Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance needs, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates.

The Benefits of Having a Medical Alert System

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, it is of the highest importance that our clients are in good health and safe. For the last 40 years, we have been helping people find health insurance plans that best suit their life, family and medical needs. To this day, we take pride in knowing that we provide those clients with the same level of care and attention that we did on day one. For all of your Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, elder care insurance needs and more, contact us today, we’d be more than happy to help you find a plan that’s perfect for you!

As we grow older, we are sometimes unable to maintain the same level of independence we once did. This isn’t something to be ashamed of as it happens to us all, and ignoring it is something that could feasibly put us in quite a bit of danger. Thankfully, we don’t have to live in danger, as medical alert systems allow us access to help when we need it most. Gone are the days of “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” Medical alert systems are a great resource for people both young and old, and in some cases, parents use them as a precautionary measure with young children. A medical alert system could save your life, and here are a few examples how having one can be advantageous to you.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Earlier, we talked about the importance maintaining our independence as we grow older, and of course, nothing feels better than being self sufficient and being able to take care of oneself. However, accidents happen to all people of all ages, not just seniors. In a situation like this, wouldn’t you rather be safe and have access to help than not? We all slip, trip and fall from time to time, and while some of us are luckier than others, why take the risk? Getting a medical alert system can help you in those rare occurrences and you’ll be glad you got one if you find yourself in one.

Put Your Children and Loved Ones At Ease

One of the great things about having access to a medical alert system is the round-the-clock safety that it provides a person. As we grow older, the likelihood of accidents increases, and while your children and loved ones can’t monitor your behavior at all times, a medical alert system provides both you and your loved ones with a sense of relief, knowing that, if an accident were to happen, you now have access to help at all times, and that you can speak to a live trained professional if necessary.

You Have an Existing Medical Condition

If you have an existing medical condition that may require semi-regular attention, you are a perfect candidate for using a medical alert system. Whether it’s something like diabetes, alzheimer’s or a heart or respiratory condition, these are all things that require a higher than average level of attention. As our loved ones can’t always be available to take care of us when needed, having a medical alert system puts you at an advantage, ensuring that your medical needs and/or emergencies will not go unnoticed.

Live at Home for a Longer Amount of Time

While some of us enjoy the luxury of independent living for longer than others, one of the largest reasons why people are put in assisted living facilities has to do with their children or loved ones deciding that they are unable to take care of themselves on their own. While the higher probability of accidents also plays into this decision, at the end of the day, many people put their parents or loved ones in assisted living facilities out of fear that they may not be able to take care of themselves if they were to experience an accident or medical emergency. Studies have shown that a fear of falling plays largely into a person’s decision to put their parent or loved one in an assisted living facility, but studies have also shown that those with medical alert systems continue to live independently for longer before eventually entering an assisted living facility.

These are just four reasons as to how having a medical alert system can greatly benefit you and increase your quality of life overall. Wouldn’t you rather live safely, knowing that if something were to happen that you wouldn’t be left without help? At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our customers to be in good health and happiness and are living the lives they want to live. We help you find a plan that best suits your life and medical needs so that you can continue to live your life happily, knowing that you have access to high quality and affordable health insurance. For more information about our Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap plans, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today.

Winter Health Tips : Staying Hydrated

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want nothing more than for our clients to be happy and healthy. For all those times that healthcare is needed, though, we are here for you to provide you with access to the best and most affordable healthcare plans in Harrisonburg. Whether you’re looking for Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid, Family or other sorts of health insurance, Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates are committed to providing you with the best customer service imaginable. For more information about our health care insurance and elder care services, contact us today!

With colder winter temperatures come a wide variety of unique health related problems. While there are a wide variety of winter-related health issues, from lowered immunity to sore joints to an increased risk of slipping and falling, winter is a time where we should certainly take extra care of ourselves. While no problem is foolproof, surprisingly, one of the best ways to deal with all the woes of winter is simple – increasing your water intake.

We’ve all heard the common statistic of doctors telling us to drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. While we’ve certainly discussed the importance of drinking water in previous blogs, the power of water is truly something magical. In this blog, we will look at a wide variety of benefits that you will experience in increasing your water intake during the cold winter months.

Keep Your Winter Weight Gain To a Minimum

With winter comes less activity, and although we’ve advised in previous blogs to stay active during the winter, sometimes it’s just not always that easy to make that trek to the gym in the harsh cold. Along with a decrease in activity comes an increase of rich foods. The holidays bring delicious foods with them, and while these are arguably some of the best parts of the end of the year, they can definitely contribute to our winter weight gain.

With that in mind, when we aren’t keeping ourselves hydrated and drinking adequate amounts of water, our bodies don’t have enough energy needed to process fatty foods. By drinking adequate water during the winter, we are actually helping our bodies stay energized and flush out toxins, break down fats and maintain a healthy metabolism.

Avoid Dehydration

While this one may seem a little bit on the obvious side, dehydration in winter comes with its own specific set of problems. Being dehydrated doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re thirsty or your throat is dry. Specifically in winter, many signs of dehydration come to the surface, ranging from acne, dry skin, chapped lips, headaches, nosebleeds and more. By increasing your water intake, you will greatly reduce the instances of these symptoms, amongst many others.

Help With Digestion

While this is something that drinking adequate amounts of water will aid with, regardless of season, we have a tendency to eat more in the winter. From the increase of foods during the holidays to the general increase of eating as a result of staying indoors, staying hydrated will help us with digestion. With a healthy digestive system, you also can experience a decreased level of susceptibility to various winter time illnesses.

Those are just a few ways that staying hydrated can help you out this winter. At Marketplace Agency, we are here to help you stay healthy during all seasons, not just winter. Our Professional Agents work hard to help you find a healthcare plan that perfectly suits the needs of you and your family. For more information about our Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap Insurance plans, elder care services and more, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today!

Winter Health Tips: Dry Skin Treatment

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we provide the citizens of the greater Harrisonburg area with high-quality healthcare insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, Medigap insurance plans, and more. Our professional agents work with you to help you fully understand all of your options and help you find a plan that perfectly suits the needs of you and your family. For more information about our healthcare plans, contact us today!

With winter comes a wide variety of positives and negatives. WIth the many positives of winter like the holidays and being able to spend time with friends and family also come negatives, most notably all the health related issues that winter brings. In this blog we will look at one of many negative health related issues that happen during the winter, as well as giving you insight into how you can remedy the situation.

Dry Skin

While not so much a full on “health problem,” dry skin in winter is incredibly common and a huge inconvenience for all who experience it. The cold and dry winter air has a tendency to leave our skin itchy, chapped, dry, and largely irritated. If not treated, it can lead to cracking, bleeding, and an overall high level of discomfort and irritation. While there are many ways to avoid our skin drying up in the winter, a few simple changes to our daily routine can greatly improve this.

Turn Down Your Shower

For starters, as comforting as it can be, taking long, hot showers in the winter will actually make our skin dry up even more. One of the best ways to remedy this is to take shorter showers as well as turning down the temperature significantly. A warm shower will feel almost as good as a hot one, and your skin will feel much better. Plus, you will be conserving water, which is always a good thing.

Humidifiers Are Key

Running a humidifier in your bedroom as you sleep will also help provide your skin with the necessary moisture it needs to prevent dryness. Even just a few nights of running a humidifier as you sleep will make a difference, and you’ll notice almost an immediate improvement in your skin’s moisture. Be sure to only use either distilled or purified water in your humidifier. Also, make sure that you’re keeping it clean and replacing the filters frequently to ensure that the humid air it’s providing you with is also clean and free of mold and mildew.

Moisturize Often

One of the easiest ways to combat the dryness of winter is to keep your skin moisturized. This is sometimes difficult to get into the habit of, but keeping a travel-sized tube of hand moisturizer in your car or purse will give you easy access to keeping your hands nice and smooth. Moisturizing before you go to bed as well as after taking a shower will also help improve your skin’s dryness as well.

Never Forget Your Lip Balm

Chapped lips are one of the first signs of winter weather, and as the months become colder and drier, our lips just become that much more chapped and cracked. Keeping a tube or tin of your favorite lip balm on your person as often as possible will ensure that your lips continue to be soft and smooth.

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we are committed to keeping you happy and healthy by providing the greater Harrisonburg area with high-quality healthcare insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, family plans, and more. For more information about our services or to speak with a Professional Agent, contact us today!

Benefits of Getting Your Flu Vaccine

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we provide the citizens of the greater Harrisonburg region with access to high-quality healthcare services, including Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap Insurance and more. Our professional agents are committed to helping you find not only the most affordable healthcare plans, but also finding a plan that perfectly fits the needs of you and your family. We are committed to providing you with the absolute best in customer service and satisfaction, and have continued to serve the Shenandoah Valley area for over 40 years. For more information on our healthcare insurance services, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today.

We want nothing more than for our clients to be happy and healthy, and with flu season in full swing, getting your flu shot is of the utmost importance. While there are certainly two schools of thought on the topic — whether to get vaccinated or not — for this blog, we have decided to provide you with a helpful resource of reasons why you should get your flu vaccination this season. Read on to discover the importance of why you should get your flu vaccine!

Times Have Changed, Shots Aren’t Painful

While many people have a wide variety of reasons for avoiding getting a flu shot, one of the most common concerns has to do with the painful nature of getting a vaccine. Sure, there was a time when needles were large, invasive and painful, but times have changed and medical technology has progressed. Today, needles are much smaller and much less invasive than they once were, resulting in an injection that will feel like little more than a slight prick in your arm. For those of you who completely avoid needles and injections altogether, you’re in luck — seasonal flu shots are now also available as a nasal mist, meaning you don’t have to deal with needles of any kind!

The Flu Isn’t Worth It

The short amount of time that it takes for you to get vaccinated certainly outweighs the days or in some cases weeks of struggle, missed work and discomfort that getting the flu can bring. The amount of contact we make with people on a daily basis, as well as facilities like restrooms, gyms and public transportation all increase our chances of contracting the flu. The amount of scenarios in which we could feasibly contract the virus are numerous; don’t risk your chances and get vaccinated.

Getting Vaccinated is Now Easier Than Ever

There once was a time when getting a flu shot meant making an appointment with your doctor and planning far in advance to do so. Because of the commonality of the flu virus and the public’s desire to protect themselves from it, the ease of getting vaccinated is as high as it’s ever been. No longer relegated solely to doctor’s offices, you can now get vaccinated at many major pharmacies, including CVS, Target and Rite Aid. Many of these places make getting your flu shot even more convenient by offering walk-in vaccinations, meaning you can run errands and get vaccinated all in the same day. Convenient and painless!

Those are just a few reasons as to why you should get your flu vaccination this season. At Marketplace Agency, we want our clients to be in the best of health, but for those times when you inevitably do fall ill, we are here for you, providing the greater Harrisonburg area with high quality and affordable healthcare insurance options. For more information about our Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid Insurance plans, as well as others, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today!