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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!

Drinking Water : The Key To Staying Healthy

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we provide you with top notch insurance benefits, including Medicare, Medigap, cancer insurance, drug coverage, long term care and more. Our insurance experts work hard to find a plan that best fits the needs of each applicant, putting their needs ahead of anything else. Whether it’s individual and family insurance, Medicare, group insurance needs or otherwise, Marketplace Agency and Elder Care associates are here to help you find the right plan for you. For more information or to get a quote, contact us today.

We’ve all heard it before— “doctors say you should drink eight glasses of water a day.” In fact, we’ve heard it so many times that we’ve probably started to question its validity. “Oh, that’s just something my mother would say” or “That’s an exaggeration.” The truth is that the statement is indeed 100 percent true. Our bodies and brains are made up of roughly 70% water, and throughout the day we are losing plenty of it. Needless to say, staying hydrated throughout the day is incredibly important. But besides from the general consensus that drinking plenty of water is beneficial, how specifically does drinking water benefit our health? In this blog we will look at a handful of health benefits that you can experience simply by drinking water on a regular basis. Read on and discover the many benefits that staying hydrated can provide you with.

Promotes Healthy Digestion and Regularity

One of the most common causes of irregularity and constipation is mild to moderate dehydration-when your body hasn’t taken in enough water. Water is key to healthy digestion as it ensures that the food you take in is constantly moving through your intestines, keeping the digestion process moving along as it should. Not drinking enough water can provide you with much discomfort of the opposite variety, making it difficult for you to go to the bathroom. If this is something you find yourself experiencing on a semi regular basis, there’s a fair chance that you aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day.

Drinking Water Aids in Weight Loss

For those of you trying to maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight, drinking water can certainly be of assistance to you in this process. Drinking water before meals increases your metabolism for roughly the duration of a meal, making you consume less calories as a result. This practice works especially well in older individuals, and when combined with a healthy diet and adequate exercise, you are sure to reach or maintain a healthy weight.

Keep Your Kidneys Working

Our kidneys are very important to our health overall, helping in the overall cleansing process of what we choose to put into our bodies. In order for them to do this, however, we have to be consuming an adequate amount of fluids, and most specifically, an adequate amount of water. A good way to tell if we are adequately hydrated is to simply pay attention to our urine. If it’s light or clear in color, then we are, at least at that time, properly hydrated. Drinking plenty of water also puts us at a lower risk of developing kidney stones, while drinking too many sugary beverages like soda and fruit juices can do just the opposite of that. Keep your kidneys healthy and sip water throughout the day.

Stay Hydrated and Stay Healthy

It almost seems too simple to be true, but when our bodies get sick with a cold, flu or similar sort of virus, the two best things to help it pass are adequate sleep and adequate hydration. What our bodies need when trying to fight off a virus is plenty of rest (as our body is working harder than usual to combat the sickness) and adequate hydration. But why hydration? Quite simply, adequate hydration ensures that our system is being flushed out throughout the day, and in doing so, we are helping to essentially flush the sickness out of our body. It’s also believed that drinking plenty of water helps to prevent certain types of cancer, cardiovascular issues and other ailments. Aside from increasing your water intake while sick, those who drink water regularly are less likely to get sick in the first place.

Decreases Instances of Headaches

While headaches can be caused by a wide variety of things including extreme hunger, pressure changes and inadequate sleep, one of the more common causes of headache is simply dehydration. Some may believe that dehydration is something that is obvious to a person when experiencing it, but there are varying levels of this, and while many can function seemingly well while mildly dehydrated, it’s best to avoid it altogether and stay hydrated consistently throughout the day.

Feed Your Muscles

If you’ve been paying attention to our previous blogs and have started to incorporate regular exercise into your routine, congratulations! One thing to keep in mind, though, is that staying hydrated during any sort of exercise is incredibly important, as we are losing a significant amount of water through sweating. While exercising, it’s certainly beneficial to stay hydrated, as your muscles lose water while exercising, causing them to get tired. If you stay hydrated while exercising, your muscles will be stronger, which means you will be more energized than if you didn’t. That increase in your energy level will allow you to exercise for longer, and that’s always a good thing. Drink water while exercising as well as after doing so; you’ll feel less tired and better overall.

We hope that this blog has provided you with a bit more insight as to the benefits of regularly drinking water. The best part— if you want to experience all or any of these benefits, you can start right now! Go get a cool glass of water and feel instantly refreshed. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want nothing but the best for our clients. When you need healthcare, though, we are here for you. Contact us today for more information on Medicare, Medicaid and marketplace insurance policies.

Helpful Ways to Fight Depression

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As we grow older, all of us experience varying levels of sadness at some point in time. As we start to reflect on our lives, this sadness can sometimes stick with us and in some cases lead to more serious issues like depression or depression-like symptoms. As easy as it is to sometimes get stuck in a negative mindset, there are many ways to fight off these feelings. In this blog, we will examine just a few ways to help keep you and your mind happy and healthy.

Be Active

In previous blogs, we’ve discussed the many benefits of being active and exercising. While physical activity has been proven to provide us with many benefits to our physical health, physical activity has also been proven to provide us with benefits to our mental health as well. Some studies have shown that exercise can be an effective combatant of depression as antidepressants. As we grow older, being able to do strenuous or rigorous exercises may not always be as easy as they once were, but don’t worry — incorporating any amount of physical activity and movement into your daily routine has been proven to have positive effects on your mental state. Whether it’s taking a short walk around the block, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or finding other ways to incorporate extra steps into your day, it all helps.

Laugher is the Best Medicine

While this one comes off as a little obvious, think about it: the exact opposite of sadness and depression is happiness and laughter! Studies have shown that a healthy dosage of laughter can decrease stress, increase relaxation, and increase the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals in our brains that bring us feelings of positivity, so more than just the temporary relief of laughing at something funny, laughter can bring us a noticeable shift in our moods overall.

Be Social!

One of the many causes of depression in people, both young and old, is general loneliness. Not socializing with people can not only make us feel lonely, but once we feel alone, not being able to socialize with others can leave us to sit and get stuck with our negative thoughts. Being able to talk to friends can do wonders for our mood. Whether it’s going to see a movie (and laughing!), going out for a walk or enjoying a cup of coffee, socialization has been proven to help fight off depression. While you may not always feel like being around people, isolation can make depression worse. Being social is an easy and powerful way to ward off depression.

Get Some Rest!

One thing that can actually make depression worse is a lack of adequate rest. That magic number of eight hours sleep per night rings true, and many have suggested that inadequate rest can make depression worse. Sleeping well provides you with much needed energy for the day, and that energy can give you a boost of positivity and vitality that can help you combat the negative feelings of depression.

There you have it — a few ways to help fight sadness and depression. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our customers to be happy and healthy, and we work hard to provide them with affordable Medicare, Medicaid, and Medigap plans that perfectly fit their needs. For more information or to speak with a professional agent, contact Marketplace Agency today.

Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist

 

With changes in insurance come changes in your personal health care overall, and in some cases, getting a new insurance plan means having to find a new doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Thanks to Marketplace Agency, we offer high-value, low-cost insurance quotes from some of the nation’s leading carriers like Cigna, Anthem and many others. We are here to help you find the plan that works best for you and your family. Click here to shop for a new plan now!

In this blog, we will look at a few things to consider when looking for a new dentist. What’s important is to pick the dentist that is right for you and everyone covered under your insurance plan. Finding a dentist that provides you will all the services you may need can be tricky; read on to learn more!

General Dentistry

General dentists are just that – your everyday dental professional. It is through a general dentist that you can get things like cleanings, X-rays, fillings, root canals, tooth extraction,and denture work. This is the dentist who people see most regularly, visiting them roughly twice a year or every six months to make sure that they are practicing responsible oral care. General dentists are helpful in preventative work, helping us spot things like gum disease early on.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry

A cosmetic dentist specializes in dental work that focuses specifically on the more aesthetic side of dentistry. Things like chipped teeth, staining, whitening and other restoration treatments are the main focus of cosmetic dentists, and in some cases, a general dentist may refer you to one if you request a service of this nature that they may not be able to provide you with. It is here that you can get dental implants, veneers, crowns and other cosmetic dental work done.

Sedation Dentistry

A sedation dentist specializes in the use of anesthesia and/or other sedatives that allow patients to feel more relaxed during a tense or stressful dental procedure. This is completely understandable, as many of us have a tendency to feel uncomfortable or uneasy during some of the more involved dental procedures, and sedation dentistry allow us to feel more relaxed. This makes the overall experience easier for both the patient as well as the dental professional.

Implant Dentistry

A dental implant dentist specializes in some of the more involved and complex dental implant procedures. Dental implants, dentures, implant supported bridges and more make up the focus for dental implant dentists, and meeting with them will help them determine exactly the sort of service or procedure that you may need, and whether or not they are the right physician to provide it to you.

There you have it – a brief overview of the different types of dentists and the services they offer. Though this overview is meant to be short, we understand that you may still have questions in relation to the kind of dentist you may need. Contact us today for questions about your plan, your healthcare needs or to become a new customer. Shop today!

Tips To Help Promote Brain Health

 

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Our brains are the most important part of our bodies, even more important than our hearts, because without our brains, our hearts cannot function. As we grow older, one of the things that tends to be affected are our brains, and not taking caring of our brains is something that can lead to serious conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. While there are no sure-fire ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, taking care of your brain is incredibly beneficial and can certainly help you in more ways than one. In this blog, we’ll look at a small handful of ways that we can take care of our most precious asset, our brains.

Get Some Much Needed Rest

As we grow older, days can take a bigger toll on our bodies and minds than when we were younger. While adequate sleep is something that will help us feel better and rejuvenated in a physical sense, adequate rest is also integral for our brains to operate at maximum capacity. Not getting adequate rest because of things like insomnia can actually affect our ability to function during the day, but this has more to do with mental exhaustion than physical exhaustion. Think about it, if our brain’s haven’t been given an adequate amount of rest, then just like us when we don’t get enough sleep, our brains are unable to function at a regular or above average level. Not getting enough sleep can result in an overall decrease in memory function as well as thinking overall. Rest your body, rest your mind, and see results in the morning.

Exercise Often

We don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, as exercise is something we’ve brought up in many other blogs in the past, but physical activity and exercise have been proven to also be beneficial for your brain in addition to your overall physical health. This has to do with the fact that exercise promotes blood flow throughout the body, which means increased blood flow to brain. Multiple studies have also found various correlations between increased physical activity and a reduced risk of overall cognitive deterioration.

Exercise Your Brain, Too!

physical exercise can have positive effects on your brain, but you can also exercise your brain by itself. Things like jigsaw puzzles and brain teasers exercise your brain in the same way that running or lifting weights exercise your body. If you’re not the puzzle-minded type, fear not, as there are many other ways to exercise your brain in general. Artistic activities like music and painting are just as beneficial as they stimulate your brain. Also, card games and board games can be beneficial as well. Essentially, anything strategic that requires a certain level of thinking and mental processing are all beneficial to keeping your brain healthy and happy.

Be a Student

Given, you don’t have to actually be graded, but taking a course at a community college or community center can provide your brain with the same sort of exercise that doing games or puzzles does. The difference here, is that when you take a course, you in theory are acquiring new information that you didn’t possess prior to taking the course. Using your brain for things like reading comprehension, studying for an exam and writing a paper can be incredibly stimulating and beneficial to your brain. Become an auditor, you’ll be surprised at how enjoyable it will be!

Sorry Smokers

Much like how we’ve mentioned in previous blogs how exercise can be beneficial to your overall health, quitting smoking is very much the same. If you’re a smoker, it’s never too soon to quit smoking, and one can notice a change in their health almost instantaneously. In the case of brain power, studies have shown that smoking increases a person’s overall susceptibility to cognitive diseases. With that in mind, quitting smoking can reduce that risk. Then again, in the general sense, quitting smoking has numerous health benefits, both brain-related and otherwise, so if not for its brain-related benefits, quitting smoking is a good thing to do regardless.

Get Out and Be Social!

While growing older sometimes has a tendency to make us feel alone or alienated from our friends and family, being social can improve overall brain health. Whether it’s spending time with your family, meeting up with friends or going out to make new ones, spending time with others can make both us, and our brains happy. Best part of all, you can pursue many of the activities listed above with your friends, old and new. Go out and try new types of food that promote a healthier diet. Take a course at community college with a study buddy. Join a gym with a new pal. Quit smoking with a friend to make the process easier, as you’ll be doing it together. Whatever the case may be, spending time with others is not only beneficial to our brains, it’s beneficial to our health and happiness overall.

So there you have it, just a few ways that you can feed your brain and continue to stay healthy throughout the years. As stated earlier, there is no sure fire way to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, but we can do things that have been proven to reduce our risk of being susceptible to it and other diseases like it. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our clients to be healthy and happy, and we are here to provide you with top notch affordable Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance plans. At Marketplace Agency, we do what’s right all the time, every time, and take pride in knowing that we’ve provided our clients with the best healthcare plans that perfectly fit their needs. Contact us today!

5 Tips To Improve Your Chiropractic Health

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want you to be happy and healthy, and work hard to do so. We are always here to help you find the plan that works best for you and your life, so that you have access to quality healthcare when you need it most. If you have any questions about Medicare or Medigap Plans, or are looking for a new plan, contact us today and we will be more than happy to assist you in finding the right healthcare plan.

While many of us may find chiropractic discomfort to be something that typically comes with age, it’s not necessarily the case and, more importantly, it’s something that can be easily remedied. Maybe you are experiencing minor and/or occasional lower back pain, maybe you’re recovering from a more serious injury, or maybe you’re somewhere in between. Whatever the case may be, you don’t have to live in pain. There are many things that you can do and changes you can make to your lifestyle that will greatly improve your overall chiropractic health. In this blog, we will be looking at just a few simple things that you can do to live more comfortably and free of chiropractic pain.

Smokers Beware

While the dangers of smoking are quite well understood by most, what many don’t realize is that smoking doesn’t just affect your lungs, it can also affect your back. Studies show that those who smoke or have smoked are more likely to experience back pain. Smoking, specifically nicotine, actually decreases blood flow to soft tissue and causes small blood vessels to compress, which can cause back pain. Smoking is already a significant health risk to begin with, and quitting smoking can improve your health in so many ways from the moment you stop.

Sleep Isn’t For the Weak

Your bedroom can make quite a difference in your chiropractic health. Making sure that your mattress is firm enough is a good start. A worn out mattress or one with too much give won’t be giving you enough back support, and while initially it may feel like a softer mattress is the more comfortable option, you need to make sure that your back is being supported. In addition to this,
the position that you sleep in can also affect your chiropractic health. Sleeping on your stomach, for example, can put stress on your back by causing your head and neck to contort into uncomfortable positions. Make these improvements and you’ll start to see results very quickly.

Activity is Key

Much like many other health issues, one big way to improve your overall chiropractic health is to increase your overall level of activity. Exercise is key to to living a long and healthy life, and being active keeps your body moving and blood flowing. Strenuous activities aren’t ideal if you’re currently experiencing chiropractic issues, but getting up and moving around can be incredibly helpful. Even something as simple as walking has been proven to have many health benefits.

What’s On Your Feet?

While this partially ties in with the previous point, having comfortable shoes can certainly make an improvement in decreasing and/or preventing things like lower back pain. Even if you aren’t running, getting a comfortable pair of shoes for day to day wear will make more of a difference than you realize. Even if you’re not walking everywhere, you are still on our feet for a lot of the day. Think of your shoes as a bed for your feet-you want your shoes to provide proper cushioning for your feet in the same way that you want a mattress to provide good support for your back. Getting comfortable shoes will help you greatly.

Treat Yourself to a Massage

Perhaps as a way to reward the increased activity, treating yourself to a massage every now and again can certainly help with back pain and other chiropractic problems. Given, this shouldn’t be your only way of relieving any sort of chiropractic pain or discomfort, but getting a massage alongside making other improvements to your lifestyle can definitely help reduce pain. A good massage will encourage blood flow, which can speed up the overall process of relief. Massaging those sore muscles can help decrease built up tension, and through stretching and exercise, you can greatly reduce the overall tension in your back. Practicing all of these things together can certainly lead to improved chiropractic health.

By following five simple steps, you will be well on your way to experiencing improvements in your overall chiropractic health. This is by no means a complete guide, though, and for more specific guidance, contact your primary care doctor or chiropractor. Contact us today at Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates to find a medical insurance plan that works best for you!

5 Foods That Can Help Prevent Cancer

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care associates, we offer a wide variety of insurance options, ranging from Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap and more. We also offer cancer insurance plans that are affordable and cover expenses that your regular medical insurance won’t cover. For more information about our plans, call us today to speak with a professional agent.

While there are many things that we can do to help fight off cancer, adequate exercise, for example, what we eat can play a rather significant role in cancer prevention. In this blog, we will look at a small handful of foods that can help reduce the risk.

Broccoli

Maybe you hated it as a child, maybe you forced your children to eat it even though they didn’t care for it, whatever the case may be, broccoli has, at times, gotten a bad wrap. Like many green vegetables, broccoli contains high levels of sulforaphane, a nutrient known for its protective qualities and ability to expel cancer-causing chemicals. Best eaten raw or steamed, some studies have shown that microwaving broccoli can destroy a majority of these benefits. Steam it and eat it with your favorite spices and starches.

Garlic

While this spice is no doubt a strong one, both in flavor and in scent, it’s also strong in its ability to help fight cancer. Garlic has the ability to boost one’s immune system, and in some cases may even potentially reduce tumor growth. Certain studies have also shown that garlic can aid in the prevention of stomach cancer. While you don’t have to eat an extreme amount of the spice, add it to things where the strength won’t be as noticeable. Add a little bit of garlic and red pepper to that bowl of steamed broccoli — you’ll be surprised by how tasty it is!

Blueberries

Antioxidants are key, and blueberries are incredibly high in them. Antioxidants help protect your body from the damage caused by free radicals, most notably cell damage. Cell damage can lead to the development of diseases like cancer. Blueberries are incredibly tasty and can serve as a great addition to your oatmeal, yogurt or fruit salad.

Increase Your Fiber Intake

This is a broad one, but studies have shown that diets high in fiber can help aid in the prevention of colon cancer. Fiber can come from many different places — apples, avocados, peas, lentils, bran cereals, and quinoa are all examples of foods with high fiber content, all of which can help you in the long run.

Salmon

Recent studies have shown that people who eat regular servings of salmon are considerably less likely to develop specific types of blood cancer like leukemia. Not a fish fan? Pair it with some of the other items on this list, like garlic, broccoli, and quinoa. Right there you’ve got a meal that’s not only delicious, but very beneficial to your overall health.

Those are just five foods that can aid in the prevention of cancer. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our customers to be in the best of health, and aim to provide them with the best possible Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance. For more information about our services or to speak with an agent, contact us today.

Do I Need Vision Correction? 5 Quick and Easy Ways to See How

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Having perfect vision, while not entirely uncommon, is certainly not something that you encounter every day. According to the Vision Council of America, it is estimated that roughly ¾ of the American adult population need some sort of corrective eyewear, be it glasses or contact lenses. That being said, needing vision correction is probably more common than you think, but how do you know if you need vision correction? We’ve put together this handy guide to help you figure out whether or not you may need glasses, contacts or corrective surgery.

Generally Blurry Vision

This one is pretty obvious, though some may dismiss this as a natural byproduct of aging. Don’t fret, there is hope, and lots of it! If you find your vision generally being blurry from time to time, this may just mean that you are developing either farsightedness or nearsightedness. If you are experiencing blurry vision at any distance in any capacity, it’s certainly worth having it checked out, as it’s certainly something that can be corrected, and quite easily.

Frequent Squinting

This one is also a bit obvious, but again, some tend to dismiss this and give it little thought. If you find yourself squinting a lot, think about this — you’re squinting because you’re finding it hard to see. When viewed that way, it probably seems a bit obvious. Quite simply, if you notice that your vision improves significantly when squinting, or that you can only see clearly when squinting, you may be in need of vision correction.

Fatigue and Headaches

If you find yourself feeling more tired than usual or experiencing frequent headaches during the day, these could both be signs that you may need vision correction of some sort. In a way, these are tied to squinting, in that squinting puts additional stress on your eyes in order for you to see clearly, and that constant stress can lead to headaches or added tiredness. Regardless of the correlation, if you find yourself experiencing a higher than average level of fatigue or headaches, glasses or contacts may be worth looking into.

Computer Related Difficulties

Given, using a computer in and of itself can be tricky, but do you find yourself having trouble reading on your computer or tablet? Struggling to read the text on a computer screen may actually be a symptom of farsightedness, something that could require vision correction. Try and distance or position yourself closer or further away from your screen to see if it either improves or worsens your ability to read. Based off of this basic test, you may need glasses or contacts.

Most importantly, however, you should consult an eye doctor before making any decisions, as they will be able to properly test you to see if you do indeed need vision correction. Finding an eye doctor that works for best for you can sometimes be difficult, but thankfully you don’t have to go through entire health insurance process alone. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care associates, we are here to help you find a vision plan that accurately suits your needs, be it through Medicare, the healthcare marketplace, or otherwise. Contact us today to find the best plan for you.

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