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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 One

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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

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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

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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.

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Drinking Water : The Key To Staying Healthy

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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!