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.

The Many Benefits of Yoga

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As we grow older, taking better care of ourselves becomes more and more important. Eating right and exercising is key, especially as we grow older, and one of the most beneficial forms of exercise is yoga. With that in mind, here are five huge benefits to practicing yoga.

Practicing Yoga Reduces Blood Pressure

Do you suffer from high blood pressure and/or have to take medication to keep it under control? Yoga may be the workout of choice for you. Because of its generally more relaxed demeanor, practicing yoga puts your body in a generally more relaxed state. Relaxation is more beneficial than we may think. Relaxing your mind and body can help reduce hypertension, one of the leading causes of high blood pressure. For those of you on high blood pressure medication, this may not be an apt replacement, but it will certainly help reduce your blood pressure levels and contribute to improved health overall.

Practicing Yoga Promotes Happiness and Positivity

Growing older comes with its fair share of challenges, and sometimes just facing the fact that we are aging can sometimes make a negative impact on our mood overall. Many things can combat sadness and depression, and yoga is certainly one of them. Consistent yoga practice has been proven to lead to an increase in overall serotonin levels, which aid in the promotion of overall positive feelings.

Practicing Yoga Reduces Blood Sugar

Diabetics, we haven’t forgotten about you! For people living with diabetes, practicing yoga has been found to reduce blood sugar levels by decreasing cortisol levels which encourages weight loss. Overall increased mobility is never a bad thing, especially for diabetics, and although yoga doesn’t appear to be a fast-paced form of exercises, the stretching required to do yoga poses is an incredibly beneficial workout.

Practicing Yoga Increases and Promotes Blood Flow

This one may come off as a bit obvious, but there’s more to it than you think. Surely, there are yoga poses that require us to stretch into some rather awkward positions, and in some cases stand upside down, but there are many benefits to this. Because practicing yoga promotes blood flow, this is beneficial for circulation in our extremities. Even those somewhat difficult headstand poses have their benefits, as they allow blood to flow from the lower halves of our bodies to the heart, where it can recirculate to the rest of the body. Increased blood flow can also thin our blood, which is beneficial for those of us who suffer from blood clots.

There you have it, just a few benefits to practicing yoga in honor of National Yoga Awareness Month. At Marketplace Agency, we care for our clients and want nothing more than for them to be in good health. We are here to help, for more information about your existing plan, or to purchase a new plan, contact us 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!

Exercise: The Key To Staying Healthy

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want nothing more than our clients to be in the best of health. One way we do this is to provide you with health insurance plans that best fit your needs, giving you access to the best care that will help you get back on the road to recovery. We treat each customer as an individual, and we work hard to make sure that we have found a plan that perfectly fits the needs of you and your family. With plans that feature insurance brand names you trust, Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates are here, first and foremost, to help our customers. For all your health insurance needs, be it Medicare, Medicaid or otherwise, contact us today and have us help you find the perfect plan.

Another way we hope to assist our clients is by providing you with helpful tips on staying healthy. As we’ve mentioned before in previous blogs, one of the keys to fighting off various illnesses and ailments is a good amount of exercise. A healthy body is a fit body, and the benefits of exercise are countless. In this blog, we will take a look at a handful of health benefits that regular exercise can have on you, and how easily you can incorporate exercise into your everyday routine.

Many seem to think that exercise exclusively refers to intense, strenuous workouts involving heavy-duty activities. This, however, is not the case, and it can be something as simple as walking, jogging, swimming, or everyday aerobics. With just a moderate amount of physical activity, aging adults can greatly feel the benefits of exercise. As we grow older, one of the main causes of fatigue as well as the loss of strength and stamina is simply a lack of physical activity. Think of it this way: when you sit for an extended amount of time, you feel less energized than you do when you’re out and about. Apply that to your life. If it’s been years since you’ve been regularly active, then that lack of energy can increase greatly, eventually affecting the way you feel on a day-to-day basis.

For those of you with heart issues, in addition to eating a healthy diet, exercise can greatly improve your overall cardiovascular health. For the improvement of overall cardiovascular health, The American Heart Association suggests at least a half hour of aerobic activity a day roughly five times a week. To lower blood pressure or cholesterol levels, they suggest 40 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity roughly three to four times a week. Coupling these with a healthy diet will certainly help you in having a healthy heart and a happier life.

Because of the increased blood flow that comes along with it, regular exercise can provide you with relief from things like arthritis, stiffness, and joint pain. Moderate weight training is an exercise that can help build muscle strength, which in turn will protect your joints, providing them with better support overall. Things like swimming, bike riding, and treadmills are also great for arthritis relief and are customizable in terms of intensity. Whether you wish to move quickly or at a more moderate pace, all of these activities will benefit your joints and lead to decreased pain.

We all have taken a fall or two in our time, but part of falling comes from a lack of strength. Our inability to hold ourselves up and the fatigue that comes with that is a byproduct of inactivity. Increasing our overall level of activity can not only make us more stable overall, but in making us more stable, it protects us from falling accidents. In addition to this, regular exercise also benefits bone health overall. In the same way that muscle responds to exercise, bone, too, is a living tissue that grows stronger with regular exercise. So not only does it make us more stable and less likely to fall, it also makes our bones stronger overall!

So there you go, just a few reasons as to how regular exercise can benefit our health and lives overall. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want you to live a long and healthy life. For all your healthcare 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!


If you are aging into Medicare, start reviewing your plans early to avoid delayed coverage!

People aging in to Medicare, turning 65, must review both their retirement and Medicare plans to know when to enroll and what coverage to choose.

Everyone’s retirement situation is unique. Even a husband & wife will need two separate plans to meet the needs of each individual’s situation. If you draw your Social Security income benefits before age 65, you’ll be automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and should receive your Medicare card three months before your 65th birthday.  Medicare will become effective on the 1st day of your birth month. You’ll have the option to refuse Part B, as it requires you to pay a monthly premium. You may consider this if you are receiving benefits from another health insurance policy. It is recommended that you discuss the benefits and compare your plans and options side by side with a professional, like your Marketplace Agency H.E.L.P Agent,before turning 65, even if you plan to continue to work.

If you haven’t started receiving your Social Security benefits by age 65, you will have an Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP) to review your plans and options that will begin 3 months prior to your birth month. If you don’t elect coverage during this time, you may have to pay late penalties and risk coverage being delayed.

If you decide not to enroll in Medicare Parts B and D because you have coverage from your employer’s plan, the late enrollment penalties mentioned above won’t apply if the plans are determined to be “creditable coverage”. Generally, you will need to enroll in Medicare Part B within eight months of your retirement date, and you must enroll in a Medicare Part D plan no more than 63 days after your retirement date to avoid penalties.

This is a complex and difficult decision, with many factors involved. To make sure you’re choosing the right plan for your situation, our Marketplace Agency H.E.L.P Agents will review your current coverage and show you a number of options available to you as you near your Medicare and Retirement milestones.