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Knowing how to read and write may protect your brain from dementia

A study on older adults (65+) with less than four years of schooling has revealed that being able to read and write may help protect against dementia. Of 938 participants, who were based in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, 238 were illiterate. Over time, those who were illiterate developed dementia at an earlier age than those […]

Keeping a healthy blood sugar level can lower risk for Alzheimer’s

People who have diabetes or metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors that often lead to diabetes) have twice the risk of dementia, new research shows. Scientists are now investigating why and are conducting research to better understand the link between blood sugar and the brain’s health. A number of theories exist. One study showed […]

This Annual Enrollment Period, pay attention to your Medicare options

Have you reviewed your Medicare insurance options this year? Every year, Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP) takes place between October 15 and December 7. Aside from special exceptions, this is the only time you have to sign up for, change, or disenroll from Medicare Advantage (also known as Medicare Part C) or Medicare Prescription Drug […]

Coming soon: Learn your diabetes risk at a Higi Health Station!

Beginning this Diabetes Awareness Month, in support of the American Diabetes Association’s mission, Higi is introducing a free and convenient on-station risk test for type 2 diabetes.    We are delighted to announce that, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, Higi is introducing the Diabetes Risk Test, a brand-new service that will be available at 10,000 retail locations nationwide. Just like you’re able to check […]

We’ve heard that high blood pressure is a culprit for dementia – but what about low blood pressure?

We’ve heard that high blood pressure is a culprit for dementia – but what about low blood pressure?

Researchers have known for years that high blood pressure can damage small blood vessels in the brain, affecting the parts that are responsible for thinking and memory.[1] More recently, the link between low blood pressure and dementia has come into question. Low blood pressure is associated with a reduced flow of blood to the brain, […]