Aging with Grace:
Findings from the Nun’s Study
A behind-the-scenes look at the landmark study about aging,
was the topic of a lecture recently by David Snowdon, Ph.D.
at Marymount Manhattan College in New York.
For 15 years, Dr. Snowdon, professor
of neurology at the Sanders Brown Center on Aging, University
of Kentucky, has been studying the lives and brains of 678
School Sisters of Notre Dame to learn about the effects of
aging and Alzheimer’s disease
on the brain. His unprecedented research has captured the attention
of scientists and scholars worldwide and continues to yield
new data about advancing age. Dr. Snowdon’s book, Aging
with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer,
Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives, blends science and state-of-the-art
medical technology with the stories and spirit of the nuns
whose lives and minds give evidence and context to the study.
Dr. Snowdon’s lecture was
the result of a unique collaboration between the New York
Alumnae of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, headed
by President Mary Pat Seurkamp and Marymount Manhattan College,
Continuing Education Division. President Judson R. Shaver
of Marymount welcomed the audience of over 200.#