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Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives


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Publisher:Bantam, 2002



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In 1986 Dr. David Snowdon, one of the worlds leading experts on Alzheimers disease, embarked on a revolutionary scientific study that would forever change the way we view agingand ultimately living. Dubbed the Nun Study because it involves a unique population of 678 Catholic sisters, this remarkable long-term research project has made headlines worldwide with its provocative discoveries.
Yet Aging with Grace is more than a groundbreaking health and science book. It is the inspiring human story of these remarkable womenranging in age from 74 to 106whose dedication to serving others may help all of us live longer and healthier lives.

Totally accessible, with fascinating portraits of the nuns and the scientists who study them, Aging with Grace also offers a wealth of practical findings:

" Why building linguistic ability in childhood may protect against Alzheimers
" Which ordinary foods promote longevity and healthy brain function
" Why preventing strokes and depression is key to avoiding Alzheimers
" What role heredity plays, and why its never too late to start an exercise program
" How attitude, faith, and community can add years to our lives

A prescription for hope, Aging with Grace shows that old age doesnt have to mean an inevitable slide into illness and disability; rather it can be a time of promise and productivity, intellectual and spiritual vigora time of true grace.

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