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Nun Watching: What Sisters Are Teaching Us About Aging

In 1986, David Snowdon began a study of nuns in Mankato, Minnesota. He was interested in what causes the brain to deteriorate with age in some people while others remain intact. His choice of nuns as subjects has provided a unique source of data that continues to churn out fascinating findings. The Nun Study quickly grew to include 678 sisters, scattered across the U.S. All were American Roman Catholic sisters and members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, an international religious congregation that began more than 150 years ago in Bavaria, Germany.
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