Dr. David Snowdens The Nun Study

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Aging gracefully maybe everyone's dream, but it not easy to achieve it as many things can come in between. It requires discipline and some luck. An enterprising doctor looked into this issue among some nuns in a convent where his early findings are insightful but not without some debate.


The usual manifestation is a disturbance of functions including memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgment, and these maybe chronic or progressive. This paper gives a brief summary of the book, my impression of the book, the strength and weakness, a comparison of the book with three journals, the lessons I've learned, and a conclusion.
Overall summary. Dr. David Snowden writes about a pilot study he had among the nuns in Mankato, Wisconsin associating educational level and age-related disabilities. This initial research gave him the idea of expanding his study to other convents and focusing on Alzheimer's disease. In this study, the nuns (75 -104 years old) contracted to give access to their medical and personal histories and to donate their brain tissue after death to Snowden's project.
Among the Catholic nuns. Snowden studied every nun in that community that had the same health care provided, living situation and income status. Because he could do away with these factors, Dr. Snowden's research can focus on which behaviors and attitudes most affect aging, especially mental fitness.
The Nun Study's scientific findings are well outlined in this book. ...
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