CORPUS CHRISTI – Dr. David Snowdon, author of the book “Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us about Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives,” will present his groundbreaking research findings Monday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Snowdon, one of the world’s leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease and director of the Nun Study, is a professor in the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
The Nun Study, a longitudinal study of health and aging, began in 1986 when 678 members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame religious congregation granted Snowdon permission to test them each year for Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related brain disorders. The purpose of the study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, is to determine the causes and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, other brain diseases, and the mental and physical disability associated with aging. Data, tissue and genetic material in this study are expected to be used by scientists for decades into the future.
Through his findings, Dr. Snowdon will shed light on the question, “Why do some sisters continue to teach and serve, and retain strong mental acuity well into their 80s, 90s and even past 100, while others, with similar lifestyles, decline into illness and mental disability?”
The Nun Study findings have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Epidemiology and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; and featured on NBC’s “Today,” CNN and ABC’s “Nightline.”
Articles on the study have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal; and Time, Newsweek and National Geographic magazines, as well as other national and international newspapers.
A book signing and refreshments will follow Dr. Snowdon’s discussion, “Aging with Grace: Findings from the Nun Study,” part of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s 60th Anniversary Speaker Series.
For more information, call 361.825.3938.