Aging with Grace: The Nun Study and the science of old age. How we can all live longer, healthier and more vital lives.

David Snowdon

AGING WITH GRACE reveals the cutting-edge research that has transformed scientists’ understanding of healthy aging and shows what everyone can do to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

This remarkable book combines cutting-edge research on the brain with the poignant and inspiring stories of a group of nuns – extraordinary women – who are teaching scientists about how we can grow old well. Aging With Grace shows that old age does not have to mean an inevitable slide into illness and disability; rather, it can be a time of promise and productivity, intellectual vigour, and continuing freedom from disease.

Reviews of Aging with Grace: The Nun Study and the science of old age. How we can all live longer, healthier and more vital lives.

    • ‘Wonderfully warm and illuminating. A rare book for the way it combines cutting-edge science with an inside view of how that knowledge is being won. It is as much a story of the individual lives of the nuns as of their eventual neurological fate.’ John McCrone, Guardian
    • ‘I advise you to read Aging with Grace.’ Maggie Gee, Daily Telegraph
    • ‘Extraordinary insights…Snowdon not only describes the key findings, but also gives touching accounts of the lives and work of the nuns. In Aging with Grace, we glimpse a closed, peculiarly uniform world. The nuns have a lot to teach us about the lifestyle and attitudes needed to age successfully – with grace.’ New Scientist
    • ‘A unique study of nuns is helping scientists unlock the secrets of the ageing process.’ Daily Mail