Nuns give the keys to the fountain of youth
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CREATED May. 22, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The school sisters of Notre Dame in Milwaukee don't just do mass. They do mass media too, everything from books to magazine covers to talk shows.
They became famous because of a scientific study. A study in which they agreed to take mental and physical tests then donate their brains when they died. That was in 1994.
Only three sisters who took part in the study are still alive, the rest are in a brain bank.
Sister Gabriel Mary Spaeth knew every sister in the study. For years, she drove around the country conducting the tests.
"I always said to them that they would never know until they die, what good they have done for all of humankind," said Sister Gabriel.
She was right. Thanks to their gift, we now know part of living longer and healthier is a choice.
"Whatever is good for the heart is good for the brain," said Sister Gabriel.
The study shows keeping your body active is key along with an optimistic attitude.
"life is a pure gift," said Sister Mary Gilda Sturino. "I don't think we realize how much presence means in our world today. It means a whole lot and that presence that we bring is the gift that we give to each other," said Sister Mary. She insists sharing your life with others is what keeps you young at heart.
The original research in 1994 was actually an Alzheimer's study. Through that, they discovered other clues to living a longer life. The University of Minnesota is now working on another study with the school sisters of Notre Dame. This time the nuns won't have to donate their brains. They are planning on using brain imaging technology instead.