For the past 25 years, a quiet but remarkable study has been going on at the School Sisters of Notre Dame convent in Mankato, Minn. What we’re learning might not only be the keys to happiness and long life, but have some interesting financial planning implications as well.

In a nutshell, the study attempts identify predictors of Alzheimer’s disease, now the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. Led by Dr. David Snowdon, the study has examined everything from the diet and exercise habits of the nuns to their early written communication skills, education levels and even autopsy reports of their brains. 

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