Aging Catholic nuns get care at Jewish nursing home

May 24, 2015 3:02 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - Three orders of Roman Catholic nuns that traditionally took care of their own aging sisters have sent 58 members to live at an elderly-care complex that was originally a nursing home for Jews.

The orders' decision reflects a trend that has left the church in America with more nuns over age 90 than under age 60. Very few women are going into the religious life, while health care needs are escalating for those who joined earlier.

The nuns are ages 73 to 98. They appear to have overcome some initial resistance and say they're very happy at Jewish Home Lifecare. They have taken over a couple of floors so they can be together, but they're also taking part in open-to-all activities.

The home says they've been a boon to other residents.

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