Aline is a former banking executive enjoying retirement these days in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Castro Valley with her husband of 32 years and a couple of pampered cats. That however is not the full story.
“I was actually born in Ethiopia but I'm of Armenian descent, and my family came to the United States when I was 14 years old,” the now 65-year-old ex-banker explains. That was in 1969 when life in Ethiopia had become increasingly unstable, especially for members of an Armenian community whose own history of trade with Ethiopia dates all the way back to 100 AD.
“We had enjoyed a pretty good life over there,” Aline adds. Her mother had enrolled her and her older sister in a private British school “because she wanted her daughters to learn to speak English.” That’s where Aline got to meet the Queen of England.
Although Ethiopia had never been colonized, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh were on an extended international tour in 1965 and had put Ethiopia on their itinerary. And so it happened one day in Addis Ababa a 10-year-old schoolgirl of Armenian descent came face-to-face with royalty. “That was a memorable day,” Aline says.
When Aline and her family left Ethiopia, they flew all the way to San Francisco and were met by an uncle who had already settled in the Bay Area and served as their sponsor as they got settled in to a whole new and very different life.
Speaking English made the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen a little easier, Aline points out, although passing the test was still difficult and demanding. But finally she mastered the knowledge required and in 1976, at the age of 21, Aline raised her right hand, swore allegiance to the United States of America, and became a naturalized citizen. To this day, Aline keeps a small pamphlet with the United States Constitution with her wherever she goes.
She began her career in banking as a teller, and over the years rose up through the ranks in Bay Area banks, specializing in analyzing companies’ needs and making loans to help them grow and flourish. “It was a good life,” she says, looking back on a career spanning some 47 years.
About nine years ago, she began to pay more attention to her own wellbeing, particularly her brain health. “I I just wanted to get on the ball and make sure that I was keeping myself in good shape,” she reports. She did a lot of reading of available reports on brain health and liked what she read about Prevagen, concluding that Prevagen was worth trying. “I've been using Prevagen nine years now, and I do have clarity in my thinking and my memory is good. I mean Prevagen really helps.” she says.
For a person who has shown in her life that trying something new can lead to good things, it is really no surprise that Aline decided to give Prevagen a chance. The good news is that discovering Prevagen has proven to be another good thing in her life, right up there with discovering the Queen of England in her classroom one day long ago in a place very far away.