nora-webI’ve been retired since early 2006 and it’s absolutely true that time flies when you’re having fun! Now that I’m retired, it’s fun not to have to turn on the alarm clock unless absolutely necessary … like when my husband and I are off traveling and must catch a plane in the wee hours of the morning.

Before retiring from a full time J.O.B. as a computer trainer, I was also teaching part-time. That generally meant not enough sleep. I wondered if I was shortening my life span, but I knew at that time that I wanted to definitely see my boys get married and perhaps become a grandmother as well. Since then, both of my boys have married wonderful women and we now have three beautiful grandchildren.

So retiring was definitely the right decision. It also gave me time to work on my passions — helping to heal people via a variety of energy healing modalities and establishing scholarships. My mother had wanted to go to college and become a third grade teacher. Her family could not afford to send her to college. My father was in law school when World War II broke out and he was sent to an internment camp. His education ended abruptly. After the war ended, he returned to Hawaii where he eventually became an entrepreneur opening his own insurance agency. Coincidentally, my older son is now a self-employed attorney and his wife is a third grade teacher.

My dream is to offer scholarships to budding elementary school teachers from my mother’s alma mater, Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii. My father had the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease and my dream is to support students interested in finding a cure for this ravishing disease.

I have been blogging at http://noranagatani.com since 2008 and have enjoyed it immensely. However, the one topic that is of greatest concern to me is Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Now that I’m a “senior”, I have a lot of questions and concerns and I want to use this blog to take the journey and share the answers with you.  It is an exciting journey full of anticipation.

Please feel free to e-mail me at nora@aboutalz.com or call me at 703.825.8384 at any time with questions, comments, or suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.