Making a Graceful Transition with Donna Eichelberger of Graceful Transitions
Wednesday, September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm| Free
Join Donna Eichelberger, Senior Living Specialist and Move Manager with Graceful Transitions to get some advice on how to downsize and move. She will provide practical suggestions of how to make the process easier on yourself and your loved ones.
About Donna: Growing up in Mount Airy, MD, Donna always felt drawn toward helping people, and wanted to become a Social Worker. To translate this dream into a career, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social work with a concentration in Gerontology from Hood College. In the ensuing years, she married her husband, Paul, earned a Master’s in Education with a concentration in counselling from Old Dominion University, and was a counselor in a university setting for 16 years.
When her parents retired and decided to downsize in 1999, Donna and her husband were able to purchase her childhood home. They renovated the house to make it more open, efficient and convenient, a design that would accommodate her parents’ eventual aging in place. As her parents grew older, Donna found that her university employer was less than willing to give her the time off she needed to care for her parents’ growing needs. She realized the only way she could have the flexibility to address her parents’ needs and the ability to bring in a second income was to start her own business.
Donna began researching what business might combine her social work and care giver experience with her background in counseling and gerontology. She learned that as the population is aging, busy families are having difficulty meeting all the needs of their children, their careers and their aging parents. So, out of her own necessity and her desire to help seniors and their families, Donna started Graceful Transitions in 2007, and entered the growing field of move management and senior services.
Donna truly enjoys getting to know her clients, hearing their stories, learning about who they are and what they have experienced in their lives. She and Paul still live in Mt. Airy, and Donna looks forward to helping many more seniors make their own graceful transitions.