If you work in the area of geriatric care, chances are you have seen our Elder Care Coordinator Karen Griswold out and about. With over 27 years under her belt here at Marshall, Parker & Weber, she is an active member of several Central Pennsylvania senior provider networks. She tours facilities, attends seminars and stays educated on all the services that Central Pennsylvania has to offer its aging population. Prior to her role as Elder Care Coordinator, Karen was a Case Manager working with older adults and their families on their legal, financial, and health care needs. She became certified as an Elder Care Coordinator in January of 2014, a position which takes full advantage of her compassion and hands on approach with her clients. In this role she gets to be the advocate for her clients, helping them to sort through a maze of home health care and facility-based options.
What you might not know about Karen is that she is a Veteran. She was just 17 years old when she signed her first contract with the Armed Forces of the United States. If you ask her mom, she’d say Karen joined because she knew it was something her sister would never do. Whatever the real reason was, Karen considers her service in the Armed Forces her greatest accomplishment in life. She served in several humanitarian missions in Central America, and was deployed for a one year tour in Iraq. She is always humbled when she has the opportunity to meet with an older Veteran, and she is uniquely able to help them understand the benefits available to them, such as Aid & Attendance.
Growing up Karen’s family traveled extensively due to her father’s work. She lived in a dozen different locations both inside and outside of the US before she called Pennsylvania her home. She graduated from Warrior Run High School and today she lives in Cogan House Township in Lycoming County with her husband Don and their two dogs—a Golden Retriever and a Black Labrador. Her husband Don brought two children to the marriage and they currently have seven grandchildren. Karen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and hiking, kayaking, and 4-wheeling in the Wilds of Pennsylvania.