Orla’s passion for eldercare began when her Irish grandmother spent her last years in a nursing home. Their special bond paved the way for Orla’s career, which has included senior roles for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Aegis Living, and other senior care organizations. Orla saw the need to connect elders living in facilities with the healing properties of nature and she studied the evidence-based benefits of horticultural therapy. Orla recently graduated from Seattle University with a Healthcare Leadership Executive MBA.
While in graduate school, she created Eldergrow as her business plan and won 1st Place Audience Award and 2nd Place Judges Award at the 17th Annual Harriet Stephenson Business Competition (Orla and Harriet pictured above). Eldergrow was also accepted into the University of Washington's Jones & Foster Accelerator Program for innovative start-ups. Orla’s passion, matched by a team of Eldergrow Educators, has propelled Eldergrow into a flourishing business.