What Makes PEARLS Different
PEARLS is one of only a
handful of programs that focuses on helping older adults develop the skills
they need to maintain their health, happiness, and independence. The program is part of a cultural
shift in how depression is managed by and for aging community members. Most
programs address depression and anxiety in older adults using only the clinical mental
health toolkit (counseling and/or medication), while PEARLS focuses on skill
coaches (the name we give staff) meet one-on-one with older adults for six to
eight one-hour to two-hour sessions, typically over the course of four to five
months. We meet where the participant is most comfortable, usually in their
home. The program begins with weekly sessions that gradually taper down to
monthly. This is a common skill-building technique used to support people in
gradually learning to problem solve on their own.
Thanks to a Grant through our PPACG Area Agency on Aging we are able to offer this support to people 60+ free of charge.