PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives)
About 24% of women and 13% percent of men 60 and older experience symptoms of depression. We
all feel down or “blue” sometimes but depression is an actual health condition and, for most seniors living in rural areas, access to quality treatment is a problem.
The Senior Center is launching a new, evidence based program to help seniors with depression and has received 3 program grants to start providing PEARLS services for Older Adults in and around Harvard on February 15th.
PEARLS was developed and implemented by the University of Washington to treat depression in community based seniors and any senior experiencing symptoms of depression can be screened for this clinical program. Working in conjunction with a team of behavioral health professionals and the participant’s primary care physician, the PEARLS Counselor (a trained Social Worker) meets with the senior in their home or other comfort setting to help resolve problems and decrease depressive symptoms.
Anyone can refer a senior (or an individual with Epilepsy) to the PEARLS program. If you are concerned that you or someone you know is depressed, call the PEARLS program line at 815.701.6605. Our PEARLS Counselor will respond and setup an initial assessment.