PEARLS is a highly effective method designed to reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in older adults. The Program’s community health educators empower older adults through behavioral techniques (problem solving, social and physical activation) and scheduling enjoyable activities to improve their quality of life.
PEARLS was developed at the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The six-month program consists of eight, in-home visits with a counselor.
PEARLS was designed to treat minor depression and dysthymic disorder in adults aged 60 and older, since they are less likely than younger adults to have major depression. Overall, depression is the most common mental health problem among older adults.
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