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Sometimes we need some extra help to figure out how to handle life’s problems.

PEARLS—the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives—is a home- and community-based program to help older adults who have minor depression. The program grew out of a five-year research project conducted by the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center, which showed that home-based depression management counseling can significantly reduce depression symptoms and improve health status in chronically medically ill older adults with minor depression.

Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—was instrumental in testing the PEARLS program among long-term care case management clients and also in extending the program to support veterans, military spouses, and spouse survivors who are age 55 or older. PEARLS counseling supplements—without competing with—other services for veterans.

Past issues of AgeWise King County have highlighted this successful program:

Two short videos, linked to the images below, share personal accounts of the value of the PEARLS for Veterans program.PEARLS vets videoPaul Snow, formerly with Aging and Disability Services, describes his experience as a veteran with minor depression, and the value of PEARLS counseling, in this digital story.

PEARLSvetsvideo2Lorraine Sanford shares her military service story as well as the value of PEARLS counseling in this digital story.

If you are a veteran, military spouse, or spouse survivor who feels down, sad, or hopeless more than half the days, and has little interest or pleasure in doing things more than half the days, and you are 55 or older, contact Daniel Widner (206-615-0533 or daniel.widner@seattle.gov) or Carl Kaiser (206-386-0039 or carl.kaiser@seattle.gov) for more information.

PEARLS counseling is provided free of charge to eligible individuals. The PEARLS program received funding from the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy. Learn more at www.agingkingcounty.org/veterans.

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