Program to Encourage Active Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS)
PEARLS is a community based program designed to reduce depression and improve quality of life.
The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is a national evidence-based program for late-life depression. PEARLS brings high quality mental health care into community-based settings that reach vulnerable older adults.
During six to eight sessions that take place in the client’s home and focus on brief behavioral techniques, PEARLS counselors empower individuals to take action and make lasting changes so they can lead more active and rewarding lives.
The PEARLS Program:
Focuses on teaching each client the skills necessary to move to action and make lasting life changes
Is delivered in the client’s home or other accessible community setting
Is designed to be delivered in the community through social service or other trusted community-based organizations
Takes a team-based approach, involving the PEARLS counselor, clinical supervisor, and health provider
Aims to improve quality of life, as well as reduce depressive symptoms
Is well-suited for individuals with chronic illness, including people with epilepsy
PEARLS helps clients achieve a greater sense of well-being. The PEARLS program combines proven, practical strategies to decrease depression in older adults and adults with epilepsy.
PEARLS fosters closer contact with community resources. PEARLS is offered at a variety of organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, ADRCs, senior centers, non-profit community based organizations, and mental health centers.
PEARLS helps people achieve more active lives. A cornerstone of the PEARLS program is doing enjoyable activities that encourage movement and spending time with other people.
PEARLS is client-driven. Clients choose the problems they want to work on and identify realistic goals. They weigh the pros and cons of possible situations and come up with an action plan that fits within their lives.
For more information on the PEARLS program, or to inquire about other Evidence-Based Programs, please find the below contact information:
Jamye Taylor, M.S.
If you would like to refer a client for the PEARLS program, please email or fax the below referral form to Jayme Taylor. If faxed, please provide a cover sheet.
Additional PEARLS Resources can be found by visiting www.pearlsprogram.org.