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PEARLS—Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives

PEARLS for Veterans brochureThe Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is an evidenced-based treatment program for older adults with disabilities who also have minor depression, which is recognized by the Administration on Community Living as meeting the highest criteria.

The PEARLS program is an outgrowth of a five-year research project conducted in collaboration with the University of Washington's Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC). The research study showed PEARLS home-based depression management counseling significantly reduced depression symptoms and improved health status in chronically medically ill older adults with minor depression.

PEARLS participants are three times more likely than non-participants to significantly reduce or completely eliminate their depression.

PEARLS for Veterans flyerPEARLS Support for Veterans

Aging and Disability Services offers no-cost, in-home, PEARLS counseling to men and women who served in the military, including their spouse and spouse survivor, aged 55+ who may be feeling down, sad, or blue. PEARLS stands for Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding LiveS.

The PEARLS program helps people feel better by identifying problems and working toward solutions. PEARLS counseling supplements—without competing—with other services for veterans.

To contact PEARLS for Veterans, click here.Eligibility


PEARLS For PEARLS for Veterans publications, click on the images at right.

An article about PEARLS for Veterans—"Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives Helps Kent Veteran Succeed at Problem-Solving"—appears in the November 2012 issue of AgeWise King County (also available in PDF).

For the PEARLS for Veterans brochure, click on each of the images at right.

To view two brief videos about PEARLS support for veterans, click on each of the images below.

PEARLS for Veterans flyer Contact

For more information, contact Daniel Widner (206-615-0533) or Carl Kaiser (206-386-0039).

King County logoThis program received funding from the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy.


PEARLS for Veterans video link

The Program to Encourage Rewarding Active Lives: A Digital Story,
by Paul Snow, Aging and Disability Services, September 2012.

PEARLS for Veterans Digital Story: Women are Veterans, Too

The Program to Encourage Rewarding Active Lives,
by Lori Sanford, Aging and Disability Services, February 2013.

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