PEARLS—Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives
The 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.
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.
- Feeling down, sad, or hopeless more than half the days
- Llittle interest or pleasure in doing things more than half the days
- Age 55 or older
- English speaking
- Veteran, military spouse, or spouse survivor
- Not functionally impaired by schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, manic depressive disorder, cognitive impairment, or current substance or alcohol abuse
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.
- Translating PEARLS: lessons learned from providers and participants (Frontiers in Public Health, April 27, 2015)
- Veterans Benefits and Support Services Can Change Your Life (AgeWise King County, November 2014)
- King County Veterans and Human Services Levy Makes a Difference (AgeWise King County, November 2014)
- Project Summary A brief summary of program design and results.
- PEARLS Implementation Toolkit
The how-to manual for implementing PEARLS in your agency.
- PEARLS website (managed by the Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness, and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP))
- PEARLS Training Video
Testimonials about the effectiveness of PEARLS training for counselors and other professionals.
- VA Caregiver Support The Veterans Administration offers this website for caregivers of veterans of all ages, along with a toll-free support line: 1-855-260-3274.