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Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS)

What Is It?

The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives is an individualized evidence-based program, delivered in nine sessions over a five month period by a trained PEARLS coach in-person, virtually via ZOOM, or by telephone.*  It is designed to reduce depressive symptoms and social isolation in adults 60 years of age and over.

Sessions are highly participative, where support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to improve their emotional health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

*Virtual or telephone format sessions are offered to participants whose residence is outside the greater Charlotte region.


Who should enroll in the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives?

The PEARLS program helps people with depressive symptoms to gain self-confidence in their ability to recognize their symptoms and learn how to solve problems affecting their lives.  In addition, PEARLS focuses on increasing physical activity and social connections which often improves the mood of participants with depression.  Please note that PEARLS will not conflict with behavioral health programs or treatment since it is designed to complement clinical services.

PEARLS has been shown to improve quality of life for individuals having difficulty in coping with life changes such as living with a chronic illness, loss of a loved one, social isolation, etc. Get connected to PEARLS if you or someone you know is experiencing little interest or pleasure doing things, feeling down, sad or hopeless, lasting more than 2 weeks.

What are the components of the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives?

Trained PEARLS Coaches support individuals one-on-one to build confidence and skills to:

  • Better recognize the symptoms of depression
  • Utilize a seven-step approach to identify and solve problems
  • Plan social, physical, and enjoyable activities

Watch this video featuring a PEARLS Participant to learn more about the program:

Would you or someone you know benefit from PEARLS offered through Healthy Aging NC? Our referral form makes it easy to make the referral for yourself, a friend, a relative, or for a patient, if you are a health professional.

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