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PEARLS: Coaching for older adults with depression

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Many older people living in the United States are in the grips of a mental health crisis, their struggles compounded by loneliness, isolation, and grief in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. One in four people over age 65 experiences anxiety or depression, yet many never receive treatment—and still more go undiagnosed.

For more than 20 years, the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) has been bringing one-on-one, skill-based intervention for depression administered by trained coaches to older people, in their own homes or communities. This event will examine how PEARLS works to address the needs of this often overlooked and uniquely vulnerable group.


Joel Hernandez, PEARLS counselor
Baltazar Molina, PEARLS client
Mercedes Molina, PEARLS client
Sherry Wu, PEARLS research coordinator, University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center


Michael Fitzgerald, editor-in-chief, Harvard Public Health

April 16 @ 1:00 pm

Read Jennifer Lopez's op-ed

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This event is one in a multipart series pairing discussions from The Studio with journalism from Harvard Public Health to examine mental health programs across the U.S. that deliver real results.

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