[In the photo above, Leigh Zoller is standing in the black slacks and gray top.]
Yesterday at an assisted living facility in Arlington (Fox Run Estates on Little Rd), Leigh Zoller, LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) gave a presentation about a free program to overcome depression which is available to people 60+ regardless of income who live in Tarrant County.
Upon request of a client, the PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors) counselor will come to a person's home to have a chat with them about what's going on in their lives, goals, etc., and the counselor will assess whether the person is a good candidate for the the PEARLS program (the answer is almost always "yes").
The first interview usually occurs within a week or two of making a request and lasts 60-90 minutes and the timing of subsequent sessions is agreed between the client and counselor. Within 30 days after the initial visit, the remaining counseling begins and consists of 7 more sessions (total of 8 sessions) which usually take place over a period of 6 months but may take longer (schedule to be determined by the patient and counselor). This is an evidence-based program which has been tested by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and found to be effective in reducing depression for older adults.
For more information or to require an initial interview, call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 888-730-2372 and ask to speak to the PEARLS Counselor. Don't face depression alone. There is no shame in having depression and help is available.
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.