The African American Elders Program serves African-American elders in Central and Southeast Seattle and South King County. The program identifies frail, isolated and hard-to-serve African Americans and assists them in accessing and receiving needed social and health services through ongoing case management, support and referrals. The program identifies African Americans who are:

  • 60 years and older
  • Chronically ill, frail, or disabled
  • Unable to obtain services or perform activities of daily living
  • Low-income or below poverty level
  • At risk of premature institutionalization
  • In need of multiple services in order to remain in their homes
  • Lacking formal and informal support systems
  • Have one ADL deficit

The program is located in the Randolph Carter Family and Learning Center in Seattle. For a history of the program, visit www.seattle.gov/humanservices/aging.

PEARLS, The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives

Pearls is an in-home counseling program that teaches depression management techniques to older adults experiencing minor depression. The program serves all ethnic groups throughout Seattle and King County.

Pearls criteria: Feeling down or blue, or lost interest in doing things, 55 years or older, low income, Veteran, or spouse of Veteran, does not have a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Schizo-Affective disorder, Bipolar, Manic Depression, or a current substance abuser.