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
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.