According to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, all people feel sad or unhappy at times during their lives, but persistent sadness may be depression, a serious illness affecting 15 out of every 100 adults over age 65 in the United States. Although depression is a common problem among older adults, it is not a normal part of aging. It may be overlooked because for some older adults who have depression, sadness is not their main symptom. They may have other, less obvious symptoms of depression or they may not be willing to talk about their feelings. Therefore, doctors may be less likely to recognize that their patient has depression.
Letting Go! is based on the PEARLS Program, a highly effective community-based intervention method designed to reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in older adults. During six to eight community-based sessions scheduled over a six month duration, participants focus on brief behavioral techniques using evidence-based strategies to treat depression; including Problem Solving Treatment (PST), Behavioral Activation and Pleasant Activities Scheduling.
For further information about Letting Go!, please contact Helen Evans at 585-593-5223, ext. 1011 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.