Successful Aging Initiative

 The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County is committed to the older adults in our community.  MHA is collaborating with several community partners to assess the mental health needs of older adults and provide the necessary support and resources so they can remain independent and connected to the community. Resources are available to educate the community about the needs of older adults and recommendations for improving the community using the many assets of our older population.

The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (MHAPBC) is pleased to announce its Successful Aging Initiative! At the MHAPBC, young-at-heart seniors can stay active and alert while making an impact in the community through mentoring and volunteer activities.

 

We are proud to be working with the Florida Health Network and the Area Agency on Aging to provide the following new programs:

 

PEARLS

The Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is a community-based treatment program using methods of problem solving treatment, social and physical activation, and increased pleasant events to reduce depression in physically impaired and socially isolated people; specifically elderly and adults with epilepsy. PEARLS uses empowerment and skills building to decrease depressive symptoms in older adults while increasing their self-efficacy as problem resolvers.

EnhanceWellness

EnhanceWellness is an effective, participant driven, health promotion and management program that helps older adults with chronic conditions achieve their personal health goals through health action plans, and has demonstrated significant results in the utilization of health care services. Core components include a health review and functional assessment that assesses functioning in all dimensions of health (Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Social), development of a personal health action plan, and motivational interviewing through the support of trained EnhanceWellness counselors. 

 

Call us today if you are interested in knowing more!  561-832-3755 

Click Here for the PEARLS/EW Referral Form

 

Also, as a part of the Successful Aging Initiative, seniors can:

  • Become a trained mentor in our Listen to Children Program. Senior mentors engage in one-on-one listening sessions with children identified by teachers as needing extra help due to family issues.
  • Educate teens in our MPower for Teens Program. Seniors educate teens about mental health issues most relevant to them and inform them about careers in the mental health profession. 
  • Use our Resource Center. Seniors can find an array of credible information and research about mental health issues.
  • Attend our Lunch and Learn Workshops. Seniors interested in mental health and related issues can learn about the latest news in the field through our regular series of workshops on a variety of topics.

 We also offer older adults free services through our Care Access Navigation Services System (CANSS)

Through our Successful Aging Initiative, The Mental Health Association is partnering with the Area Agency on Aging to complete depression and substance abuse screenings for senior residents at assisted living facilities throughout Palm Beach County. Screening will help medical staff proactively identify and respond to current and potential mental health issues specific to older adults. 

 

Here are some great articles to read about Successful Aging:

Aging without an Expiration Date   FROM THE BENSON-HENRY INSTITUTE FOR MIND BODY MEDICINE AT MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL Summer 2012

Older Americans and Behavioral Health Partnerships in the Changing Health Care Environment Issue Brief 1  From SAMHSA, 2012

 

If you would like more information about the Successful Aging Initiative at the MHAPBC, please contact us at (561) 832-3755.

 

Older Adults and Aging Resources

Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County Online Resource Center

Alzheimer’s Association
Web Site: www.alz.org
Phone: 1-800-272-3900
Site contains information on the disease and helpful materials for caregivers.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Web Site: www.aagpgpa.org
News, facts, tools and expert information for adults coping with mental health issues & aging.

Eldercare Locator
www.eldercare.gov
Phone: 800.677.1116
A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, Dept. of Health and Human Services. Tool for finding local agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.

 Elderweb
www.elderweb.com
The site is designed for both professionals and family members looking for information on eldercare and long term care, and includes links to information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, as well as policy, research, and statistics.

Generation Connection: Building Community through Civic Engagement Community Assessment Report 
Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, April 2009

National Council on the Aging
www.ncoa.org
The National Council on the Aging is an association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons. The Senior’s Corner section of the site contains health related resources and tips.