Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression Empowering Activities for Seniors)
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Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression Empowering Activities for Seniors)

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Developed by: Baylor College of Medicine’s Huffington Center on Aging
Program Administrator: Nancy Wilson
Year Program First Implemented: 2002


Healthy IDEAS is a depression self-management program that includes screening and assessment, education for clients and family caregivers, referral and linkages to appropriate health professionals, and behavioral activation. The Healthy IDEAS program is designed to be implemented by case managers.

Supporting Evidence:

Healthy IDEAS was tested via collection of within group pre-post impact evaluation data. Outcomes address depression, pain, social function, social and physical activity levels, education/knowledge, and service use. Client impact includes reductions in depression severity and self-reported pain, increased knowledge of how to get help for depression, increased level of activity, and increased knowledge of how to manage depressive symptoms.


Quijano LM, Stanley MA, Petersen NJ, Casado BL, Steinberg EH, Cully JA, Wilson NL. Healthy IDEAS: A Depression Intervention Delivered by Community-Based Case Managers Serving Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology (April 2007) 26 (2) 139-156. [Online]:


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