ElderVention® Program


Elderly GentlemanDepression is not a normal part of aging. There are many factors that can contribute to the decline of an older adult’s mental health and well-being. If you are suffering from depression or any other mental health issue, please seek help. If you are currently experiencing thoughts of suicide and feel that you cannot keep yourself safe, please call 911 or the Maricopa County Crisis line at 602-222-9444.

To assist older adults with their mental and emotional well-being, the Area Agency on Aging coordinates and administers the ElderVention program which is designed to help older adults achieve and maintain a healthy emotional life. The program provides:

  • In Home Counseling by Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW’s) for older adults who may be suffering from a mental health issue
  • Community and professional education for people who work with or come in contact with older adults
  • Transition workshops (like a support group) for older adults so that they may connect with one another and improve their well being

Additional Programs and Services

Maricopa Elder Behavioral Health Advocacy Coalition (MEBHAC)

Maricopa Elder Behavioral Health Advocacy Coalition (MEBHAC) is made up of community members who work together to increase the community’s capacity to address the behavioral health and substance abuse issues faced by older adults. The coalition is always looking to recruit anyone who has a vested interest in the mental health of older adults including: aging network providers, behavioral health and substance abuse providers, older adults, concerned community members.

  • For more information about meeting times, contact Kitzya Herrera 602-688-6753 or send her an email.

Maricopa Behavioral Health Advocacy Coalition is funded through a grant by Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care (MMIC).

Hoarding Therapy Group

ElderVention® provides therapy groups and community education to address the needs of those with hoarding behavior.

  • Hoarding behavior is a concern that has received a lot of attention in the media recently. More than 15 million people in the United States suffer from this disorder. Do you see yourself as someone who may have this issue?
  • The Area Agency on Aging, Region One offers a therapy group entitled “Too Many Treasures,” designed to affirm, educate, and gently guide individuals who self-identify with hoarding behaviors. The group is open to individuals who are 60 years of age and older and able to commit to attending all groups.
  • If you are interested in attending this therapy group, please call (602) 241-5577 or email Mary Coalson.

Singing in the Rain (Transition Workshop)

Maricopa Elder Behavioral Health Advocacy Coalition (MEBHAC), through the Area Agency on Aging, offers an eight-part series workshop entitled Singing in the Rain. Crafted to help older adults learn how to create happiness and well being in the midst of all that life demands and its inevitable surprises.

The workshop facilitator uses scientifically proven strategies that help you feel more:

  • Positive
  • Grateful
  • Creative
  • Joyful

Using group interaction and assignments, participants learn new skills to create positive engagements in life, identify ways to increase happiness, and develop greater resilience.

If you would like more information about the Singing in the Rain workshop, please contact the Area Agency on Aging at 602-241-4724 or email Heidi Donniaquo.

safeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

safeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources that can help them in choosing to live.

Please see this page for more information, a list of upcoming training sessions, and registration.

A Matter of Life – Suicide Prevention

A Matter of Life addresses the fact that suicide rates are higher for older adults than for any other age group in Maricopa County.

It is designed to:

  • Educate older adults to recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
  • Encourage help-seeking behavior
  • Give resources and tools so that individuals know how to access and ask for help
  • Help one another if they come across this very difficult and painful problem

Please see this page for more information, a list of upcoming presentations, and to register for the presentation.

Rx Matters

Medications are helping people live longer and can improve a person’s quality of life, but medications can also cause problems.

Rx Matters is a presentation on prescription drug misuse and abuse which is an epidemic in Arizona.

  • Learn the risks associated with medication
  • Questions you should ask your physician and pharmacist
  • Proper ways to store and dispose of medications

Contact us for more information or to request a presentation.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid® is a no cost 8-hour course that teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.

Please see this page for more information, a list of upcoming classes, and to register for the class.


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For more information or to schedule a presentation on the ElderVention® program, call the Senior HELP LINE at 602-264-HELP.

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