Promoting Health and Wellness Throughout the Life Span

What We Do

Oftentimes, home-bound seniors can feel isolated, lonely and in need of a little extra support. Positive Solutions provides outreach, along with mental health prevention and intervention, to home-bound individuals (60+) who are at risk of becoming depressed or are showing signs of minor depression. Trained and compassionate staff members help clients recognize symptoms, identify possible causes of depression and teach proven ways to cope. This is achieved through short-term psychoeducation, the evidence-based PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors) model, and other brief interventions. Our goal is to reduce feelings of isolation, and increase an individual’s social support system and overall self-sufficiency.

Positive Solution

Who We Serve

Services are available for individuals ages 60+ from all cultural backgrounds in the San Diego County’s Central, North Central, North Inland and North Coastal Regions. For information on the Positive Solutions referral process, contact Syed Imam at Simam@upacsd.com.

UC San Diego Research Study:

Intervention for Loneliness among Older Adults

Researchers at UC San Diego are conducting a research study to improve loneliness and social isolation in older adults in San Diego. This study involves participating in a program that has been designed to reduce loneliness and social isolation by helping you to engage socially. If you meet criteria for this study and agree to be part of the study, you will meet one-on-one for 6 weeks with a study therapist via Zoom, a HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing program. These six, 60-minute sessions will include training to increase positive emotions and your pursuit of social activities. Before and after treatment, study staff will meet with you to complete questionnaires related to loneliness, physical and mental health.

If you feel lonely/socially isolated and are interested in participating, please call Velia Gitari, EMASS Program at 619-871-0528 for more information.

Success Story

John entered the Positive Solutions program looking for help managing his depression and cultivating daily and life goals for himself. He had been incarcerated for over 40 years and found it very difficult adjusting to life as a free man, but also overcoming barriers as an older adult with limited support. Through close collaboration and encouragement from his UPAC therapist, he was able to develop increased insight and self-awareness, and learned various coping mechanisms to help him manage his depression. After participating in the Positive Solutions program, John was able to obtain his own apartment, register in a job agency, perform volunteer work, and engage in multiple social and recreational activities. He was able to meet all the goals he set for himself and continues to strive to improve after being linked to long-term services.

* Names have been altered to protect client privacy.

Funded by the County of San Diego

County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency | Live Well San Diego

Program Manager

Syed Imam

Syed Imam, Ph.D.

Dr. Imam is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with vast experience working with people of different cultures, races and ethnicities.  He is tri-lingual and a seasoned mental health professional with more than 15 years of practical experience in the field of psychology and behavioral health. He has tangible management experience and has successfully managed the Positive Solutions Program for Older Adults for the past 7 years. His holistic and people friendly approach has led to the great success of the program.

Dr. Imam values human diversity and possesses deep empathy and respect for the clients.  He believes in non-directive client centered therapy where clients feel comfortable to walk in their life space and given an opportunity to explore and nurture positive emotions and experiential happiness. He knows the perfect art of blending eastern and western philosophy together that brings the best outcome to serve the clients.

Dr. Imam has a warm, friendly, empathetic and compassionate personality with sharp clinical skills and professionalism creating an ideal environment for the staff and clients in the program he is privileged to serve.

9360 Activity Road, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92126
Tel: (619) 238-1783
Fax: (619) 238-1837

920 W. San Marcos, Suite
San Marcos, CA 92078
Tel: (760) 736-8373
Fax: (760) 736-8815