~ Newberg Noon Rotary Club Newsletter ~
Rotary Club of Newberg, Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
~ Call to Order ~
President-Elect Becky Ankeny welcomed Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to the Hybrid Live/Zoom meeting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at the Chehalem Cultural Center.
~ Flag Salute ~
Larry lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance.
~ 4 Way Test ~
Karen lead participants in the recital of the 4 Way Test:
Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things we think, say and do:
#1 – Is it the TRUTH?
#2 – Is it FAIR to all concerned?
#3 – Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
#4 – Is it BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
~ Announcements ~
Pancake Breakfast: Note that this is a lot of work and they are in need of volunteers. Please reach out if you would like to join it, it is a lot of fun. Aaron is in charge of the committee so get ahold of him to get involved. This is very important and we would be very appreciative to anyone willing to be on the planning committee.
~ Guests ~
Lacey Plasker, Guest Speaker
~ The Rotary Duck ~
Lisa: Noted that she just met Lacey and realized they had a lot in common. She was really excited to get the opportunity to make the connection.
Walter: Walter and Julie took 2 weeks off and visited the beach in Southern California. They have been working with a physical therapist who said they need more therapy and exercise.
Paula: Shared that she was also just at the beach, but in Seaside, Oregon. She went clam digging and ended up with 4 total clams, which she doesn’t eat, but brings to her sister.
Kathie: Mentioned that she had been tasked with helping set up, but ended up needing to provide care to a friend in need. She called in some favors and was able to be there for her friend. Thanked everyone who covered for her this afternoon. Additionally, Kathie announced that On April 4, First Federal is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Go visit First Federal on April 4 from 11 to 2pm for fun, a raffle, and wonderful cupcakes from a Local Bakery, Sprinkles of Joy.
~ Today’s Program: Older Adult Behavioral Health with Lacey Plasker ~
Lacey Plasker works for Yamhill County as the Older Adult Behavioral Specialist. She is one of 26 BH specialists statewide who have social work and psychology training. Lacey grew up in Junction City, a small town outside of Eugene. She was hired by Yamhill County Behavioral Health right out of college and has served in different capacities for the last 15 years, as well as having met her husband there who works in developmental disabilities. She has been a case manager, a behaviroal support specialist for the long term care setting, and in January was promoted to her current position.
Goal of the Older Adults Behavioral Health Initiative: To better meet the needs of older adults and people living with physical disabilities by improving timely access to care from qualified providers who work together to provide coordinated, quality and culturally responsive behavioral health and wellness services.
Facts about adult behavioral health that led to the creation of the OABHI:
- Oregon has the highest rate in the nation of 65 and older hospitalized for opioid-related issues
- By 2035, older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in US History – there will be 78.0 million perople over 65 compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18.
- An estimated 76,000 Oregonians have Alzheimer’s Disease or a related demintia.
- Two in three adults over 65 have multiple chronic conditions, which are associated with a greater likelihood of increased functional limitations and disability.
- Oregon ranks among the nation’s worst for: heavy drinking among older adults, lifetime diagnosis of depression, and hospitalization for opioid abuse.
- The highest suicide rate in the state occurred among men age 85 or older.
Three Primary Job Functions:
- Work Force Development and Community Education:
- Stage and host trainings and community health education events
- Increase direct service staff knowledge of normal aging processes, as well as services provided by aging services, behavioral health, and primary care.
- Increase direct service staff knowledge of how behavioral health conditions/disorders present in an older population and best practices for addressing them.
- Promote local education and awareness activities that focus on risk and protective factors for older adults and people with disabilities.
- Complex Care Coordination:
- Facilitate and accept referrals for complex case consultants
- Promote a multi-disciplinary team and multi-morbidity approach.
- Track trends and promote best practices.
- Payer blind
- Make sure older adults and people with disabilities receive the appropriate help at the right time and at the right level of care.
- Collaboration and Coordination:
- Promote partnerships and linkages
- Inter-agency/multi-system planning for better coordination among behavioral health, aging services, primary care providers, and hospitals.
- Create a stakeholder group with a focus on the BH needs of older adults
- Indentify systems that need improvement, remove barriers for care, break down “silos”.
For more information, complex case/care consult or for upcoming trainings/educational events contact: Lacy Plasker by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503-474-6853.
Check your e-mails for Mike Caruso’s Zoom meeting access information.
~ Joke of the Day ~
Yesterday a clown held the door open for me… I thought it was a nice jester.
~ Happy Quotes! ~
“Being happy is the greatest form of success.”
~ Published 3/29/2022: Dan Keuler, Newsletter Editor ~