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NAAP Mission Statement
To provide excellence in support services to activity professionals through education,
advocacy, technical assistance, promotion of standards, fostering of research,
and peer and industry relations.
About NAAP
Founded by Activity Professionals
for Activity Professionals...

NAAP is the only national group that represents
activity professionals in geriatric settings exclusively.
NAAP serves as a catalyst for both professional and
personal growth and has come to be recognized by
government officials as the voice of the activity
profession on national issues concerning long-term
care facilities, retirement living, assisted living, adult
day services, and senior citizen centers. NAAP is
nationwide in scope with a growing membership in
Canada and Bermuda.

The National Association of Activity Professionals
recognizes the following values:

The quality of life of the
client/resident/participant/patient served is the
primary reason for our services.

The strength of NAAP lies in the diversity of its
members.  NAAP recognizes the rich cultural, and
educational backgrounds of its members and values
the variety of resources represented.

The strength of NAAP also lies in the development
and promotion of scientific research which further
defines and supports the activity profession.

NAAP values the development and maintenance of
coalitions with organizations whose mission is similar
to that of NAAP's for the purposes of advocacy,
research, education, and promotion of activity
services and activity professionals.

NAAP values members who become involved at the
state and national level to promote professional
standards as well as encourage employers to
recognize them as professionals.

NAAP affords Activity Professionals across the
country the opportunity to speak with a common

NAAP successfully worked with members of Congress
to secure a change in the nursing home reform title
of the 1987 Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
(OBRA). Through our efforts, it became mandatory
that an activity program, directed by a qualified
professional, be provided in every nursing home that
receives Medicare and/or Medicaid funds.

NAAP was the only professional activity association
to participate in HCFA's workgroups that revised
OBRA's interpretive guidelines now in effect.

NAAP provides assistance at the state level to
promote certification of activity professionals,
working toward uniform professional standards for
activity practice.

By William A. Ruechel BS
Special Interest Group Trustee
National Association of Activity Professionals

What does HOME mean to you? What does aging successfully mean to you? These are two
important questions, which are being asked of our seniors. Many difficult issues often come
with getting older. We all age; there is no way around it. Each second we breathe in air, we
age. We all have gifts and we need to use these gifts, so we can have a healthly aging.

Helping develop a Retirement Campus for our church, has led me to look at all areas of
long term care. I am very familiar with long term care, as my mother was in a facility for 8
years, after she had a stroke. I have volunteered at an Assisted Living Center and I am on
the board for a local Home Health Agency.

In working on the Retirement Committee, I began reading the book, “Aging In Stride”. Aging
In Stride was written to help seniors better understand what it means to age well. We all
want quality of life and quality of care, as we age. We need to answer the questions: Where
do I want to live? What do I want to do? and How do I envision the rest of my life? All of these
questions are addressed in this book.

Life is improved if we stay active. I don’t have to tell any activity professional this, as this is
what they are doing for their residents, clients or participants, helping them attain quality of
life. A recent study predicts that by the year 2030 one in every five Americans (20%) will be
65 or older (compared to 13% now).

I know how busy all activity professionals are, but please take time and go to www.ncoa.
org/briefings. It is worth your time. You can sign up for web conferences and can receive
their Bi-Monthly e-Newsletter. When you participate in one of their web conferences you can
receive the book “Aging In Stride” free. It has a wealth of information, which is of great benefit
to all Activity Professionals, especially those working in the Retirement field. You will find all
kinds of forms that are useful. The Retirement Committee, from my church, is taking some
of the questions on several of the forms and developing a survey to send to our

Being NAAP’s Special Interest Group Trustee for the last two years, I know that Retirement
is one area that NAAP still needs to develop. I took early retirement at the age of 55, after
teaching for 35 years. I want to be involved in what happens to me as I age. I want some say
in what happens to me.

Going thru the book, “Aging In Stride” could help your residents’ families understand how
they feel about aging. As Activity Professionals, I know you are always looking for good
ideas, for support groups in your facility. Here is one that would be great for your facility. We
are going to start one at my church and I hope you will look into this book and find it as
useful, as I have. Happy Retirement to all.
Copyright 2004-PRESENT
The Activity Director's Office
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There are so many benefits when you belong to
NAAP!  Each member will receive a newsletter
which will give the updated reports on Government
Relations, Special Interests, International Updates,
Professional Development, Nominations, Standards
of Practice, Financial Updates and a Membership
Report. Along with this comes an update from our
President, Diane Mockbee, and our Executive
Director, Charles Taylor.

Members will also receive a discounted rate at the
Annual Conference which is held in March/April of
each year.

Effective JAN 1, 2006 membership dues are:
Active Membership = $75 US dollars
Associate Membership = $65 US dollars
International Membership (outside US) = $65 USD
Student Membership = $55 US dollars
Supportive Membership = $99 US dollars

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