|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.
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
Attitude is Everything!
Debbie R. Bera/ADC
NAAP Public Relations Trustee
“You can’t take care of others if you don’t first take care of yourself.” I’m sure everyone has
heard that statement more than once in his or her lifetime. Activity Professionals are very
good at taking care of others, but often fall short on taking the best care of themselves. (I’m
With a new year, you’re supposed to start anew physically, emotionally, spiritually. It’s time
for a fresh start. Many people make New Year’s resolutions that quickly fall by the wayside.
Personally, I don’t make them. Instead I am goal driven. You are far more likely to be
successful in anything if you set manageable goals for yourself. Goals should be ongoing
and not just once a year.
A lot of how we take care of ourselves is in our attitude. I challenge you to make one of your
goals for this year to be the ultimate attitude makeover. Start by expecting great things each
day. Have high hopes and great dreams. Believe that life is good, can only get better and
that the best is yet to come. You just may get what you expect! Our beliefs tend to be self-
Next, stop worrying and start living! Visualize a good day each morning as you get out of
bed. Each night when you retire write down 10 successes from your day. Remember the
successes and learn from the missed opportunities, don’t view them as failures.
Remember, it’s all in the attitude! If you are a worrier (I’ve got that down to a tee!), allow
yourself a short period of time each day to think about it and then put it from your mind. Most
things we worry about never come to pass or end up not being as bad as we think they will
be. Focus on the world around you. Notice sights, sounds and smells (sounds like
sensory stimulation, doesn’t it?) Really take time to smell the roses. When you do feel bad,
choose to imagine the best and act as if you feel good. (Remember, it’s all attitude.) Ban
the words always, never and forever from your vocabulary. Think more realistically, and use
the words sometimes and maybe. (I also think we should remove the word if from our
vocabulary and replace it with the word when; i.e. instead of: If I had a better job; when I have
a better job. It’s a more positive outlook.) Most importantly, fill your mind with encouraging
thoughts, magnify the positive, minimize the negative and remind yourself that you can
handle even the worst situation.
Happiness comes from our attitude. Give yourself credit for tasks, no matter how small,
done throughout the day. Really take note of what you accomplish. (It is O.K. to give yourself
that pat on the back; sometimes it’s the only way to get it!) Silence your inner critic.
Generally speaking we are far harder on ourselves than any one else is. Learn the art of
acceptance. The serenity prayer is a good problem-solving technique. (I keep a framed
copy on my desk as a constant reminder.) “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I
cannot change, to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” Learn to
accept things and to move on. Always remember to look at the big picture. There are three
types of activities that make us happy (according to positive psychologists): pleasant,
engaged, and meaningful. (Sounds familiar, Activity Professionals know that too!) Our
culture emphasizes the pleasurable, but research shows that engaged and meaningful
activities make a much more significant contribution to a happier life. Seek activities that
absorb you and lend a sense of meaning or purpose to your life. (Folks, this is stuff we
already know!) Gratitude matters! It is scientifically proven that if you write down (or say)
three good things that happened to you today, and why, it will help put you in a better mood.
I do this each night right before going to bed. You can make it formal with a Gratitude
Journal or just go over it in your head. I like to write it down, it seems to make it more
concrete and when you are having a bad day you have an entire journal of gratitude to reread
and cheer you up! Lastly, review your life for times when you absolutely had a great time.
Then reinvent that moment to fit you now. You can love your life. Some tips on how to do
what you love and love what you do: try different things, set goals, move on, evolve with the
circumstances, do what you are passionate about (be passionate about something), keep
an open mind, keep your mind active, do what you find fun, have a support system, follow
your instincts and nurture friendships. (This really isn’t anything new to Activity
Professionals, this is what we seek for our residents, and it’s also what we need for
We cannot always change what happens in our lives, but we can change our attitudes. We
can change our responses to what happens to us. We can look for the positives in our days
and lives. It doesn’t mean being a Polly Anna. It means we choose to be happy and content
despite what comes our way by having a genuine, positive outlook on things. In closing,
some food for thought in a quote from Dolly Parton: “We cannot direct the wind, but we can
adjust the sails.” How true!
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