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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.
25 Ways to Celebrate
National Activity Professionals Week
NAAP Public Relations Trustee
Debbie R. Bera/ADC

  1. Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure or massage.
  2. Have a party, social or special event with your residents and all other staff.
  3. Take your staff out to lunch.
  4. Get together with other Activity Professionals for a special luncheon or activity just for you.
  5. Send out an email blast to all Activity Professionals you know wishing them a great week
    and reminding them how great they are and how you are glad to know them.
  6. Thank your staff and remind them how glad you are to have them as an employee.
  7. Purchase NAP Week items/gifts for yourself, your staff and other staff who help to make
    the activity program great.
  8. Remind staff from other departments you couldn’t do your job well without them – it takes
    a team!  (Maintenance to help set up events, dietary to provide treats, CNA’s/Nurses to
    get residents ready, housekeeping to keep your area clean – you get the picture.)
  9. Thank your boss for being supportive.
  10. Plan daily special events or a theme week with your residents to celebrate all week long.
  11. Hang up the NAP Week poster throughout your facility.
  12. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.  (Sometimes you just got to do it!)
  13. Write a list of why you do what you do.  (It’s a good reminder to have on hand during
    those stressful times i.e. when state is in the building.  It will serve to remind you of your
  14. Do something just for you.  Take some extra time for yourself to reflect, relax and to have
  15. Start a FUN project you have been putting off for when you have time (the present is never
    better) i.e. start that new hobby, take those piano lessons, etc.
  16. Take a Paper Work Vacation and spend 100% of your time with your residents for the
    week.  It will remind you of all the joys in your job – and it can be done – who does the
    paper work when you are on a regular vacation?   (Trust me, the department will not fall
  17. Try a new activity with your residents – think outside the box of “traditional” activities.
  18. Thank your residents and remind them how much they mean to you.
  19. Thank your family for being supportive of you and for having to sometimes “take the
    backseat” when you need to put in long hours.
  20. Share your expertise with others – why reinvent the wheel?
  21. Spread joy with an attitude of gratitude!
  22. Purchase something new and fun for the activity department.  (Hey, it doesn’t have to cost
    a lot of money to be fun.  Here is just one idea:  “20 Q” electronic hand held game.  Costs
    just $9.99 at local discount stores i.e. Target.  It will not only fascinate your residents, but
    staff as well.  It is very intriguing!  It can be used for 1:1 or adapted for a group.  It is very
    fun to do as a group, there will be lots of interaction and laughing, and all will have just a
    generally good time.  My residents love it!  It holds their attention for an hour and a half –
    time flies when you are having fun!)
  23. Do a fun Inservice with staff that stresses the importance of activities for Quality of Life.
  24. Jot down some testimonials from volunteers, family members, residents and staff to
    share with others regarding positive responses to the activity program.  (Again this would
    be a good mood lifter on those stressful days.)
  25. Most importantly – remind yourself how lucky you are to truly love your job and to have the
    greatest job in the world!

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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Celebrate You During National Activity Professionals Week!
Debbie R. Bera/ADC
NAAP Public Relations Trustee

NAP Week is January 21 - 26, 2007.  The theme is: 25 Years of Creating Heartfelt Memories.  
Don’t forget to celebrate your role as an activity professional and to promote the profession.  
Take this time to celebrate your successes and your contribution to your residents/clients quality
of life!  NAAP offers items to purchase to give as gifts in celebration of you – the Activity
Professional.  You can order from the website or from the NAAP Office.  Let me take this
opportunity to extend a wish for a  – Happy Activity Professionals Week to each of you!  Do
something extra special that you enjoy during this week.  Activity Professionals fulfill a very
important role.  We’ve always known that, but now other staff recognizes that as well with the
rewrite of the Guidance to Surveyors for F248/F249.  Finally Activity Professionals are recognized
for their worth  – we “Create Heartfelt Memories” by providing quality of life for our residents so
that they continue to feel needed, useful, part of the community and receive daily enjoyment from
life.  We create moments to remember and give purpose and meaning to our residents/clients.  
We are blessed because we can honestly say we love our jobs and have the greatest job in the
world!  I’ve included “25 Ways to Celebrate National Activity Professionals Week”, one of NAAP’s
“Lists of 25” that they have compiled in celebration and honor of NAAP’s 25th Anniversary in
2007.  Become a NAAP member and you can have access to all of NAAP’s “lists of 25” and help
us to celebrate Activity Professionals and NAAP’s 25th Anniversary!
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