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
The quality of life of the
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
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 voice...
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
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
|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.
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Residents who have extended family visiting regularly experience inter-generational
activities naturally. Resident’s lives are enriched by interaction with younger populations.
Everyone benefits with intergenerational events. The Resident gets the chance to observe
and enjoy younger children, teenagers, and young adults. The child learns about aging and
to feel comfortable with elders. How do you get the community to become involved?
One program that works well is a “Mom and Me” type activity. Invite neighbors with small
children to come let the kids play. Try this in the morning and serve juice and other healthy
treats for the kids; coffee and Danish for the moms. Place the residents in a large circle and
let the kids play in the middle. Be sure to provide appropriate items for play.
Preschool like to bring little ones to facilities to perform the songs they have learned.
Nothing brings a smile on the resident’s face like children singing. You might also invite them
to come and join the residents for some entertainment such as a children’s’ play, a magic
show, puppets, parties.
Dance and music studios need a place to hold their spring and winter recitals. This really is
a win-win situation. The residents get to see the kids entertain; the facility gets the added
public exposure. The studio has a free place to hold the recital. Offer cookies and punch
afterward for the children and provide time for the students to mingle among the residents.
Don’t overlook the school choirs and bands, December and May are good months for these
activities. Call the school and speak to the music department for scheduling these
performances well in advance as they need to get their transportation request in early.
Work with your local elementary school and encourage them to bring children who need
help with reading. The children bring books to read to the residents and they all love it.
The students are proud and learn social skills while the residents have a feeling of helping,
giving them a sense of value.
There is the “adopt a grandparent” program. These can be on going for an entire school
year. In this activity you assign two or three students with one resident. They visit the facility
on a regular basis and interact with the same people. It is best to meet with the teachers
before the school year begins to plan the visits. Experience has proven that having
something planned makes the visits much easier. The students have a list of open ended
questions to ask the resident. At the end of the program the students write a story about
Be sure to prepare all children and youth before coming to the facility. Provide information
necessary for developing a comprehensive yet time limited facility/resident orientation. Talk
about what it is like to “be old”. Mention the use of wheel chairs and walkers, etc. Prepare
them for the possibility of a death. A good book for this is The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by
Leo Buscaglia, PhD.
Most high schools now have “community service” requirements for seniors. You can work
with the individual student or with a specific club or organization. Individual students can be
scheduled to help with special events and visiting one to one. National Honor Society,
Student Council, Key Club, etc, are all in need of “community service” hours before
graduation. High school kids love to host a “prom” type dance. Let them do the decorating
and choose the “king and queen”. This activity is good for a press release to papers, radio
and TV stations.
These students also need to be prepared for working with the seniors. Encourage this age
group to read Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom to learn what the aging process is like.
Many lifelong friendships have been formed between residents and teen volunteers. Don’t
forget the church groups, scouts, and home schooled children. Spend some time each week
making phone calls to schools and organizations offering your facility for meeting, recitals,
Make a list of all the schools and a list of program and volunteer opportunities. Look at your
calendar for opportunities for intergenerational programming. Be creative! You might want
to spend a day visiting the schools and speak with the appropriate counselors. Take facility
brochures and copies of your list of opportunities. Make it clear from the start of discussion
what guidelines they must follow when visiting the facility. A sheet of guidelines might include
such things as parking, contact person, best times for visiting, seating, (always have a
specific area for the parents, allowing the residents to set up front), decorating criteria, food,
name tags, and dress code.
With a little bit of planning and preparation you will soon have plenty of intergenerational
programming for your residents. Make sure that each month your calendar provides for kids
of all ages visiting the facility. - END