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

The National Association of Activity
Professionals recognizes the
following values:

The quality of life of the
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

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 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 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.
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.
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

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
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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information at

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application with your
payment or use our new
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N.A.E.O - National Activity Education Organization
Mae Petty, ADC
NAAP Treasurer

The National Activity Education Organization is still an inactive organization but remains in
order to accept grants or donations that are a tax write off.

In all parts of the United States you will find Activity Directors working in nursing facilities,
assisted living, and adult day cares.  Years ago most non-nursing, non-medical activity in
nursing facilities was led by volunteers and nurses or nurses’ aides when they had the spare
time.  It became evident to state and national regulatory agencies that more was needed to
stimulate and keep residents involved in life.  So activity directors became paid full-time staff
members, responsible for providing recreational, occupational, spiritual, educational and
service-oriented activities to keep nursing facility residents as alert and interested in living
as possible.  The activity program grew from a bingo game, a few crafts and a church
service once a week, to a full schedule of small groups in reality orientation and
remotivation, one-to-one activities for those not able to function in or relate to a group,
interest groups in cooking, woodwork, reading, Bible study, creative arts, physical games,
current events, resident councils, community service such as making quilts for children’s
hospital, dances, candlelight dinners, outings, and shopping.  Therefore, you begin to see
residents in a nursing facility more and more involved in group activities and not just sitting
around waiting to die.

Then there were the issues of the activity director and activity staff needing education to
meet these programming needs and to understand not just the programming but diseases,
diagnosis, and disabilities.  They needed to know how to develop motivation and leadership
techniques, gain skills in required assessment, goal-setting and evaluations of each resident
and to help with new ideas for ways to stimulate the minds of each resident.

The National Association of Activity Professionals formed in 1981 to help coordinate and
unify the efforts to provide better education and better preparation for those entering into
the activity field.  But since NAAP was a professional association, it was felt by the NAAP
Board of Trustees that there needed to be a separate entity devoted exclusively to providing
opportunities for continuing education on a unified national basis and to promote college
courses and degrees in activities.  Thus, the National Activity Education Organization
(NAEO) was formed in 1985.   This history is based on information from the start up of

The purpose of the Society was to provide educational workshops for Activity Professionals
and lay persons who worked to enhance the quality of life in residential settings for elders
and in senior centers and adult day care programs; to develop guidelines for basic activity
staff orientation and continuing education opportunities; and to make available information
on educational and programming resources that are pertinent to the work of activity
professionals.  N.A.E.O was established as a 501c(3) tax-exempt entity.  

N.A.E.O. shall solicit, secure and disburse grants, donations and other contributions for
such activities as curriculum development; continuing education workshops and seminars;
research program in the field of elderly health care and activities; literature reviews and
bibliographies; studies, reports, etc.   N.A.E.O. many contract with NAAP to carry out
educational and professional development activities it many commission.  NAAP Central
Office has the authority to carry out contractual agreements between NAAP and NAEO.  The
NAAP Treasurer is responsible for overseeing contractual agreements between NAAP and
NAEO.  The N.A.E.O. meets after the Mid-year Board meeting.

The N.A.E.O Bylaws were ratified August 23, 1985 and new proposed amendments were
made in 2005 due to N.A.E.O. becoming an inactive status.  These amendments can be
changed again if the N.A.E.O. is brought back into active status. We need to keep an
organization with that tax status, so we can accept grants or donations that need a tax write

The only scholarship is the Madge Schweinsberg Fund (funded by original memorial
donations, now by NAAP and NCCAP at $500 each annually).  Two $500 scholarships are
given to attend the annual NAAP Conference.  Persons applying for the scholarship do so
by submitting the request on the appropriate form by February 15 of each year.  The
Finance Committee reviews the submissions and makes the decision on the recipient of the
scholarship.  Criteria for applying are:  (a) be a NAAP member (b) be NCCAP certified (c)
attend the annual convention (d)  show financial needs.   The award is given at the NAAP
Conference and remains confidential.   

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation for tax purposes, please contact