About NAAP
Founded by Activity Professionals
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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
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 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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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
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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Laying the Foundation for Successful
Intergenerational Programs  
By Brenda Scott/NAAP Vice President

All activity professionals know how most elders enjoy seeing and interacting with
children.  However for the children this may be their first time experiencing being with
individuals in wheelchairs and walkers.  They may not understand that dementia causes
some individuals to answer questions inappropriately or have unusual behaviors.  It is
our responsibility to educate the group coming to the geriatric setting.  School, church,
businesses, and civic organizations need orientation before visiting any geriatric
setting. This article will provide information necessary for developing a comprehensive
yet time limited orientation. The result will assure a mutually satisfying experience for all.

You want the visitors to be well prepared.  The first thing needed is to evaluate how
much preparation and orientation does the group need.  How old are the visitors? Are
they going to be entertaining or interacting with elders one to one?  Will they be going
on the wings or staying in a common area. Will this be a one-time visit or an ongoing
relationship? What is the purpose of the visit?  Once this is all decided you will know if
you need to go to them with an orientation or simply mail information.

If you are not going to them for an orientation send ‘Guide for Visiting” to the
organization in plenty of time for distribution to the members before the visitation date.  
It is a good idea to send a map or directions as well.                         

A “guide for visiting” should include the following:

  • Who the contact will be, Activity Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, or Manager
    on Duty
  • Best times for programming and/or visits and how long.
  • Room set & up-decorating to include what audio/visual equipment is available.
  • Food-what can they bring
  • Seating at the programs
  • Staff and residents coming and going-do not stop program.
  • Parking as to not interfere with family member’s parking
  • Name tags will be provided and worn.

When  you go to them (which I highly recommend) take some tools and resources such
as a brochure with pictures, a slide show or power point presentation showing elders
can be helpful (add in a cartoon or two), a map or written directions, guideline letter, a
basic do and don’t list, things to make your visit to them fun and yet informative.  I use
an aging quiz that sparks discussion. I have divided my presentation into four

  • Preschool-4th Grade   They learn by experience-being actively involved.  
    When speaking to them get on their level-even set in their chair and ask
    questions. What are old people like? Do you have great grandparents?   Use
    sensory tools, black glasses, cotton balls in ears. Tell them about some of the
    people. This age group loves stories so read  Wilford Gordon McDonald
    Partridge or Love You Forever. You might want to use the coloring book, “A Visit
    a the Nursing Home” published by Positive Promotions. (if you are a long term
    care facility).

  • 5th grade-Junior High  This age group is testing their independence, their
    hormones are kicking in, and some will be very emotional and sensitive. Some will
    have experiences to share. Ask then “what is old?” Show them pictures of elders
    being active (either your clients or pictures from magazines).  Ask about broken
    bones and discuss what it is like to not be able to use a arm, etc). This age group
    likes to experience the sensory exploration as well. Stories are helpful and one I
    use is The Fall of Freddie the Leaf.  

  • Senior High  Many must do community service projects for Scouts, International
    Baccalaureate, National Honor Society. They may choose to do a group project—
    be ready to give them examples and suggestions, let them feel in control  and
    realize  that you need to follow-up with them,  not the teacher/sponsor   You will
    need to explain in more detail about the ageing process.. Talk about some of
    your elders to make them more interesting to the teenager, such as “we have a
    elder who worked for the CIA as a spy in WWII” or “one of our gentlemen  played
    major league baseball”, talk about the history to be learned first hand.  Again use
    the book The Fall of Freddie the Leaf and  Tuesdays with Morrie.

  • Adults  Ask about their feelings concerning elders.  Ask for personal
    experiences. Give them facts; discuss dementia and how to recognize it. The
    aging quiz is good for this age group and they will be surprised how much they
    don’t know.  Suggest books for volunteer to read.

Books and poems can add to the orientation of all these groups. Listed below is
information on those books I mentioned plus a few other that are good resources.   The
important thing to remember is the better prepared the group; the more meaningful the
visit will be for the seniors.  


  • “The Little Boy and the Old Man”  by  Shel Silverstein
  • “Minnie Remembers” by Donna Swanson
  • “Occupational Therapy” Elsie Maclay from Green Winter Celebrations of Later
  • “When I’m A Old Women” (Warning) Jenny Joseph from the book by the same
  • “If I Had My Life to Live Over” Nadine Stair from the book by the same name


  • Wilford Gordon MacDonald Partridge  by Mem Fox
  • The Fall of Freddie the Leaf  by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D
  • Sunshine Home by Eve Bunting
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • Living in the Labyrinth by Diana Friel McGowin
  • He Used to Be Somebody by B. Murphy
  • Tuesdays with Morrie  by Mitch Albom

An Education Coloring & Activities Book

  • A Visit to the Nursing Home by Sharon Weiker Abalos.   Order from: Positive
    Promotions 40-01 168th Street, Flushing, NY 11358, 1-800-635-2666 ,Item #
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