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

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.

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
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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Recreational Music Making
Troy L. Lott, ADC
NAAP Membership Trustee

Residents in Nursing Facilities still have the want and the desire to make music.  Some
Residents may have only one hand or may not hear very well.  With this new program that
has been developed to assist Residents in any Facility they can learn how to play the piano
or other instruments.

Recreational Music Making (RMM) was developed by a piano teacher who had the vision to
see that Resident’s can still learn how to play the piano.  The class is for eight weeks and
the cost is around $11.00 a person per week (your area may be less or more) with the
instruction booklet costing $15.00 plus shipping and handling.  The program is in a very
stress free environment.  

A facility in Columbia, TN is starting their first class in July.  The Activity Director mentioned
this idea to his Residents at the June Resident Council Meeting and three Residents signed
up for this new program.  The booklet and CD if you choose to buy it are very user friendly.  
With songs like “Old McDonald”, the booklet and CD takes you through each step; which
keys to play, tempo and timing.  The facility in TN changed the name of Recreational Music
Making to “Residents Making Music”.

Here are a few quotes of people who have taken the course:

“I like that starting piano as an adult is fun and you can still learn how to play”.
“I liked the fact that I was able to play and read simple songs so quickly”.
“I liked that ‘a-ha’ moment when I could read music- also that sense of achievement when I
could play my first piece of music”.
“This became a new avenue or adventure for my brain and I want to continue”.

Please talk with your Residents to see if they may be interested in learning how to play the
piano.  Check with your local music stores or schools to see if you can find someone who
would be willing to assist your Resident’s dreams come true by learning how to play the
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