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About NAAP
Founded by Activity
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

The quality of life of the
served is the primary reason for our

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

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

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
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 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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Turn a Food Related Event
Into More Than Just a
Social Activity
Debbie Bouknight, ACC, NAAP Public Relations Trustee

I believe I can honestly say that all of those we serve, no matter the facility type, enjoy
food. That’s just a guess on my part, but I think I am right! What if we combine a food
related activity with some trivia or other activity, so it turns into something educational or
intellectual, and not just another social activity? I am going to give you one suggestion,
because of space limitations, and then you can use your imagination and creative
talents to come up with more on your own. The possibilities are endless!

What about “Going Bananas”? There are numerous facts about the nutritional value of
bananas that you can find online or in resource books. That is where you want to start.
Compile your list of facts first, as this is how you will want to start your activity. You can
also find pictures of bananas as they are growing, to show as you make your
presentation. You may even have access to a plant to show. Of course, you want to have
some bananas available to display and if possible, different varieties.  After you talk
about the facts on the bananas, nutritional values, etc., ask for different ways bananas
can be used in cooking and ask for any old recipes ideas your clients/residents may
have. You can turn this into a great discussion group. You might even be able to find
some good recipes to discuss, or poems that include bananas. Once you have
presented the facts, discussed, etc., it’s time for tasting.

There are several ideas I can give you, or you may come up with your own. You can
have the different varieties of bananas available, and allow everyone to taste some of
each, including fried plantains and even baby food! Or, have banana pudding already
made up, for everyone to enjoy as a treat. And if they are able, do as I did and allow
each person to make their own banana puddings. For this, you will give each person a
styro/paper bowl and spoon, an individual vanilla pudding pack (sugar free is available),
1/3 of a banana, a few vanilla wafers, and a plastic knife. I let each one who is able,
peel and cut up their banana, they then mix it with the pudding and then crumble and
add the wafers. You can adapt as needed. If the cookies are too hard for their diet, just
leave those out. This is a great way for them to actually participate in a small cooking
type activity and turns it into so much more than a social event.

You can take this same idea, and apply it to numerous foods. Turn it into trivia,
education, or whatever you can think of to make it more than just a snack or social
activity. Have taste testing parties! Pick foods of a certain color and expound on those
(the benefits, recipes, stories and poems, trivia about them you can find online) and
then allow them to taste food of that color, or make an item using a food of that color.
Put your thinking caps on and surprise yourselves with the results!