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About NAAP
Founded by Activity for Activity

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
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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Brenda Scott, ADC
NAAP Special Needs Liaison/Education Outreach

Virtually everything we do uses memory, whether we are trying to learn something new,
bake a cake or studying for a test.  Memory is involved when we are driving, recalling an
event, or running errands. Memory is very complex and many different factors such as
hearing, environment, health, and motivation are just a few things we content with.  
People differ enormously in their ability to remember or have “memory power”.   As we
age, research has proven that we can still learn.  Yes, our thinking occurs slower,
learning takes longer, and our attention is usually scattered.   Cues are needed, when
strategies are used less our self-confidence declines.    Getting older, however does
not lead to a dramatic decline in memory power.  One just needs to use their brain and
utilize some easy strategies.

Strategies for improving our memory are anything that helps us recall.  Memory is
sometimes referred to in stages: learning, retention and recall.  Strategies can be used
in all components of memory. Some strategies are very simple such as repeating a
phone number several times until you commit it to memory.  

Organization is a flexible technique and means putting things together into one group.
Words, objects, names can all be organized in different ways.  Organization is logical.
Everybody does organization to some extent.  As an example, you would not put the
canned foods in the cupboard with the dishes.  Familiarity can be an excellent way of
organizing items, deciding where to place them, and later recalling their location,
because it builds on what you already know.   Lists are the most common way to use
organization. A shopping list is a good example, list the items within the food
categories, meats together,   fruits, beverages, etc.  You forgot the list at home!   
Chances are good that you may recall your shopping list. It’s a good idea to memorize
the list as that helps keep your brain sharp. How many activity professionals keep “to
do” lists.  Many!

Association is a little tricky as it has to be meaningful to you.  If you need to pick up
bread on the way home and pick up your developed film you can say to yourself, “the
bread is wrapped in film”.  Sometimes associations are logical and make sense.   
Unusual association can aid memory.   Object locations may be remembered by
putting objects in locations that have a meaningful connection with those objects.  
Sometimes, making an association between two things requires a lot of thought. It can
even be a creative process.  The association that you generate may be ones that no
one else would ever think of. It only matters that it is meaningful connections or links for
you. If you make an effort to use the techniques repeatedly, you will begin to think of the
associations faster. Practicing association is an excellent way to keep your mind sharp
and alert.

Mental Imagery can be used for many different memory tasks. Imagery uses mental
pictures to remember.  People vary in their ability to use Imagery.  However if you are
able to master the skill it will become a very powerful memory tool.  Visual images can
be large, clear, and distinctive.   Make your images active and brightly colored.  You
could add some sensory clues to make it more vivid.  If it stands out clearly in your mind
you are more likely to recall it.  Mental imagery is excellent for remembering lists.

The most difficult memory task for most of us is recalling names and faces.  There are
many reasons why this memory activity is so difficult.  We fail to pay close attention
when people are introduced.  We often focus on what they are saying or think about
their appearance and what they are wearing (women especially have that problem!).   A
method that works well is imagery.  Identify a prominent or distinctive feature on their
face.  Finding an image that links to their name is helpful.   Example: Barbara has very
blue eyes so you might get an image of a Barbie doll with sparkling eyes.  Repeating
the person’s name a couple of times during your conversation is always helpful.

A technique formulated by Dr. Robin West, Associate Professor and Director of the
Every Day Memory Clinic, University of Florida is called “PQRST”.  This technique will
help in remembering stories or any written material.  “PQRST” stands for Preview,
Question, Read, Summarize and Test.   First,  preview  (scan) the material to decide the
main point.  Next you question, meaning asking yourself, is there only one main
character? Where does the story take place?  These questions should expand on the
main idea of the story. Step number three is read.   Read the story carefully and try to
answer your questions.  Pay attention to the central events in sequence or the different
ways that the problem is solved.  Next use summary.  The summary should not include
details, just the main points, characters, setting, issues and main event of the story.
The summary can be several sentences. Finally test yourself to see if you can recall the
details of the story.  If you are having difficulty with this final step, read the story again.  
Link the details in the story to the main idea and summary.  By the time you follow the
“PQRST” method you should have committed the story to memory.

Active Observation is a method used for remembering events or pictures.  The idea is
for you to focus your attention wholeheartedly on a scene, register the main or central
feature of the scene and any important details.  While looking at a scene or picture ask
yourself: who, what, when, where, and how do I remember?  What is the main event?  
How does it make you feel? What’s happening?  Where does the scene take place?
Finally ask yourself the most important question….how do I remember?  Whatever final
memory strategy you choose, active observation will make it easier to remember events
in detail.  The best way to practice this technique is to look at pictures.  Start with a very
basic picture (close up of a face).  Now move on to pictures with more details.  Active
observation is not just good for pictures and events.  You may want to use this
technique in your daily life. To avoid getting up to check to see if you locked the back
door, notice what you are wearing and what you were doing just before and after you
locked the door. Say to yourself, I am now locking the back door and now I can watch TV
or read. Don’t let yourself go on “autopilot” you may forget whether or not you locked the

Keeping your mind alert by using strategies to remember things will enhance your
memory. There is no end to ways to exercise your brain.  Mental stimulation on a
regular basis will improve your memory. There are many programs out there to assist
with memory, but there is a lot you can do on your own.  Do something every day to keep
your mind alert and strengthen memory. The old expression “use it or lose it” is very
true.  Some ideas are: do things differently, learn something new,  eat properly, exercise
everyday such as taking a walk, read, make lists, do one thing at a time, memorize
short stories, poems, etc. use cues to remember, play games, solve brainteasers,  
work puzzles, focus on one thing at a time, work with numbers, etc. Exercise your brain
to maximize your memory power!

Use these techniques with the residents that you serve. Take a look at your activity
calendar and determine if you need to add more mind stimulating programs.  

  • Everyday Memory Clinic Workbook, Dr. Robin West, University of Florida
  • Improving your Memory, Janet Fogler and Lynn Stern, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Ruth Flexman, PHD University of Delaware