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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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Susan Rauch, BA, ACC
NAAP Professional Development

Blue Star Service Banners have long been a part of our country’s wartime history.  
Sometimes called Blue Star Flags, these flags have hung in the windows of family’s of
service men and women since World War One.  

The stars are placed on a white background with a red border.  When a family member
has more then one person in the armed services, the stars are put one below the next
on the banner.  If a soldier dies in action, the blue star is replaced with a gold star.

Resident’s of today’s long term care facilities remember these flags well and will bring
about many heartfelt memories.  Activity Professionals can make Blue Star Banners a
regular activity on their monthly calendar and it can be adapted for all types of care

We have a large Navy presence within our community and two Activity staff members
have son’s serving in the military.  By making Blue Star Banners, we found it to be a
good way for our residents to stay involved in the community.  In our skilled nursing
facility, we have made Blue Star Banners very simply using materials easily found on
hand in our craft closet.  We began with red felt measuring 9 x 16 with a piece white felt
glued on top that measure’s 5 x 12.  A blue star is painted on the center of the white felt
and another banner with a gold star is painted as well.   White yarn is attached to the
top by stapling for hanging the flag.  (Even the staples were colored red to match the
background felt)  Information about the Blue Star Banner is written and attached to the
back along with a card signed from the resident’s who made them.  The Banners were
first offered to our residents, staff, volunteers and family members with loved ones in
the military.  Then, the Banners are delivered to the local military recruiting office or
base.   Your facility can make them fancier if you have a budget that allows for it or can
get other materials donated.  Make sure that your residents are involved with the
planning, preparing and completion phases of the project.  You can use
cotton/polyester blends for the flag and add a dowel for hanging.  Give the measuring
and cutting job to residents who find that enjoyable.  Another resident may like painting
the stars while others may like gluing the banner together.  Encourage your residents to
share stories of their experience with the Banners.  Here are some questions to get the
conversation started while keeping in mind that not all memories are happy:  

1.        Did you ever make a Blue Star Banner?  
2.        Did you hang one in your home?  Where did you hang it?
3.        Did you know anyone who hung them in their windows?  
4.        Did you/do you have family members in the military?
5.        What did you make your Banner from?
6.        What does the Blue Star Banner mean to you?
7.        How do you feel about making a Banner today?

Encourage the local newspaper and media to come and write a story about the group
making the Banners.  Invite them to photograph the resident’s (with the resident’s
permission of course) when the Banner’s are delivered.  

As Activity Professionals know, it is the process that is often times more important than
the end result.  It may take your residents several weeks to complete all of the steps in
making your Blue Star Banners.  It may take an Assisted Living or Retirement
community one hour.  However long it takes, this activity will provide residents with a
sense of accomplishment and a sense of community involvement that will be felt very