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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
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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Amy K. Laughlin, BA, ADC, CDP

The New Year is once again upon us and so many people make
“resolutions” around this time of year to quit a certain habit or change their
lifestyle in some way. But what if you could really change something to help
to improve both your personal and professional lives? All Activity
Professionals have certain things in common: generally we all love to serve
senior adults and strive to improve their quality of life and we are all so
unbelievably busy trying to do this that work days fly by, weeks quickly turn
into months and before you know it, the holiday season is again just around
the corner! This New Year I challenge you to set yourself a goal to be more
organized in the way you work and plan your time. Your clients will thank
you, as will your family and your friends when they see you are less
stressed and have more time available to devote to them. I’ve discovered
that the only way I can be punctual for meetings, start activities on time and
be prepared for every eventuality at my community is to be obsessively
organized so here are my top five planning and time management tips.

(1) Get rid of the sticky notes, message pads and scrap paper. My desk
used to be covered with colored pieces of paper with to-dos, reminders,
phone numbers and shopping lists. But sticky notes get lost, fall in the trash
can, get stuck to a piece of paper you filed etc. Creative Forecasting gave
me this solution: get one spiral bound notebook and put EVERYTHING in it!
Date every page, use highlighters or colored pens to make certain things
stand out and write everything in one place. I take mine home every night
and take it to every meeting and every activity. I usually use one page per
day: one side for lists of “things to do” and the other side for messages,
notes from meetings, etc. I use the yellow highlighter for things I must do
today, green for personal things to do or calls to make and pink for
something I need to do for or with a resident. When I’ve done everything
from one page, transferred phone numbers and email addresses to my
rolodex or Outlook, I tear the page out and throw it away. No more lost lists
or reminders you forgot!

(2) Shop for at least 2 weeks at a time. How often do you run out at the last
minute because you forgot something for an activity? At the beginning of
every month I spend several hours running around town to Sam’s Club,
dollar stores, craft stores and other places getting the supplies I need for
the month. I plan this time when I make my activity calendar for the following
month and write a detailed shopping list (in my spiral notebook!). I still
occasionally have to go out and get some fresh food or other items before
an activity but generally shopping for everything at once is a real time saver.

(3) Use a time block.* My day is planned out in 1 hour blocks of time and
into each time slot I designate a task, a meeting, an activity, a list of phone
calls, certain residents to visit, etc. I’ve found the time block especially helps
if I have a task I don’t want to do: I’m much more likely to put the task off if it
is just on a to-do list but if I’m scheduled to do it at 3:00pm, I’m going to do

(4) Put your volunteers to use. I know recruiting and retaining volunteers is
a challenge but I’ve found that volunteers are much more likely to stay
committed if you USE THEM. I have volunteers who type my activity
calendar, create and change my bulletin board flyers, make coupons for
bingo, run errands, tidy closets, decorate for holidays and seasons and
help with filing. This frees me up to spend more time with residents and
fulfilling my other professional commitments – charting, preparing for
meetings, communicating with family members, fundraising, etc.

(5) Plan ahead for the year. Don’t realize at the end of April that it’s almost
National Nursing Home Week and you haven’t decided on a theme yet! Be
realistic – if you don’t have the staff or the resources to pull off your grand
idea successfully, don’t do it. Plan several large events for the year and put
them on your calendar early. This way you can recruit extra help from
families, buy supplies over several months to stretch your budget, market
the event successfully (remember activities are wonderful PR tools) and
give your residents something to look forward to.

Good Luck getting organized. I’d love to hear if anyone who has other time
saving or planning tips – email me at

*I bought my inexpensive day planner for this year from Wal-Mart and it has
both a monthly calendar at the beginning of each month (for forward
planning) and a page with a time block for each day. All I need is this
planner, a spiral notebook and some highlighters and I’m all set!