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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

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 USD
  • Associate Membership = $65 USD
  • International Membership (outside
    US) = $65 USD
  • Student Membership = $55 USD
  • Supportive Membership = $99 USD

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phone (865) 429-0717        
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Special Event Ideas
Troy L. Lott, ACC

The Activity Professional is the one we look to for assisting or organizing with special
events through out the year at each of our facilities.  Here are a few ideas for springtime
events such as April Fools Day, Cinco de Mayo and other holidays that normally may not
be celebrated.

My facility loves to have socials/parties and the residents love to assist with decorating
for the different parties we offer.  During our April fool’s Party, we use all of the leftover
supplies from every party/social that we have held through out the year.  At times we
have had different costumes worn, which make the Residents laugh and smile while
having their picture taken.    

For example we use cups from Thanksgiving, plates from Christmas, napkins form
Easter and so on.  We use different table coverings.  We all have left over decorations
so why not use them up with a fun party.  The foods that we offer all have funny names
like: Earthworm Cake and Mud Punch.  It is a day for joking so get in to and have a great

During our Cinco de Mayo Party we used bright yellow and red table coverings along
with bright green plates, spoons, knives and forks.  We have Mexican music playing in
the background and Piñata’s hanging form the ceiling, which the residents hit at them
until they open.  Everyone dresses up and the residents have even made Poncho’s for
themselves.  I have a costume of a Rumba King that is worn and the residents like it
when dancing begins.  Your residents are still living let them live it up in your facilities.    

It is always good to celebrate community celebrations.  In Columbia, TN we celebrate
“Mule Day” the first weekend in April.  Thousands of people attend this event and our
facility participates with events both in and out of the facility.  We enter a float in the Mule
Day Parade, which the residents to ride and two are honored as “Mule Queen and Mule
King”.  Inside events range from Mule Races to Barrel Racing.  Most of our residents
participated with this event even before they started living in our facility.  This event is
part of Culture Change as it is one way to ensure that they are still doing what they want
to do.  

Easter is a special social.  Many of our Residents went to early Easter services when
living at home so why not now.  Have Easter Bonnets and a Parade, have family to
attend your church services at you facility.  Egg hunts are a great way for staff, family
members and residents to enjoy this day as well.  Assist your residents with dying
Easter eggs and or filling them with candy for the hunt.  This year the residents put in
little sayings in the eggs that they gave to the staff for doing something extra special.  
The sayings may have been “Thank You”, “You are Special”, “You get a Hug today”.  
This is a great way for the staff to know that they are appreciated and the residents
enjoy doing it.  Our Chaplain will host a Sunrise Breakfast for our residents next year on

I am sure many of you do things like this, but I do hope that I may have assisted you in
coming up with some other ideas that are more outside of the box.  

Your residents enjoy life and laughter, and the socialization of parties/socials.  Let’s
make their lives full of special events as much as possible.