Living a healthy lifestyle includes knowing, selecting and eating the right foods. As Recreation/Activity Professionals, we need to be “in the know” about residents’ dietary needs and preferences. Anthony Vicari, NAAP Vice President, offers an article that reminds us about the importance and necessary connection between our residents’ dietary assessments and activity programming.
In the next few months I am going to be publishing a series I would like to refer to as: The Fight for Survival. Each month is going to cover a distinct primitive instinct that remains within us as we age and explain some of the otherwise unexplainable. As Activity Professionals you are continually faced […]
In 1998 I was introduced to the National Association of Activity Professionals when I attended an annual conference in San Diego, CA. I had worked in activities since 1985 at this point in my career. I was very lucky to work with an organization that supported quality of life and encouraged continuing education opportunities for […]
Spontaneity is a practice of the culture change movement. It predominately comes from the Eden Alternative®, an excellent model of changed culture that follows ten principles. I highly recommend nursing and assisted living homes to become a registered Eden Alternative® home as it then propels your community into changing culture. It gives you guidance, support […]
Over 30 years ago, I attended a district meeting. I learned so much from my fellow activity professionals and I could not seem to learn enough. I began my journey as an Activity Professional quite by mistake. I had no formal clinical training and honestly, not a sole in the building I worked in really […]
A leader in the culture change movement administrator Eric Haider in Missouri told his teams he wanted to see something spontaneous take place every day on each neighborhood (moving away from the hospital term unit). Wow. What a brilliant man. We’ve learned that sometimes it pays to make a good mandate. Because of it wonderful […]
So I may be a little picky about how people interact with each other, but the reality is: that it is my specialty and If I were not able to observe the hidden communication methods of others, I would not be able to craft new ideas on better communication for all. So with that being […]