Wednesday, December 23, 2015

We should......

We should live everyday like it is a holiday being thankful and spending time with family and friends
looking hopefully to the future.
Merry Christmas

Sunday, November 22, 2015



Jodi Ingstad,  Activity Director at Griggs County Care Center, of Cooperstown, has recently received her certificate for completing the Modular Education Program For Activity Professionals Second Edition Home Study (MEPAP) Part 1. This course was state approved.   Her instructor was Jane Anderson.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Thursday, October 1, 2015



How to Order Greetings From the White House

I used to order 3 months in advance for greetings from the President-They feel so special when they receive a card from the White House.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NCCAP Position Statement-Please Read

A position statement which outlines suggested changes to the Federal rule for skilled nursing facilities has been sent to CMS from the NCCAP office.  You may read the entire statement on the NCCAP web site.

Here is the website to make comment-  Please refer to CMS-3260-P
THE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 14, I am writing my comment now!

NCCAP has suggested specific additions to F-249 which outlines recommended credentials for a qualified professional.
These suggestions are additions and not mandates or exclusions. 
NCCAP is advocating for the 7,100 NCCAP certified individuals world wide.

The following information  was sent in a previous email regarding the proposed revisions:

     The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has  published its proposed revisions to the current regulations  for nursing homes participating in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. This proposed rule is available to view at the Federal Register website. Activity professionals, state/local activity associations along with other healthcare professionals,  will be able to submit formal comments on the rule from now until September 14th, 2015 through the Federal Register site. 
     CMS first announced  in 2012 that it would be revising the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes in the future.  NCCAP and other agencies as well as other interested parties submitted recommendations to the agency on ways the current rules could be updated and strengthened.

 For your convenience – here is the section discussing the qualifications of the activity professional:
”We received stakeholder input on the requirements for the director of a facility activities program and considered, but did not modify the requirements for the director of the activities program. However, we are soliciting comments on the current requirements to determine if they remain appropriate and, if not, what the evidence is for changing the current requirements for this position and what stakeholders would recommend as minimum requirements for this position.”
     The Requirements of Participation set critical standards for the quality of life and quality of care for nursing home residents. It is imperative that CMS receive feedback from NCCAP certified activity professionals like yourselves on the proposed revisions to ensure that any changes to the existing regulations would benefit and strengthen the profession.

ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-3260-P.
You may submit comments
1. Electronically.
     ~You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to Follow the "Submit a comment" instructions.
2. By regular mail.
     ~You may mail written comments to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3260-P, P.O. Box 8010, Baltimore, MD 21244. Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period.

 3. By express or overnight mail.
     ~You may send written comments to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3260-P, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Activity Professionals, take a look at Jane E. Anderson’s NCCAP approved  program based on my book!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Good Afternoon--
I am developing CEUS (Continuing Education) entitled "Activity Consulting", these will be ready for review shortly.  Before I submit these CEUS to NCCAP I need 3 reviewers. Once I get the CEUS okayed, you will be getting the CEUS hours free of charge.  If interested, please email me at
Thank you, Jane

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


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Check it out and please follow me!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Proposed Regulations

Proposed Revisions to the Federal Nursing Home Regulations Now Published & Available for Comment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially published its proposed revisions to the current regulations (also known as the Requirements of Participation) for nursing homes participating in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. Interested individuals, groups and organizations will be able to submit formal comments on the rule from now until September 14th, 2015 through the Federal Register site. 
Proposed Regulations

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Ashley Hoffman, Fitness and Wellness Supervisor at The Heritage at Lowman of White Rock, South has recently received her certificate for completing the Modular Education Program For Activity Professionals Second Edition Home Study (MEPAP). Her instructor was Jane Anderson.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Credentialing, standards to be new assisted living focus, ALFA exec says The Assisted Living Federation of America has unveiled plans to implement credentialing and new standards, as well as a six-month "listening tour" nationwide, as part of its Senior Living 2025 campaign.


Read the full article here:

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Friday, May 1, 2015

National Nursing Home Week

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But, check out my Volunteer section by clicking on the link below!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015





National Certification Council
for Activity Professionals
April 2015
News Bits

Registration open for 2015 Symposium
Celebrate with Audrey!
Board Update
NCCAP Chat Update
Living Survey
Social Media
NCCAP Contacts
Check it out!

 Still Time to Register for 2015 Symposium!
~Would you like to gain 19 continuing education hours presented by experienced and qualified trainers?
~Would you like to meet with activity 
professionals from all over the world?
~Would you like to attend the annual NCCAP Buisness meeting?
~Would you like to network with your peers at a reception as well as during breakfast, lunch and daily hospitality hours?
Well - the 2015 NCCAP symposium is for you!
There is still time to pre-register before May 15th. If you register after May 15th - an $85 processing fee is added to the fee - so don't delay - register today!
ATTENTION: The discounted room rate ends May 4th -so remember to make your room reservations now or you will pay the full rate. Hotel information is on the Symposium brochure.
You can download the Symposium brochure from the NCCAP site.
Mark the date!
June 4-6, 2015
Embassy Suites  - Cary, North Carolina
There are scholarships you can apply for on the NCCAP site.
Feel free to use the NCCAP Facebook page as a place to possibly share travel and room arrangements. 
There is much to do in the "Triangle" as it is called -
Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC
 Check out the Raleigh Pinterest Board for more info as well.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Celebrate with Audrey!
Anyone who has called the NCCAP office has most likely spoken to Audrey on occassion.  You would remember speaking to Audrey as she is the nicest person you'll ever meet, even if it is only by telephone.  This year is a big year for Audrey - she has a special birthday in April and will also be celebrating her 20th year working in the NCCAP office. 
     We are inviting all of membership to send special greetings to Audrey!  She loves getting mail and would be so pleased to receive cards from the people she has served this many years. 
You can mail your greetings to :
Audrey Stowers
PO Box 62589
Virginia Beach, VA 23466 
NCCAP Executive Board Update
     ~The NCCAP Board is working steadily on preparations for the 2015 Symposium.  There will be a number of vendors sharing books and materials for the activity professionals, a silent auction with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund and a few surprises along the way.  Our goal is to not only offer excellent educational opportunities but a positive experience for activity professionals to meet and celebrate the value of our service. 
     ~The Annual Board meeting is also a part of the NCCAP Symposium and it will be recorded and posted on You Tube for those who cannot attend.  The Executive Director, President and Treasurer's annual reports are included in the Spring Issue of NCCAP News.  The Board reports will also be posted on the NCCAP site in the near future.
     ~ If you have any questions or suggestions for the board, feel free to contact Debbie Hommel, President.  
Weekly Chats Continue through May
The weekly chat season will be taking a summer break at the end May.  The year has been a great success with interesting sessions and a beautiful, new chat room.    We will continue to offer weekly chats on Wednesday evenings at 8 PM EST through May 20th. 
The chats are open to everyone and you may participate with the intent to gain an hour or just participate for added knowledge.  If you are planning to submit for an approved continuing education hour, you must attend the entire chat, complete the chat form and submit to NCCAP with a ten dollar fee.  The chat schedule is as follows:
April  22nd    Michelle Olsen: Nature and Creativity in Daily Practice
April 29th   Sue Orce-Interviews: How and to What Benefit?
May 6th    Murv Delpino- How Senior Organizations Impact your role as an Activity Professional
May 13th    Nancy Richards-AAA-Adaptations that Make Activities Achievable.
May 20th   last chat-Sulekha Zaug-TBA
Linda Redhead, Special Projects Chairperson, is recruiting chat presenters for the 2015-16 season.  If you would like to be a chat presenter, you need to submit a topic, learning objectives and a brief summary of your proposed topic.  Once approved and you present/lead your chat, you would receive a two hour continuing education credit.  If interested, please contact Linda Redhead.
NCCAP News - Spring Issue Available
The Spring issue of the NCCAP News is attached to this email or can be found on the NCCAP site. There is much helpful information in this issue - including the Executive Director, President and Treasurer's annual reports.  There is an article about getting to know Jane Anderson, NCCAP's journey into the social media world as well as an informative article on resident abuse.  Check it out today!  If you are interesting in submitting an article for the newsletter, please contact
Independent Living Staff Survey
The STEP for LIFE project seeks to establish the feasibility of creating a physical activity program for senior adults residing in Independent Living Facilities (ILF) using interactive web-enabled television. It is asking for the assistance of ILF Directors, Administrators, and Activity Coordinators to take a 10-minute survey to help better understand how physical activity is adopted in ILFs, the factors influencing administrators in decision-making for exercise promotion, current programming efforts, interest and attendance by residents, tools that would assist with programs, and how this delivery option could meet resident and organizational needs. Survey participants will receive a $30 Amazon credit for their time. If you are an ILF Director, Administrator, or Activity Coordinator (or professional equivalent) and are interested in participating, please follow this survey link:
Executive Director Travels
Cindy Bradshaw, NCCAP Executive Director, has started a blog on the new NCCAP site.  The blog is in it's initial stages but will be a place where Cindy will document her travels, her adventures and writes about her experiences which have led her to where she is today.
Social Media with NCCAP - What's New?
NCCAP now has a LinkedIn page.  LinkedIn is an international business social networking site.  Our page will focus on sharing pertinent information for the activity professional as well as allied health care professional working within the long term care continuum.  If you  are on LinkedIn - join our page and be part of our LinkedIn comunity.  
The NCCAP Pinterest Boards continue to grow and we now have well over 500 followers!  Some new boards have been added this month - including a board dedicated to gardening ideas. In case your residents/clients just can't get enough of Bingo - check out the page devoted to Bingo cards.  There are over 100 postings of theme based bingo cards which can be printed out and used for various holidays and special populations.  Visit the NCCAP Pinterest board today and thank you Kathy Hughes who is a Pinning Master!!!
NCCAP   PO Box 62589
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Cindy Bradshaw, NCCAP Executive Director, has started a blog on the new NCCAP site.  The blog is in it's initial stages but will be a place where Cindy will document her travels, her adventures and writes about the experiences that she has had which have led her to where she is today.



Thursday, April 9, 2015

20 Years of Service to NCCAP

Many of you have probably called the NCCAP (National Certification Council for Activity Professionals) to get answers for certification.  Audrey has been answering these questions for 20 years.
At the end of April there is going to be a birthday celebration and a 20 year celebration.  So, could you send her a card--how many cards can us activity professionals send her!!!!
Mine is on the way!!!!
Audrey Stowers
PO Box 62589
Virginia Beach, VA  23466-2589

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Congratulations!  Way to go!

Jennifer Wolfgang,  Mountrail Home of Stanley ND has recently received her certificate for completing the Modular Education Program For Activity Professionals Second Edition Home Study Part 1 (MEPAP). Her instructor was Jane Anderson.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015



 Nellie Rivera,  Westminster Village of Scottsdale AZ has recently received her certificate for completing the Modular Education Program For Activity Professionals Second Edition Home Study Part 1 (MEPAP). Her instructor was Jane Anderson.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Looking for a 30 pin adapter/HDMI cord for a Galaxy Tab 2 tablet.   It is a EPL 3phpbegxar.  Private message if you have one.  Thanks, Jane

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Still Alice Early Onset Alzheimer's

“Still Alice”   Early Onset Alzheimer’s
Recently ALFA is touting "Still Alice" the movie.  Did you know that you could read the book and obtain Ce’s for this awesome read!

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is in the spotlight with the new movie “Still Alice.” The film is raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, although in the movie actress Julianne Moore plays a 50-year-old linguistics professor who experiences early-onset familial Alzheimer’s, which is thought to account for just a small fraction of the disease.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


 Congratulations! Kelly Scannell Brewer of Providence Anchorage Long Term Care Services , Anchorage Alaska  recently passed her national exam. One step closer to her ADC and her next step is ACC. Her instructor was Jane Anderson.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Happy National Activity Professionals Week Making Moments Count is this year's theme for National Activity Professionals Week which runs from January 18th through 24th. NCCAP is sponsoring a week of complimentary chats during our week. The chats will be held each evening at 8 PM EST. The topics are as follows: 1/18-Sunday- Kathy Hughes-Sensory Programs 1/19-Monday- Cindy Bradshaw- Streamlining NCCAP applications/processes 1/20-Tuesday-Debbie Hommel-The ABC’s of Understanding the Cause of Dementia Driven Behaviors 1/21-Wednesday- Murv Delpino- Activity Supplies on a Dime- Resources that can help stretch your Department budget Dollars ! 1/22-Thursday-Sulekha Zaug-Personality Conflicts-Tips for Managing Behaviors During Activities 1/23-Friday- Sherry Barzak-Strategies for Dealing with Mental Illness as a 1:1 1/24 -Saturday-Ruth Roach Martanis-Keeping Your Patients Motivated in Rehab with Activities 1/25- Sunday-Kathy Hughes-Themed Events Chat room link: You also need this: NCCAP chat form submit for the credit.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Week 2 2015 Happy Activity Professionals Week

This is your week! National Activity Professionals Week: January 18-23, 2015 Theme: Activity Professionals: One of the Team – One in a Million The most important part of this day is acknowledging your staff and Yourself--- Always remember that the National Activity Professionals week is the fourth week in January every year. Resource: How will you be involved in this special week?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Week 1 2015 Quote

Awesome quote--- "Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one." Brad Paisley