WHAT IS CAPA?
- The Colorado Activity Professionals’ Association (CAPA) is comprised of those professionals who work primarily in geriatric settings; Retirement, Assisted Living, Adult Day Programs, Senior Centers, and Long Term Nursing Facilities.
- CAPA is a regional association of Activity Professionals that draws its members from Colorado.
- In addition to practicing Activity Professionals, other members include students, volunteers, entertainers and supporters.
- A State Executive Board of officers and chapter representatives governs CAPA.
- Other members of the board include liaison and resource persons and committee chairpersons.
- Officers are elected from the chapter representatives.
- Five geographic chapters have been established throughout the state to meet the needs of all activity professionals. (Boulder, Denver, Eastern, Southern, and Western)
- Promote and support the Activity Profession through education, networking, and peer support.
- Access to local and national association resources.
- Foster a code of ethics through educational opportunities and knowledge sharing with others.
- Promote knowledge, principles & techniques designed to best meet the needs of residents.
- Help educate the public and the industry regarding the valuable role of Activity Programming.
- Provide quality of life to residents/participants.
- Our mission is to provide “quality of life” of our clients through an ongoing balance of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional activities. We encourage self-expression, self-discovery and lifelong learning. We help the activity professional accomplish this by providing educational opportunities, networking, resource exchange and individual peer support.
- Peer support through regularly scheduled chapter meetings including educational sessions.
- Discounts on workshops, NAP Day, and Annual Conference.
- Membership card, Membership listing, Access to the member’s only section of the CAPA web site.
- Membership pins after one year of active service.
- Annual CAPA Conference and other periodic workshops offering educational opportunities from statewide and nationally acclaimed professionals.
- CAPA networks with other state/national organizations.
- CAPA serves as the link to the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) and hosted the 1984 and 2000 NAAP Conferences.
1962 Initial meetings of Colorado Activity Directors
1963 First Training Course
1964 Formal origination under the name Colorado Association of Activity Directors (CAAD) Original membership is 20
1965 CAAD adopts the ankh as its emblem
1970 Chapters formed by geographic location. First were Denver Metro and Northern
1971 Southern and Western Slop e formed Conference group formed
1974 CAAD sponsored a presentation by Maggie Kuhn, leader of the Grey Panthers
1981 Organization name changed from CAAD to Colorado Activity Professionals’ Association (CAPA) 1983 Northeastern Chapter formed.
1984 CAPA Hosts the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) 2nd Conference
1985 First Annual CAP A Convention in Colorado Spring CAPA incorporates
1988 First Annual National Activity Professionals Day
1989 The first Annual NAP Day Workshop held.
1990 CAPA sponsors 9 -credit pilot program for Activity Director Training (now known as the MEPAP)
1994 CAPA celebrates its 30th Anniversary
2000 CAPA hosts the NAAP 18th Conference in Colorado Springs
2002 CAPA website goes on line
2011 CAPA celebrates their 25th Conference
2017 CAPA hosts the NAAP Annual Conference in Denver
CAPA has been and is still recognized as a leader in the industry and strong supporter of NAAP
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