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IGSOAP...International Geriatric Society of Activity  Professionals 


This section is an offer as a suggested guideline for acceptable standards and practices for anyone seeking International Recognition for Geriatric Activity Professional Practices as these standards and practices are used in the USA and various countries seeking to set up professional guidelines for quality of life, person-center care and known positive outcomes for this specialized population as studied and practiced. 


 We will review your CEUs, previous education, work experiences, and credentials to provide you with guidance in your career growth in the Geriatric Activity Professional Field and provide you with certification if you meet the standards listed below. Minimal fees will be charged for this standardization review. This is an effort to create and establish a baseline for professionalism and good care internationally in the Geriatric Activity Professional Field...




Our purpose is to provide a network where Activity Professionals and Dementia Professionals can share concerns or trends and help each other, either in person or electronically. Each month we will post a feature concern submitted by our profession, and share results or solutions as other Activity Professionals and Dementia Practitioners have experienced or resolved...

We publish a newsletter...cover such topics as job openings/positions.  We post-training and certification classes for state and national certification in Activities and Dementia Training.





Always our objective is to help and make each other better. 


We are pleased to announce our association has been invited to participate in an expansion from a local association to a global scope.  The objective will be to define and establish a standard of practice for an International Geriatric Society Activity Professional. This will serve to establish ethical and a standard of education and practices for all individuals who serve the older populations. Providing guidelines and standards, for working with dementia, cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual issues to create the quality of life for all people they serve. It is a global and human issue, we are proud to be a part of.  Please watch for the changes and additions you will see on this website.  As we will introduce you to the International Geriatric Society of Activity Professional Association, www.igsoap.org, comments, input, and thoughts are most welcome and important to us.  We hope to better serve you and the wide scope of people that our profession serves. 


Check back here regularly to find out what's going on and how this new professional assoication can widen your scope of practice and you career growth.

IGSOAP INTRODucing our Misssion Statement, purpose, Ethical and standards of Practice and Membership Levels  Plus Up-coming Resource page....

IGSOAP is a non-profit professional association for the



Our mission is to recognize the importance of the Geriatric Activity Professional scope of practice and to increase awareness of the quality of services that provide positive outcomes for the people we serve.  To establish and promote eligibility standards and practices that Geriatric Activity Professionals can provide to individuals, families, and the communities that serve the older adult to promote positive cognitional, physical, and spiritual/social outcomes as their life transitions over time. An emphasis on activity aging and maintaining skills and levels that they can function at with safety and independence.


Since these issues of physical changes, cognitional changes, and social restructuring are neither limited by geographical borders nor by financial status but rather a human condition our purpose is to share information, best practices regarding these conditions with all peoples internationally. To protect and provide positive outcomes and results that establish a high standard, ethical implementation, and current known of best practices and resources that can be used by all Geriatric Activity Professionals.


Code of Ethics and Standards

1) IGSOAP members provide services with respect and dignity to all geriatric and dementia clients.  Recognizes the population they serve with individuality. 

2) IGSOAP members participate in ongoing education and stay current with active aging and dementia issues. Members keep up their required educational and professional competencies in the activity/dementia professions. Members will maintain networking with other health care professionals, attend dementia and Alzheimer's seminars, conventions, support groups, and ethic committees.

3) IGSOAP members will report any acts that are illegal or unethical to protective authorities or agencies to safeguard the populations they serve and assume absolute responsibility for their actions.

4) IGSOAP members work to implement innovative ideas that provide positive and safe care settings that help dementia/geriatric individuals to continue active aging and help to maintain skills levels to function with assistance or as independently as possible, to establish concepts of self-worth/value and quality of life.

5) IGSOAP members will respect individual customs, religious beliefs and philosophies truthfully and avoid misleading and false information.

6)  IGSOAP members will not use the International Geriatric Society of Activity Professionals on any brochures, advertising materials without the express permission of this organization and in no way benefit directly or indirectly at the expense of the International Geriatric Society of Activity Professionals. 

7) IGSOAP members understand that its certifications and rank levels with IGSOAP do not in any way confer upon the member any type of licensure as a health care provider.  


ABOUT IGSOAP Our Purpose/ intent

International Geriatric Society of Activity Professionals was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia and geriatric issues in the Activity Professional Field. Providing information in methods of Active Aging and Cognitive Changes that affect the individual's life as healthcare changes impact their abilities family relationships and community involvement. As these factors continue to increase globally, IGSOAP hopes to provide a resource for continuous and current educational information for caregivers, front-line staff, healthcare professionals, and family members. A well-trained Activity Professional can provide appropriate, competent, and sensitive direct care and support systems to enhance the understanding of the aging process through the benefits of Active Aging, Positive Outcomes, Quality of Life, and Person-centered Care methods.


IGSOAP was formed to promote standards of excellence in the Activity Professional Field and provide a scope of practice that benefits this dementia/geriatric individual in positive and protective ways to insure that compassionate and educated care is provided to this most vulnerable population. 

Membership and Rank Acknowledgement

Our primary purpose and benefit to anyone seeking membership and rank acknowledgment in IGSOAP are to provide a space where resources for education and information are provided.  We will assemble and update resources for educational opportunities, workshops, and seminars for Continuing Education Units to provide high standards for the professional growth and acknowledge of  Geriatric Activity Professionals.


Providing Measurable Standards by:

1) A reference page for these educational resources will be listed and updated to help you grow and increase your professional status and rank. 

2) A standard of measuring excellence in educational and work requirements to define this level of professionalism

3) A standard of continuing education documented by a renewal requirement to maintain a level of professionalism. 


Offering Level of Professionalism in: 

 Geriatric Activity Professional-IGAP/C


RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS:  Once your rank of ICAP-C is obtained, members at this rank should renew their credentialing every 2 years to remain in good standing.


  Renewal applications must include 8 hours of continuing education over the 2 year period and proof of attendance information noted on their CEU letter or certification of completion certificate.


Processing time of four weeks and minimal fee payment will apply to complete renewal confirmation.

Professional Pathways/ reQuirements

This section will provide career pathways of the levels as defined by IGSOAP standards, educational training areas, and work experience hours.  A complete listing of Continuing Education Topic Areas will be provided at the end of this section for the career pathways development. 



An International Geriatric Activity Professional must meet and complete the following standards:

  This individual has achieved basic awareness of the Activity Professional Field, has working knowledge and experience to serve the geriatric individual.



* High School or equivalent


* Work Experience - 1000 hours of work directly in Activity using person-centered care methods (within 3 years of application and maybe a volunteer or employed position)


* Education - A total of 40 hours of training in Approved Topics listed:  Dementia and Alzheimers, Documentation -care planning and contact notes, Cultural Awareness, Human Development and Aging, Communication and Behavior Management, Medical Terminology, Sensory Stimulation, Dementia conditions, and stages and Program planning for severe to mild cognitional levels. Complete all topic areas and submit valid Continuing Education Units with instructor identification, location, and date of class, workshop, or training session attended.

Provide a letter or proof of volunteer and/or employment within 3 years of applying. 




Complete the International Geriatric Activity Professional Certification Class and pass a class examination with a 79% score or higher to receive Certification of Completion Certificate and provide documentation of work experience before acceptance into the class.



Applications for Career Pathways are posted under Career Pathways.  Complete the application IGSOAP class acceptance and submit it for review.


Review submission takes 4-6 weeks or slightly longer as all work/education requirements will be researched before the level of professionalism will be awarded.  The review process involves documentation and reference confirmation before professional levels are issued.  If information is falsified or does not meet the standards of IGSOAP you will be asked to revise your application or complete additional topic areas to assure your level of professionalism.


Continuing Education Topic Areas

The purpose of continuing education is for professional growth and to maintain standards to help the Activity Professional to stay current on new trends and regulations in the field. 


Any activity related lecture/talk/ workshop/conference/session should fall iinto one of these topic areas will be approved. 


All classes or certificates of attendance must have the date/location/ number of hours attended for CEU units/ location and instructor name and title/the sponsoring insitution/school/ association profession listed on the Certificate of Attendance or Letter of Documentation to be valid for approval by IGSOAP 


Topics areas are:

1. Activitiies/Programming - all activities that provide for self-expression of the arts and all physical movement activities that help to maintain a skill or ability

2. Behavios

3. Budget/Financial Management

4. Confidentiality/HIPPA

5. Cognitive impairment/Dementia

6. Consulting related to Activities

7. Community Resources/ Programs/Outings

8. Computer/Adio/Visual Technology

9. Resident Councils or Family Councils

10. CPR and First Aid Classes

11. Cultural Change/Environment and Programming

12. Diagnosis and Chronic Disorders

13. Documentation/MDs/Care Planning

14. End of Life Issues/Hospice

15. Environment related to activities/ safety/infection control/active shooter/cleaning of supplies/equipment storage and organization

16. Ethics

17. Fund Raising

18. Goal Setting

19. Grant Writing

20. Hiring, Training and Staff Retention

21. Interpersonal Relations

22. Leisure Time

23. Management and Supervision

24. Motivation

25. Pain Management/Palliative Care

26. Person Centered Programs

27. Policies and  Procedures

28. Professional Growth/Development

29. Professionalism

30. Psychology of Aging

31. Public Relations

32. Qualify Assurance

33. Record Keeping/Medical Report Writing

34. Regulations/Survey Process

35. Research and Development

36. Resident Assessment

37. Resident Rights/Social Workers Role

38. Resources for Activity Professionals

39. Sensory Stimulation

40. Short Term Stay: Rehab

41. Special Populations/Needs/Traumatic

Head Injuries/ Cognitive Levels

42. Spirituality/Religion

43. Standards of Practice

44. Teamwork

45. Therapies (Physical, Occupational, Speach, Aroma, Massage, etc

46. Time Management

47. Validation Theroy

48. Volunteers: Recruitment /Retention

49. Wellness

50. Active Aging Concepts and Human Development/ How the Body Ages



Resource Page - Professional Associations/ insitutions/classes/seminars/ workshops/seminars/lectures/Health Care  and Community Groups

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Application for IGSOAP Professional Levels

Please contact Connie Ratti to submit your previous experiences, work, and educational information for review.  


If you have additional concerns or questions please contact us.  Your professional growth and success is important to us. 


As Always, Connie Ratti

Oregon Plus OAP/ODP____________ Organization  Activity and dementia professionalS_________    IGSOAP________________ InterNationAl Geriatric society of Activity Professionals 

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