The World Massage Festival will present the 2012 Institution of the Year Award to Sharon Puszko, Ph.D., of DAY-BREAK Geriatric Massage Institute. The award will be presented in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 20.

The DAY-BREAK Geriatric Massage Project was founded by Dietrich Miesler in 1982. Now known as the DAY-BREAK Geriatric Massage Institute, the organization currently has six accredited instructors who teach weekend workshops in geriatric massage. DAY-BREAK is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) and also by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC).

In June 2000, Miesler retired from active practice and continued to research and write. The operation of the institute is now in the hands of Puszko, who is the owner and director of DAY-BREAK Geriatric Massage Institute.

The DAY-BREAK Geriatric Massage Institute is an organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life in order to make living more enjoyable for the elderly by teaching health care professionals the use of skillful hands-on work and current trends in aging.

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