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In the spotlight this week is Dr. Ted Muilenburg, a retired university professor and active consultant, who continues to make a remarkable impact at 80 years old. Dr. Muilenburg is the visionary behind Geri Olympics, an event that has been promoting wellness for seniors for an impressive 36 years. Initially a service learning event for Therapeutic Recreation majors, Geri Olympics has evolved into a nationwide effort, engaging volunteers and active cooperating partners in five countries.

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the 36th annual Geri Olympics persevered, adapting to a virtual format. This event, managed entirely by volunteers, has proven its resilience and dedication to the well-being of seniors, particularly those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The impact of Geri Olympics extends beyond national borders, with model being introduce in Cypress and Greece in May 2023.

Moreover, the Geri Olympics team is actively working to present the program to the International Olympics Committee for inclusion as a special program that promotes wellness for seniors, representing a significant milestone in the initiative’s journey.

Dr. Ted Muilenburg’s dedication to this cause, combined with the continued involvement of Therapeutic Recreation majors, has solidified Geri Olympics as a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives. This ongoing commitment to promoting wellness for seniors exemplifies the transformative potential of collaborative, volunteer-led efforts and underscores its potential for continued impact in the years to come.

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