de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging
News: Announced by the 2015 White House Conference on Aging Blog
04:22 PM EST
Today, I am delighted to announce the launch of a series of regional forums to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts on aging on the key issues affecting older Americans. These forums are designed to help provide input and ideas for the upcoming 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
Over the past several months, we have been preparing for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging along with the Conference’s Executive Director, Nora Super, by establishing a Conference website, and participating in a number of listening sessions and meetings across the country.
This will include regional forums, the first of which will be in Tampa, FL on February 19th. Subsequent forums will be held in Phoenix, AZ on March 31st; Seattle, WA on April 9th; Cleveland, OH on April 27th; and Boston, MA on May 28th.
Each will allow us to hear directly from the public on issues such as ensuring retirement security, promoting healthy aging, providing long-term services and support, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect. They will also help us to reach older Americans and their caregivers, advocates and others stakeholders where they live.
The regional forums are co-sponsored by AARP and being planned in coordination with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of more than 70 of the nation’s leading organizations serving older Americans. While participation is by invitation, all of the events will be live webcast to engage as many people as possible.
This Administration is committed to aging issues, and the 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade. We are dedicated to promoting policies that benefit elderly – and ultimately all – Americans.
As we prepare for the 2015 White House Conference, we want your voice to be part of the conversation. Go to http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov/ to learn more about the Conference, to sign-up for updates on its events and activities, and to tell us your thoughts and stories.
Community Building, Professional Development and Education
Northwest Geriatric Education Center (NWGEC)
The NWGEC is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Washington dedicated to improving health outcomes and quality of life for older adults.
The NWGEC provides training opportunities and educational resources to health sciences students and health care and social service professionals working with older adults. A special feature of our program is our annual Geriatric Telehealth series that focuses on physical and mental health conditions common in older adults. This is co-sponsored by the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging and these programs have been telecast to regional hospitals throughout Washington, Wyoming and Alaska. Winter quarter 2015 will focus on dementia.
You are invited to browse the site for descriptions of the many activities and resources as well as links to other related Web resources.
The Northwest Chapter of the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NW NGNA) is dedicated to the clinical care of older adults across diverse care settings through inclusiveness, respect, innovation, and responsiveness. This mission is supported by building strong local and national networks between clinicians, educators, researchers, and students.
The NW NGNA was recognized by the National Gerontological Nursing Association with Chapter status in March of 2013 and currently has 39 active members. This Charter initiation was sponsored by the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Washington's School of Nursing. This growing and dynamic group offers Annual Nursing Professional Development Scholarships.
The NW NGNA is a non-profit organization formed to promote quality care for the older adult by enhancing the professionalism of the gerontological healthcare worker through collaboration and education.
The Gerontological Professionals Network (GPN)
The GPN is a network of individuals and organizations that provide support and services to older adults.
The GPN links the University of Washington School of Nursing and community colleagues with interest and expertise in gerontology and geriatrics. The GPN strives to create a forum for discussion of professional issues and provide networking opportunities for professionals working in diverse areas of elder care. We meet regularly during the academic year to network, discuss common issues, and share creative solutions for enhancing health care and services to older adults.
The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging sponsors the GPN. The Center serves as a catalyst for promoting healthy aging through research, education, and community services in gerontology and geriatrics for the School of Nursing, the University of Washington, and the broader community.
Subscribe to the GPN's mailman at the University of Washington and stay informed of the Network's meetings and activities!