de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


Planning for Progressive Changes in Function:

A Panel to Discuss Home/Environmental Designs for Dynamically Responsive Accessibility


Friday, December 4, 2015

10:00-11:50 AM

Health Sciences Building T661

(Directions and maps are linked below)

An Informatics and Aging Training Program

& Gerontological Professionals Network Event


A select panel of experts in home/environmental design (an architectural perspective), assistive technology and home modifications (an occupational perspective), informatics and aging, and users will rethink environmental elements that allow for dynamically responsive accessibility.

David F. Chambers, B.S. Registered Architect

George Demiris, PhD, FACMI

Jennifer DeRosa, BS, OT/L, CAPS

Steven W. Nourse, BA, MSW, PhD

Mary Meyer

The challenge:  Accessible environments do not have to be static solutions.  Office workspaces feature adjustable surfaces and equipment to meet workers’ needs and preferences.  Why not rethink kitchens, bedrooms, and baths in the same way to meet the needs and preferences of older adults and other individuals experiencing changes in function? 

Moving toward unique solutions:  The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, in collaboration with the Aging and Informatics Training Program, committed community professionals, and potential users of such solutions have organized a panel discussion to address this challenge and consider the development of solutions that meet the needs of individuals with progressive changes in function. 

Who should attend? 

  • Professionals in gerontology, disability services, environmental design, informatics, and manufacturing, as well as individuals who have dreamed of such solutions and want to share their dreams. 
  • Students, faculty, researchers, and community professionals who want to hear more or contribute to the conversation.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Health Sciences Building T-661- map and directions

1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, WA 98195-7260


Community Building, Professional Development and Education



2016 Geriatric Healthcare Series

Dates and Topics

Tuesdays, January 5 - March 8,

from 4:00-5:30 PM Pacific Time

Room T-653


The University of Washington receives HRSA award


Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC)


The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program aims to improve the quality of healthcare for older Americans.


This geriatrics program will help the University of Washington design curricula that responds to the needs of aging adults and leads to better care. The NW GWEC will promote access to quality health care for older adults by supporting

  • their self-management
  • their families’ engagement in their care
  • the dedicated caregivers who work with them







Announcing the 2nd Annual NW NGNA
Nursing Professional Development Scholarships

Our scholarships are offered as part of our mission to promote quality care for the older adult by enhancing the professionalism of the gerontological healthcare worker through collaboration and education.

Find the application and more information at


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.

Learn more about the NW NGNA today!


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.


Find past programs, agendas and minutes here......


Subscribe to the GPN's mailman at the University of Washington and stay informed of the Network's meetings and activities!