de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


A Symposium on Healthy Aging in People and Their Pets

OCTOBER 28-29, 2014

For millions of people, pets are considered part of the family. Unfortunately, companion animals such as dogs and cats age rapidly and have relatively short life expectancies. Research in the biology of aging has made tremendous strides over the past several years, with a few interventions having been found capable of slowing aging and extending healthy lifespan by 20-40% in small mammals such as mice and rats. These same interventions may be able to provide dogs and cats with three to five or more years of additional healthy, youthful life.

Registration closes Friday the 24th at 5pm.  Learn more.......


The Elder Friendly Futures (EFF) - A UW Gerontology Conference, “Building Elder Friendly Futures Locally and Globally”

was held at the University of Washington HUB on October 8 and 9, 2014.  

One of the unique global and technological aspects of the conference was revealed with a recorded presentation from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Dean Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, RNT, RN, FAAN; The Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Dean and Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems introduced her colleague:

“There are few people more knowledgeable about this topic than today’s keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Fratiglioni. Laura is a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and Director of Karolinska Aging Research Center.

In more than 260 published papers and seven book chapters, she has created new avenues-and-insights-into-the-epidemiology-and-biology of the aging process. Her research has sparked-inquiries-worldwide-into-topics-as diverse as the primary prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, secondary prevention of dementia, and disability, multi-morbidity, and longevity of illnesses related to older adults.

Our scope of interest and action is rapidly going from local to global. Let’s listen as someone with a truly global perspective shares her thoughts on aging.”

Worldwide Aging of the population: challenges and opportunities

Dr. Fratiglioni's presentation is linked here.


The expanded scope of the de Tornyay Center includes the announcement of a New Co-Director:

The de Tornyay Center is pleased to announce that Dean Emerita Dr. Nancy Fugate Woods will be joining Professor Dr. Barbara Cochrane as co-director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, effective November 1st.  As we celebrate Dean Emeritus Rheba de Tornyay's career and life, we welcome Dr. Woods and the School of Nursing's commitment to the Center's role in leading gerontological research and education.

"I am pleased and proud to be named co-director of the de Tornyay Center," said Dr. Woods. "We expect to attract scholars from around the world to move us forward in our understanding of how to enhance our physical and mental health as we age."

Dr. Woods joined the School of Nursing faculty in 1978 and has focused her research and teaching efforts on women's health for more than 40 years, while currently she is focused on healthy aging in older women.  Dr. Woods and Dr. Cochrane have served as investigators together in the past and look forward to continuing their collaborative relationship in the future through their work for the de Tornyay Center's expanding role in leading gerontological research and education.

Welcome Dr. Woods!


The de Tornyay Healthy Aging Scholarship applications are due October 20th at 5PM.

Find more information.......


The de Tornyay Center is also sharing the news about the Nursing Professional Development Scholarships offered by the Northwest Chapter of the National Nursing Association (NWNGNA).

The NW NGNA is pleased to offer the first annual Nursing Professional Development Scholarships 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.

Application dealine is November 1st.
Visit for more information about the scholarships.






In the Mood for Healthy Aging

Click on the picture to view our 30-second music video

In the Mood for Healthy Aging

The de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging's ongoing mission is to serve as a catalyst for the promotion of healthy aging through its support of research and education in the field of gerontology for both the University of Washington and the broader community. The center is committed to advancing and sharing knowledge about successful aging and ways professionals and systems can promote optimal experiences for older adults. 

 Your gifts and donations to the de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging will support this mission by providing:

  • Graduate Nursing Student Tuition Stipends
  • Healthy Aging Research Project Scholarships
  • Educational Course Resources
  • Conference/Travel Scholarships for Students
  • Summer Institute and Coalition Meetings

To make a gift to the de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging:

Click on the "Make a Gift" icon at the top of this page. You will be directed to the University of Washington Foundation Make a Gift page which lists the Nursing Dean's Office funding priorities. Scroll down to the de Tornyay Center Unrestricted Gift Fund, check the checkbox next to the fund, then click continue to complete your gift.

How to be a Great Preceptor


Did you miss the Gerontology Training Grants' presentation on precepting at the the annual Advance Practice in Primary and Acute Care Conference?

Catch it here!