de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


The Center is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Healthy Aging Scholarship recipients!

There were a limited number of scholarships available, and we extend our thanks and high regard to all who applied.  Scholarship recipients receive funds and support for research projects related to healthy aging and older adults.  We look forward to hearing the results of their work at our Healthy Aging Scholars' Presentations and Reception in May 2015.

Please join us in congratulating these exceptional scholars and their faculty mentors!


Musetta Chang-Chu Fu - “Impact of a group-singing program on older adult health in senior living communities:  A pilot” (Faculty Mentor:  Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN)

Shih-Yin Lin - “Uncovering the Meaning of “Dementia Friendly” (Faculty Mentor:  Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN)


Ann Pedack – “Post-Acute Care Competency Development for Nurse Practitioners at Group Health” (Faculty Mentor:  Marie Annette Brown, PhD, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAAN)


Nikela Harris – “Pike Market Senior Center:  Community Building with Housing Agencies” (Faculty Mentor:  Noel Chrisman, PhD, MPH)


Jennifer Burns - “Thrive – A Wellness Program for Older Adults:  Opportunities for Community Engagement” (Faculty Mentor:  Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN)

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.  


Are you interested in the FREE online lectures? To gain access, please register (allows accurate compiling of data for reports to the funding agency).




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!