de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


Congratulations to new GSA Fellows!


George Demiris, PhD


Hilaire J. Thompson, PhD, RN


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging has notified Dr. Demiris of his appointment to Fellowship status through the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the GSA and Dr. Thompson of her appointment to Fellowship status through the Health Sciences Section of the GSA. 

GSA fellowship — the highest class of membership was bestowed by their professional colleagues — is an acknowledgment of their outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.

Please join the de Tornyay Center in congratulating Dr. Demiris and Dr. Thompson as they receive this notable honor.   




Announcing a New Co-Director

The de Tornyay Center is pleased to announce that Dean Emerita Dr. Nancy Fugate Woods will be joining 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!


Announcing the 2014 Elder Friendly Futures Conference

“Building Elder Friendly Futures

Locally and Globally”


October 8-9, 2014

Planning is underway for the 2nd Annual Elder Friendly Futures Conference to be held on the University of Washington campus. Our 2014 theme is “Building Elder Friendly Futures Locally and Globally.” Building upon the success of the 2013 conference, we will again bring together  researchers, practitioners, administrators, policy-makers and educators to  discuss the  opportunities and challenges to building elder-friendly futures.


Comments about our 2013

UW Gerontology Conference;

Working together for an Elder Friendly Future:

"The conference re-energized me in my work"

"Excellent speakers and networking opportunities"

"THANK YOU for one of the best conferences I have attended"


Keep checking


for future updates

and opportunities!

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 catalystfor 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!