2015 Elder Friendly Futures Conference

September 17-18, 2015
Lynnwood Convention Center

Hosted by the University of Washington

Keynote Presentations and Other Highlights from the conference are linked here



Gerontological Professionals Network (GPN)

The Gerontological Professionals Network (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.  In addition, programs and presentations of interest to a broad audience of professionals in aging are offered during our meetings. 

The GPN is open and inclusive of professionals working in gerontology and geriatrics.  Students interested in working with older adults are also welcome.  Prospective new members can be added to the listserv by e-mailing

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.  The Center supports high quality services and optimal outcomes for older adults, their families and friends by enhancing available resources for university students and faculty, professionals in the community, and the general public.

The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging sponsored the charter of the Northwest Chapter of the National Gerontological Nursing Association, which was recognized by the national organization in March of 2013:




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. 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.

Visit for upcoming events and information regarding NW NGNA

The de Tornyay Center is please to announce that Emily Hilderman, DNP, RN, and previous de Tornyay Graduate Staff Associate has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association. 

The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1999 by the NGNA Board of Directors, is presented to a member of NGNA in recognition of outstanding leadership, participation, and contributions toward achieving the goals of NGNA.     Congratulations Dr. Hilderman!


The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging promotes high quality services and optimal outcomes for older adults, their families and friends, and is a resource not only for the university and professionals in the community, but also for the public at large.

One of our longest standing connections has been with ERA LIVING COMMUNITIES (formerly ERA Care). Since 1990, the University of Washington School of Nursing has collaborated with Era Living to design and oversee health programs for older adults in independent living, assisted living, and the Nursing Care Center (skilled nursing facility).



North East Seattle Together (NEST) has a mission to connect northeast Seattle residents to community resources; and provide social and educational opportunities so that, as they age, members can live confidently in their homes and neighborhoods. For more information contact NEST at (206)525-6378, or visit their website at