de Tornyay Center

de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

Dancing seniors at Pike Market Senior CenterThe de Tornyay Center serves as a catalyst for promoting healthy aging through its support of research and education in the field of gerontology.

The Center is committed to advancing and sharing knowledge about successful aging and ways professionals and systems can promote optimal experiences for older adults.

Developing competent and compassionate healthcare providers is critically important. The Center is a resource for faculty involved in teaching gerontology, for students interested in older adults, and for practicing professionals seeking continuing education.

Elder Friendly Futures Conference

Once again, hundreds of healthcare providers, community professionals, research educators, students and others will share and learn about healthy aging and how to be part of an elder friendly future. Elder Friendly Futures features two full days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, engaging exhibits, research poster presentations, roundtable discussions and the always-popular films discussion.

Save the date:

Sept. 14-15, 2017
Lynnwood Convention Center

The 2017 theme, The Essentials Work of Caregiving Across Communities, will include topics, such as:

  • Caregiving and the interconnection of race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status and sexual orientation
  • Valuing the informal and formal caregiving workforce
  • Community based innovation to support older adults and their caregivers
  • Understanding the role of technology in caregiving
  • Building an evidence base for elder care

Visit for more program details, to register, submit a poster abstract or become a sponsor.


The de Tornyay Center honors the late Rheba de Tornyay and her career-long focus on the subject of healthy aging.

Rheba de Tornyay, PhD, RN, FAAN was dean of the UW School of Nursing from 1975 to 1986, and remained a faculty member through 1996 and dean emeritus until her death in 2013.

The Center was founded in 1998 as the Center for Healthy Aging and later renamed the de Tornyay Center for Health Aging to honor Rheba and her husband Rudy de Tornyay.