de Tornyay Center

Dancing seniors at Pike Market Senior Centerde Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

The 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

Elder Friendly Futures features two full days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, engaging exhibits, research poster presentations, roundtable discussions, the always-popular films discussion and a UW Bookstore Kiosk. The conference is co-presented by the UW School of Nursing and the UW School of Social Work in partnership with the UW School of Pharmacy, the UW Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine and Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center.

This year’s conference will be Sept. 15-16, 2016 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. The theme is Multiple Voices Shaping our Communities. Come ready to learn from leaders in the field of aging about:

  • Shaping the science of health and wellness
  • Visioning connections within age-friendly communities
  • Addressing what it means to be older and underserved
  • The multiple dimensions of cognitive and mental health
  • Elder justice and security

Visit 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.