de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


September 12, 2022

Ageism Interview: Aaron Rosser

Aaron Rosser is a recent graduate from the University of Washington holding a dual degree in Psychology and Philosophy. During his time there, he worked with the School of Nursing DPEN Team to develop an evidence-based intervention for informal caregivers and volunteered his time on the board of the non-profit Circle of Friends for Mental…


Ageism Interview: Tracey Gendron 

 Dr. Tracey Gendron serves as Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology, as Director for the Virginia Center on Aging and is the author of the book Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It. With over 25 years of experience as a grant- funded researcher and nationally recognized speaker, Tracey…


Spotlight Interview: Jeehye Jun

Jeehye Jun is a postdoctoral fellow in gerontological nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing, starting in fall 2022. She will be working with Dean Azita Emami and her research team on the project ‘Biomarker Method for Assessing the Impact of Music on Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers’. She comes to the…


The Age of Ageism

by Sarah McKiddy, UW School of Nursing de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging Predoctoral Scholar This article is a part of a series on ageism, completed by de Tornyay Center predoctoral scholar, Sarah McKiddy. Find accompanying interviews on ageism here.  According to the World Health Organization, ageism decreases an individual’s lifespan by 7.5 years. Ageism…


September 7, 2022

Spotlight Interview: Emily Hilderman

Dr. Emily Hilderman is a UW School of Nursing DNP alumni and previously worked as a graduate staff associate at the de Tornyay Center. Dr. Hilderman is a primary care nurse practitioner at UW Medicine and Era Living retirement communities. A clinical preceptor, she works with nurse practitioner students from the adult geriatric program as…


August 9, 2022

Read the Center’s 2021 – 2022 Annual Report

Curious what the center has been up to in the past academic year? Read the de Tornyay Center’s 2021 – 2022 Annual Report here.


May 5, 2022

Scholar Spotlight: Michael Drake

Michael Drake is a 4th year BSN student, and the recipient of the 2021 Queen Silvia Nursing Award, hosted by the Queen of Sweden. Drake’s idea for the award is a platform that allows patients and their caregivers to easily share information with medical providers. His areas of interest include acute care, palliative care, end…


Scholar Spotlight: Meaghan Oakes

Meaghan Oakes is one of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging’s 2021-2022 Healthy Aging Doctoral Scholars. Oakes’ de Tornyay Center project is “Improving Advance Care Planning within the Geriatrics Department at Confluence Health”, and her faculty mentor is Dr. Katie Kemble. What are your areas of interest? My areas of interest are family practice…


April 12, 2022

Top Cited Article: Thai Frailty Scale

Former de Tornyay Scholar Inthira Roopsawang’s paper “The Reported Edmonton Frail Scale-Thai version: Development and Validation of a Culturally-Sensitive Instrument”, in Nursing & Health Science was listed as one of the journal’s top-cited articles! Want to learn more about the research? Find Roopsawang’s paper here and find the center’s article on her work and frailty…


March 22, 2022

Scholar Spotlight: Lia Kaluna

Lia Kaluna is the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging’s 2021-2022 Germaine Krysan Undergraduate Scholar. A fourth year BSN student, her project is Identifying Key Landmarks of Central District’s Historically Black Neighborhoods. The project is a part of the Seattle SHARP study. SHARP Portland was originally developed by Raina Croff, PhD, an anthropologist at Oregon…



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