de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


September 12, 2022

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…


March 10, 2022

de Tornyay Center-Sponsored Conference Presenters

The de Tornyay Center is proud to fund travel for six students to travel to the Western Institute of Nursing’s annual conference, Apil 6 – 9 in Portland, Oregon: Frances Chu, PhD student, is presenting, “Implementation of Task Sharing of Tele-Mental Interventions in Primary Care for Older Adults has been accepted”. Jingyi Li, PhD student…


Scholar Spotlight: Claire Kane

Claire Kane is the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging’s 2021-2022 Myrene C. McAninch Undergraduate Scholar. Kane’s areas of interest are nurse-midwifery, women veterans, perinatal substance use disorder. Her de Tornyay Center project is, “Exploring Women Veteran’s Experiences of Substance Use Disorder Treatment in the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Healthcare System: A Mixed Methods Approach”,…


March 9, 2022

Scholar Spotlight: Frances Chu

France Chu is one of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging’s 2021-2022 Healthy Aging Doctoral Scholars. A PhD in Nursing Science Student, Chu’s areas of interest are technology for older adults and implementation science, as well as health literacy and information management. Her de Tornyay Center project is “Implementing Task Sharing of Tele-mental Interventions…



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