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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 involves stereotypes, prejudices, or discrimination based on age. Ageism can occur at different levels: self-directed (internalized), interpersonal (between individuals), and institutional (policies, laws, and protocols)….

Now Open: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing

The University of Washington School of Nursing is thrilled to announce two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Gerontological Nursing to start Fall 2022.  We invite applicants with a passion for and commitment to improving the lives of older adults to apply. You will be joining an innovative, multidisciplinary research team and developing skills to prepare for a research career as a nurse scientist. Learn more and apply at

Scholar Spotlight: Tao Zheng

Tao Zheng is a PhD in Nursing Science student, studying sleep and cognition in individuals with advanced heart failure after receiving a left ventricular assist device. In 2020, he published an editorial in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, titled “Who Cares? An Existential Perspective of Caregiving for Individuals with a Left Ventricular Assist Device.” His faculty mentor is Cynthia Dougherty. How did you first get involved in nursing? I started my nursing education by becoming a nursing assistant. At the…

Engaging with Aging Blog Reaches 200 Posts

Doris Carnevali, UW School of Nursing faculty emerita, recently hit 200 posts on her blog, Engaging with Aging, where she talks about her experience of aging as a nurse and elder. Carnevali has been featured for her work on King5 news, and her ideas have provided the basis for research on an Engaging with Aging framework. This framework has been written about in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, including featured in an Engaging with Aging special issue of the journal….

World Alzheimer’s Day

In honor of World Alzheimer’s Day, the de Tornyay Center would like to share a selection of the innovative Alzheimer’s research spearheaded by faculty at the UW School of Nursing: Drs. Azita Emami, Gabriella Engstrom, and Hyejin Kim are working on a multidisciplinary music intervention project to develop an innovative, reliable method to assess stress collecting salivary cortisol and DHEA-S among persons with dementia and their family caregivers living at home in Sweden. Dr. Sue McCurry is collaborating with colleagues at…

de Tornyay Healthy Aging Scholars’ Virtual Symposium

On Thursday, May 20th, our 2020-2021 de Tornyay Healthy Aging Scholars presented their projects at the center’s Virtual Symposium. Thank you to everyone who joined us! Topics ranged from dementia caregivers’ self-care to social integration after injury and preparing for age-related changes. Dr. Grethe Cammermeyer provided a musical interlude preforming a song she wrote, “Know me”, inspired by Doris Carnevali. PhD Scholars Susie Cho, Myrene C. McAninch Doctoral Scholar Wonkyung Jung, Healthy Aging Doctoral Scholar Wendy Wilson, Healthy Aging Doctoral Scholar Kuan-Ching…

2021 Pathways to Healthy Aging Awardees

Olga Yudich (DNP) – Improving Coordination of Care of Highly Complex Geriatric Patients in Primary Care How does your DNP project advance healthy aging? Healthy aging is the ability to age well and to age in place within one’s community. To do so, older adults will often require social services. My research has found that older adults with unmet social needs have a higher risk of morbidity and mortality. My project focuses on integrating social services into healthcare delivery, as primary…

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 dTC Scholars

The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Healthy Aging Scholarship recipients. We extend our thanks and high regard to all who applied. Scholarship recipients receive funds and support for research projects related to healthy aging and older adults. Please join us in congratulating these exceptional scholars and their faculty mentors! PhD RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS: Susie Cho, Myrene C. McAninch Doctoral Scholar Topic:  A Qualitative Thematic Analysis of the Facilitators and Barriers to Self-care Practices in…