de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging


Want to learn more about healthy aging? Here are some good places to start.

Action Briefs

African Americans and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Call to Action for Organizations

The Washington state’s Dementia Action Collaborative create an action brief, highlighting ways that organizations can help address institutional racism in dementia care.

Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness among Older Adults

The purpose of this research brief is to share results about a pre-COVID-19 study about social isolation and loneliness in Washington state. We sought information on social isolation and loneliness from older adults. The participants were recruited from seven clinical and community sites in Washington state.


Reframing Aging 

“Americans hear little about aging as a matter that requires a public response, and even less about ageism—discrimination based on age. As research partner for #ReframingAging, the FrameWorks Institute conducted an investigation… Their research shows aging is misunderstood in America and, moreover, those misperceptions and stereotypes lead to discrimination against older people in many areas of life, from health care to the workplace.”

World Health Organization – Ageism 

“For older people, ageism is an everyday challenge. Overlooked for employment, restricted from social services and stereotyped in the media, ageism marginalises and excludes older people in their communities. Ageism is everywhere, yet it is the most socially “normalized” of any prejudice, and is not widely countered – like racism or sexism. These attitudes lead to the marginalisation of older people within our communities and have negative impacts on their health and well-being.”

Professional Development and Education

NW Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center 

“We’re a federally funded regional center that conducts inter-professional education and training programs to improve the primary care of older adults in the Northwest United States. Our mission is to lead the Pacific Northwest is optimizing primary care of older adults through collaborative education, traineeships, client engagement, and enhanced community-clinical linkages.”

Local Resources

Dementia Friendly Recreation – Seattle Parks and Recreation

“Dementia-Friendly Recreation provides meaningful recreation and social engagement opportunities for people living with memory loss throughout Seattle. Dementia-Friendly Recreation is part of  our Lifelong Recreation program.”

National Organizations


“AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.”

National Institute of Aging 

“NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.”

National Council on Aging 

“We’re a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. We partner with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to provide innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy.

National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence

“The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) is a specialty organization dedicated to optimal health and quality of life for older adults.” The de Tornyay Center is a member of the NHCGNE.