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Healthy Aging Lecture April 16: 'Growing Old Does Not Mean Sleeping Poorly!'


For immediate release
Date:    April 1, 2009

Seattle (April 1, 2009) -- Sleep quality and aging is the focus of the Spring Healthy Aging Lecture, sponsored by the University of Washington School of Nursing’s de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging. This free, public lecture will be held Thursday, April 16, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the UW Tower Auditorium.

Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and adjunct professor in biobehavioral nursing and health systems, will present “Growing Old Does Not Mean Sleeping Poorly!” He is also associate director, Northwest Geriatric Education Center at the University of Washington and an internationally recognized expert in sleep, circadian rhythms and sleep disorders in aging.

Vitiello is the author of almost 400 scientific articles, reviews, chapters, editorials and abstracts. His research efforts, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focus on the causes, consequences and treatments of disturbed sleep, circadian rhythms and cognition in older adults. He is president of the Sleep Research Society, a member of the National Sleep Foundation Board of Directors, and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. He is editor-in-chief of Sleep Medicine Reviews and serves on numerous editorial boards for research journals in geriatrics and sleep medicine.

Please register for free. Contact or 206-616-4276 with questions. Directions to the UW Tower.


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.