Optimum Life

Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s senior director of Optimum Life Engagement and Innovation, covers a wide range of topics affecting seniors and their families. She encourages you to “be well” on purpose!

How to Reduce Holiday Loneliness for Seniors

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN December 05, 2017

It’s the holiday season, and for most of us that means we are busy traveling, attending parties and shopping. But for many seniors, this time of year is isolating and ... Read more

Seven Gift Ideas for the Seniors on Your Holiday Shopping List

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN November 20, 2017

Few things are more gratifying than finding the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones. I love shopping for my friends and family, wrapping up their gifts and watching their ... Read more

Selling Your Home Is Hard: Advice on When to Downsize and What to Consider

Brookdale Senior Living October 10, 2017

If you’re a baby boomer, chances are you’re at least starting to think about downsizing and moving to a smaller living space. And that’s doubly true if you’re considering a ... Read more

The Magic of Brookdale's Celebrate Aging Film Festival

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN October 09, 2017

Awe and Gratitude are the words that keep settling on me as I reflect on the events surrounding the Inaugural Celebrate Aging Film Festival. We truly took a huge step ... Read more

Five Tips for Making Friends in Senior Living

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN September 04, 2017

I recently learned of four 91 year old women who have been friends for 74 years. The friends formed a “sorority” in their high school days and have shared life’s ... Read more

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