Optimum Life

Carol Cummings and guest bloggers, including Juliet Klinger, write a weekly Optimum Life Blog touching on a wide range of topics impacting seniors and their friends and families.

Life Lessons from Carrie Fisher

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN January 10, 2017

As a young baby boomer whose dedicated their life work to advocating for seniors, it broke my heart to see one of our biggest champions pass away. Carrie Fisher was on the same anti-ageism mission as I am, and the world seems darker without her crusa... Read more

Meeting the Challenge of Exercise and Well-Being in Assisted Living

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN January 02, 2017

Senior living advertises a relaxing image of the golden years. All your needs are met – you barely have to lift a finger! But could all this inactivity actually be harmful to senior’s health? Are we “over-caring” in a way that is not in the resident’... Read more

Three Gifts Grandparents Bring to the Family

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN December 26, 2016

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year  – time between Christmas and New Year’s. It is sort of holiday and sort of not. It’s like the rest at the bottom of the hill on a roller coaster. The excitement of Christmas is over and we haven’t gotten ... Read more

Caregiving Around the Holidays: Celebrating New Traditions

Lori Hill December 19, 2016

Ahh, the holiday season is in full swing. Retail stores are bustling with shoppers trying to find that perfect gift for those on their holiday list and perhaps buy a special gift for themselves. There’s an excitement in the air with family traditions... Read more

Leonard Cohen and the Hazards of Falls in Seniors

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN December 12, 2016

Prolific singer and song writer Leonard Cohen, best known for penning the majestic ballad Hallelujah, died last month at the age of 82. A few days after his death Cohen’s manager reported that he had died in his sleep after a fall in the middle of th... Read more

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