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.

Downsizing 101: 7 Tips for Scaling Back

Brookdale Senior Living February 22, 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 move to senior living, where the options are generally less spacious than mos... Read more

Kindness is Ageless

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN February 17, 2017

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. To celebrate, Brookdale residents from across the country are participating in our Kindness is Ageless campaign and handing out flowers to strang... Read more

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

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