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.

Why You Shouldn't Call your Grandma Sweetie

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN April 03, 2017

During a recent visit to a nail salon, the technician repeatedly referred to me as “sweetie.” I bristled every time she said it. I know she was trying to be nice, but in reality she left me feeling diminished. While reflecting on this later I was a b... Read more

Healthy Eating: Three Diet Debates

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN March 02, 2017

There is no question that food can have a powerful impact on well-being. The question is: which foods should we avoid and which should we embrace? The answer is not always as easy as it seems, and often it depends on who you ask. I have learned that ... Read more

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

7 Secrets to Paying for Senior Living

Brookdale Senior Living January 15, 2017

Choosing the right senior living community to call home is an important decision. Although it’s difficult to put a price on outstanding care, we understand that cost can be a big concern for many families. Allow us to share these seven financial tips... Read more

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