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.

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

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

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