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!

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

How Assisted Living Communities Help Seniors Stay More Active

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN September 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 ... Read more

Allure Takes a Stand Against Ageism, but We Still Have Far to Go

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN August 15, 2017

This week, Allure Magazine announced that they will no longer use the term “anti-aging” in their publication. Their motivation is valid; anything you have to preface with “anti” must be ... Read more

Are we Overprescribed? Four Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN July 03, 2017

I recently visited a nurse practitioner about my bad case of bronchitis. I left with prescriptions for four medications, which I took as prescribed. Most visits to health care professionals ... Read more

Beauty is Ageless at Brookdale

Carol Cummings, BSN, RN June 05, 2017

“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature; beautiful old people are works of art.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Not everyone loves getting their picture taken, especially as we age. Wrinkles replace ... Read more

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