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!

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 have that same outcome. Pharmaceuticals are the first answer... 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 freckles and light reflects off graying hair, but smil... Read more

Dealing with Aging Parents: How to be an Advocate

Most of us who have the good fortune of seeing our parents live in to their older years will at some point find ourselves in the role of caregiver. Caregiving for parents can take many forms, but will most always require us to be an advocate. This wa... Read more

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

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