Carol Cummings, BSN, RN
Carol Cummings, BSN, RN is a nationally recognized expert on senior health and well-being. For the past 15 years she has worked for Brookdale as a wellness professional at the community and corporate levels. In her current role as the senior director of Optimum Life® engagement and innovation for Brookdale, Carol is responsible for the creation of programs and services designed to integrate whole person wellness into Brookdale’s culture. Carol earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.
Allure Takes a Stand Against Ageism, but We Still Have Far to Go
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 bad, as in anti-war or anti-fungal. They back up their statement... Read more
Are Supplements Safe?
Americans spend more than 30 billion dollars a year on vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies, according to a report in The Journal of Nutrition. But research on the benefits of most supplements show very mixed results, and only about 23 percent o... Read more
Are we Overprescribed? Four Questions to Ask Your Doctor
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
“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
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