Kim Estes

When Kim had the choice as a child between playing with other youngsters and spending time with her grandparents, she always chose the latter. She treasures the wisdom and life experience of seniors, which is why she has devoted her career to the aging. As Brookdale’s senior vice president of clinical services, she oversees its health and wellness programs and works to inspire more nurses to dedicate their careers to seniors. Estes serves on the Clinical Quality Executive Roundtable for Argentum, the provider trade organization, where she advocates for exceptional care and innovation throughout senior living. She graduated as a registered nurse from the University of Kentucky and received a master’s of science in nursing from the Chamberlain College of Nursing. The latter, formerly the Deaconess College of Nursing, was founded on the Deaconess principles of caregiving and public service. With two grown children, Kim is now an empty-nester who is looking forward to her upcoming wedding. She resides in Tennessee with cats Lucky and Leo.

Incontinence: Hard to Talk About but Often Easy to Treat

Category: Health & Wellness June 19, 2017

It’s a common condition that’s very treatable and it is also one that can cause a lot of emotional pain. I am talking about urinary incontinence, something that many people choose to keep to themselves because they feel humiliated and embarrassed. In... Read more

The Truth About Osteoporosis

Category: Health & Wellness May 15, 2017

I’m happy to say that there is more hope on the horizon for managing osteoporosis, a disease that often stops seniors in their tracks if they fracture a bone after falling. I have even heard of some extreme cases where seniors have actually broken th... Read more

Five Tips for Dealing with Senior Stress

Category: Health & Wellness April 18, 2017

Everyone experiences stress, but as we age, added pressure can take a serious toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. Seniors have a more difficult time coping with stress because the body’s natural stress response slows down. According to the Am... Read more

What are Advance Care Directives? Planning for the Future

Category: Health & Wellness April 17, 2017

Most people are exceedingly uncomfortable talking about the end of life and it’s understandable, of course. Our society emphasizes youth and anti-aging, which further discourages thinking about later life, let alone planning for it. However, it is cr... Read more

5 Ways to Help Manage Diabetes in Seniors

Category: Health & Wellness March 28, 2017

It’s National American Diabetes Association Alert Day! This day is especially important for seniors since they are at risk of developing health related complications from Type 2 diabetes if not diagnosed and managed. In fact, one out of four seniors ... Read more

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