Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

As Brookdale’s Senior Director of Optimum Life and Engagement, Carol believes senior living should empower residents to make choices that bring meaning and purpose to their lives. 

Early in her nursing career, Carol developed a passion for working with older adults. After 15 years in hospital and home health settings, Carol took a position as the wellness director for a Brookdale community, a role she describes as her dream job. Her work in the community led to her current role where she supports the well-being of residents through program and service design and education related to Optimum Life, the foundation of how Brookdale approaches whole-person wellness.

Carol has been with Brookdale for 18 years, and during that time, she’s earned multiple awards for her programs, including the International Council on Active Aging Innovator Award and the Assisted Living Federation of America’s Best of the Best. As a Certified Wellness Coach and Certified Wellness Practitioner, Carol is an avid student and engaging teacher with a passion for challenging aging stereotypes and helping older adults continue to grow and live life with dignity and respect.



26 October 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Alzheimer’s Research – Trends and Updates

Promising new research is underway in the search for an Alzheimer’s cure. The November Optimum Life Continuing Education Series with Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging, looks at breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research and newly discovered connections between lifestyle and dementia prevention.

 


29 September 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Medical Ethics at the End of Life

Ethically managing care at the end of life is one of the most complex challenges families and health care providers face.The October Optimum Life Continuing Education Series with Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging, discusses the four principles of medical ethics when providing compassionate care in end of life situations.

 


25 August 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Suicide and the Elderly: Prevention Can Be Possible

In these uncertain times, suicide rates are rising among the elderly – but there is hope. In this month’s Optimum Life Continuing Education Series with Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging, we’ll discuss prevention strategies for elderly suicide, including the five action steps to assist someone in emotional pain. 


29 July 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Low Vision: Impact to Day-to-Day Activities and Interventions

Did you know 15% of Americans over the age of 75 have some form of serious visual impairment? The August Optimum Life Continuing Education Series with Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging, discusses effective intervention strategies helping those with low vision to live a better life.


23 June 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Fighting Dementia with FOOD – MIND and Mediterranean Diets

Can eating a Mediterranean or MIND diet reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? The July Optimum Life Continuing Education Series with Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging, discusses the link between diet and brain health and the four things you can do now to start eating a brain-healthy diet.


20 May 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

The Four Best Practices for Creating a Welcoming Community for LGBT Seniors

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, the June Optimum Life Continuing Education series with Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on well-being in aging, discusses the four best practices to deliver person-centered care to LGBT seniors.


17 April 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

The Importance of Self-Care For Healthcare Professionals

When you’re responsible for taking care of the health of others, you have to take care of yourself. Why it is so important for healthcare professionals and caregivers to practice self-care, manage stress and maintain healthy habits even during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


23 January 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Continue Your Education with Brookdale

Did you know that Brookdale offers an Optimum Life Continuing Education series? Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging, explains how healthcare professionals can attend classes for credit. 


17 January 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Four Tips for Combatting Loneliness in Older Adults

Loneliness can be just as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and research shows it is more prevalent among seniors. Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging well, offers four tips for combatting feelings of loneliness.


03 December 2019
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

More Than a Calendar of Activities: Three Tips for Resident Engagement

What activities are best for senior living? It’s a question Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging, is asked a lot. In her latest blog, Carol explains why that question doesn’t have a simple answer, and why she believes there are three key components to successful resident engagement.