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.



04 December 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Supporting the Caregiver Journey

Approximately 18 million people in the United States act as caregivers to older adults, according the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These caregivers need support along each stage of their journey, something Brookdale Senior Living understands. As part of our ongoing Optimum Life Continuing Education series for healthcare professionals, we’re offering the session Caregiving: Supporting the Journey during the month of December


12 October 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Recapping the Second Annual Celebrate Aging Film Festival

Carol Cummings recaps the Second Annual Celebrate Aging Film Festival, highlighting some great moments and special takeaways. 


25 September 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

The Difference Between Health and Wellness, and How Clinicians Can Consider Both

Carol Cummings breaks down the difference between “health” and “wellness”, how each is vital to the overall well-being of residents and the things that clinicians should consider both when it comes to a person's wellness. 


10 August 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

And the Nominees for the 2018 Celebrate Aging Film Festival Are…

Get a behind the scenes look at how the nominees for Brookdale's Celebrate Aging Film Festival were choosen. 


14 June 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

How to Create a Safe and Inclusive Senior Living Environment for LGBT Seniors

According to Stories from the Field, a report on a national survey of LGBT older adults, only 22 percent of respondents feel they can be open about their sexual identities with healthcare staff. This is an issue the senior living industry needs to address. For LGBT Pride Month, Carol Cummings takes a look at what the industry can do to make senior living safe and inclusive. 


21 May 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Advice to Nurses: The Secret to Putting Your Well-being First

Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6-12, but Brookdale is celebrating a Culture of Wellness in a Clinical World all month. Carol Cummings explains why nurses need to take care of themselves first, before caring for anyone else. 


07 May 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

What is Optimum Life?

Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6-12, but Brookdale is celebrating a Culture of Wellness in a Clinical World all month. Carol Cummings breaks down Optimum Life, our holistic model for wellness.


10 January 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Fearless Falling: Tips for Learning to Fall Safely


01 January 2018
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Seven Smart New Year's Resolutions for Seniors