17 December 2018
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Worried About Mom’s Health? How to Talk to Your Family About It

If you're visiting your senior parents for the holidays, you may be surprised to notice changes in their health. Kim Estes Elliott offers tips on talking to your parents and siblings about long-term goals and care plans. 


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

Six Tips to Help Prevent Falls: What to Look For When Visiting Senior Parents

Visiting with senior loved ones is what makes the holidays special, and it is often the only time of the year we spend extended time in their homes. This is a great opportunity to not only spend time with them but to look more closely at how they are doing in their environment and to make sure their home is safe and free from fall risks.


06 December 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Visiting Senior Parents for the Holidays? Nine Signs They Could Be Dealing with Cognitive Changes

Going home for the holidays is a cherished tradition. But getting home and realizing your parents need more help than expected can overshadow the reunion. It’s not unusual for adult children to miss signs of cognitive trouble during a weekly phone call, but it’s easier to notice during a face-to-face visit. Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale's senior director of dementia care, explains nine signs that your parents might be dealing with cognitive changes.


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


14 November 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Respite Care: Can I Walk Away?

Respite care provides a much-needed break for primary caregivers, but it is often one of the most underutilized services. For National Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Awareness Month, Juliet Holt Klinger explains how it works and why it is good for the caregiver and their loved one.


12 November 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

The Weight of Care and the Lightness of Being a Care Partner

For National Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Awareness Month, Juliet Holt Klinger discusses the complexities of care partnering with someone living with dementia.


01 November 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Is it Ok to Lie to a Person with Dementia? A Look at Ethical Care

Juliet Holt Klinger looks at the ethicals dilemmas that arise when caring for someone living with dementia. Brookdale's ongoing Optimum Life Continuing Education series for November is Ethics in the Care of People with Dementia, led by Daniel Kuhn, vice president of education at All Trust Home Care and author of more than 50 publications. 


09 September 2018
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Understanding the Difference between a Brookdale Assisted Living and a Brookdale Skilled Nursing Community

In honor of National Assisted Living Week (September 9-15), Kim Elliott, senior vice president of Clinical Services at Brookdale, explains the difference between assisted living and skilled nursing options at Brookdale. 


07 September 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

My Time Behind "Every Three Seconds"

Earlier this year, Juliet Holt Klinger was asked if Brookdale wanted to be a part of an international dementia care news-style program. As the largest memory care provider in the United States, Brookdale was excited to participate. Read more about Juliet's experience working on Every Three Seconds.


17 August 2018
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Life Stories Connect Care Partners with the Person Behind the Diagnosis

Understanding the importance of life stories in the care of people living with dementia can help create the best care plan for both the person and care partners. Juliet Holt Klinger shares her experience at the Pioneering a New Culture in Aging Conference, where she presented with Jay Newton-Small, CEO and founder of MemoryWell.