22 April 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Managing Your Meds: What’s the Beers List and How Do Healthcare Professionals Use it?

Managing medications can be hard, especially when there are always new studies telling us to take this pill and not that one, or reminding us of the dangerous side effects of certain drugs. So where do you find reliable information about safe and effective medications for seniors? Kim Estes Elliott, Brookdale’s expert on healthy aging, explains the AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medications for Older Adults and how medical professionals use it.

16 April 2019
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Transitioning to a Memory Care Community: What to Bring

Making the decision to move into a memory care community can be tough. It can be even harder to downsize your loved one's home and decide what stays and what goes. Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale's expert on dementia care, offers tips on what to bring and how to make the transition as easy as possible. Click the link to read more.

01 April 2019
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Three Tips for Supporting Emotional Well-Being

Being emotionally vulnerable and supportive sounds intimidating, but research shows that expressing emotions actually improves your health. Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s wellness expert, looks at three ways you can support emotional engagement. Click the link to read more.

28 March 2019
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Ageism is No Laughing Matter

Why is old age often the butt of a joke? Carol Cummings, Brookdale's expert on aging, examines the roots of ageism and how we can combat its negative effects. Click the link to read more.

15 March 2019
by Cindy Baier, President and CEO of Brookdale Senior Living

Combatting the "Old Folk's Home" Stereotype

Brookdale CEO Cindy Baier responds to the author of recent op-ed in the LA Times who wrote he's "rather die than linger on in an old folk's home." Cindy shares stories of residents who've thrived in Brookdale communities and explains how senior living can help many people.  

22 February 2019
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Looking at Dementia in a Positive Light: Changing the Narrative

Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale’s dementia care expert, is changing the dementia narrative. It’s a topic making headline news with the Washington Post covering the story this morning. Click the link to read why Juliet believes an optimistic response to dementia has a positive effect on people living with the disease and those who care for them as well.  

11 February 2019
by Jonathan Ruchman, CCXP, Expert on Customer Experience

The Importance of Becoming Your Own Customer

The first thing Jonathan Ruchman did when he joined Brookdale was move into Brookdale University Park. As a marketing professional, he understands the importance of knowing your customer. In order to learn about Brookdale’s customers, he moved in with them! Click the link to read what Ruchman learned from the experience and why senior living is unlike any other business.

07 February 2019
by Juliet Holt Klinger, MA, Expert on Dementia Care

Dementia Care and New Romantic Relationships

Dan Gasby, B. Smith’s husband, recently went public with his “new normal,” disclosing a romantic relationship. Dan is the caregiver for his wife, the iconic restaurateur and television personality, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The public has met the admission with mixed reactions. Juliet Holt Klinger, Brookdale’s expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia care, weighs in on the controversial topic. Click to read why she says about starting a new relationship when your spouse is living with dementia.

05 February 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Treating Pain: Seniors and the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic’s grip on America is well documented. But the impact of pain on quality of life and the effects of the addiction epidemic on seniors are stories that aren’t often told. Kim Estes Elliott, Brookdale's senior vice president of clinical services, lays out three steps for improving pain management in seniors. Click the link to read more. 

11 January 2019
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Healthy Aging: It’s Never Too Early, It’s Never Too Late

As the size of the senior population continues to increase, there is a new emphasis on healthy aging. But what exactly is healthy aging? Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s expert on aging, explains why your genetics, environment and lifestyle are all factors. Click the link to read more.