Carol Cummings, RN, 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.



09 October 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

The Magic of Brookdale's Celebrate Aging Film Festival

The Magic of Brookdale's Celebrate Aging Film Festival


04 September 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

Five Tips for Making Friends in Senior Living

Five Tips for Making Friends in Senior Living


02 September 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

How Assisted Living Communities Help Seniors Stay More Active

How Assisted Living Communities Help Seniors Stay More Active


15 August 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

Allure Takes a Stand Against Ageism, but We Still Have Far to Go

Allure Takes a Stand Against Ageism, but We Still Have Far to Go


07 August 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

Are Supplements Safe?

Are Supplements Safe?


03 July 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

Are we Overprescribed? Four Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Are we Overprescribed? Four Questions to Ask Your Doctor


05 June 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

Beauty is Ageless at Brookdale

Beauty is Ageless at Brookdale


01 May 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

Dealing with Aging Parents: How to be an Advocate

Dealing with Aging Parents: How to be an Advocate


03 April 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

Why You Shouldn't Call your Grandma Sweetie

Why You Shouldn't Call your Grandma Sweetie


02 March 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, Expert on Aging Well

Healthy Eating: Three Diet Debates

Healthy Eating: Three Diet Debates