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.



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

Healthy Eating: Three Diet Debates

Healthy Eating: Three Diet Debates


17 February 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Kindness is Ageless

Kindness is Ageless


10 January 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Life Lessons from Carrie Fisher

Life Lessons from Carrie Fisher


02 January 2017
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Meeting the Challenge of Exercise and Well-Being in Assisted Living

Meeting the Challenge of Exercise and Well-Being in Assisted Living


26 December 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Three Gifts Grandparents Bring to the Family

Three Gifts Grandparents Bring to the Family


12 December 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Leonard Cohen and the Hazards of Falls in Seniors

Leonard Cohen and the Hazards of Falls in Seniors


05 December 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

The Gift of Time with Those you Love

The Gift of Time with Those you Love


24 October 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Cubs Baseball Traditions

Cubs Baseball Traditions


18 October 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Optimum Life Blog: The Circle of Enriching Lives (and other commentary)

Optimum Life Blog: The Circle of Enriching Lives (and other commentary)