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.



30 June 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Independence Day - The Pinnacle of Summer

Independence Day - The Pinnacle of Summer


27 June 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Social Wellness and the Brain

Social Wellness and the Brain


01 June 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month


11 April 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

More 'How-To' Coaching Tips for Having the Conversation about Senior Living

More "How-To" Coaching Tips for Having the Conversation about Senior Living


04 April 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Some 'How-To' Coaching Tips for Having the Conversation about Senior Living

Some "How-To" Coaching Tips for Having the Conversation about Senior Living


21 March 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Choosing Happiness

Choosing Happiness


22 February 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Getting Enough Sleep?

Getting Enough Sleep?


04 January 2016
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Happy New Year with an Aging Loved One

Happy New Year with an Aging Loved One


01 December 2015
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

Capture Family Stories this Holiday Season

Capture Family Stories this Holiday Season


19 October 2015
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

The Importance of Social Engagement

The Importance of Social Engagement