17 April 2020
by Carol Cummings, RN, BSN, Expert on Aging Well

The Importance of Self-Care For Healthcare Professionals

When you’re responsible for taking care of the health of others, you have to take care of yourself. Why it is so important for healthcare professionals and caregivers to practice self-care, manage stress and maintain healthy habits even during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


17 February 2020
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Addressing Polypharmacy: 4 Tips for Preventing Medication Complications

The effects of taking multiple medications to manage co-existing health problems is called polypharmacy. Medication side effects and interactions can cause deadly harm, and seniors are especially at risk. Kim Elliott explains polypharmacy and what you can do to prevent it.


11 February 2020
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Senior Nutrition: Using Data to Eat Right

There are challenges to maintaining a nutritious diet as we age. Kim Elliott, an expert on healthy aging, discusses how Brookdale uses data to track nutrition and empower residents to make healthy choices.


05 February 2020
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Tips for Warding off a Virus in Senior Living

As news about viruses, including the flu, continues to develop, people are becoming more concerned about their health and safety. Kim Elliott, Brookdale’s expert on healthy aging, explains what the senior living provider is doing to keep residents and associates healthy.


06 January 2020
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Eight Simple Steps to Make Managing Medications Easier

Managing medications can be overwhelming, especially if you take several pills a day. Kim Elliott, Brookdale’s expert on healthy aging, looks at the challenges and offers eight steps to simplify medication management.


18 October 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Three reasons why you should get your flu shot

Flu season is just around the corner, which means it is time to roll up your sleeve and get a flu shot. Kim Elliott, Brookdale’s expert on healthy aging, has three reasons why you should get your flu shot today, especially if you are an older adult.


08 October 2019
by Kim Elliott, RN, Expert on Healthy Aging

Partnering With Our Residents’ Physicians: Collaborations to Improve Our Residents’ Health Outcomes

Clinical services in a senior living setting are evolving. The industry began as a hospitality business but, today, we are caring for higher acuity residents living with more chronic conditions than ever before. Kim Elliott, Brookdale’s expert on healthy aging, explains the importance of embracing a “population health” approach and why it includes collaborating with primary care physicians.


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

Take Your Best Shot: Four Vaccines Every Senior Should Consider

If you’re 65 or older, the flu shot is probably not the only vaccine you should be thinking about. Kim Elliott, Brookdale’s healthy aging expert, weighs in on the shots you should ask your doctor about.


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.


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.