As our loved ones age and are going through major life changes such as declining health, the loss of friends and other loved ones, they may become more vulnerable to sadness and depression in their lives. These are a few reasons why it is important to help the older adults in your life improve their habits so that they can have better moods and quality of life. 

Health from the inside and out

Physical health has a big impact on the state of our mental health. Aging adults may find a significant decline in their physical strength and mobility; therefore, leaving them with the mindset that they can no longer be fit. This is not the case, as there are many different types of workouts and activities that can keep aging adults moving their joints and muscles and staying fit. One of the best examples is aerobic exercises. Aerobic exercises are great not only for the body, but they have a positive impact on brain health as well. Making exercise is also important to encourage following a regime persistently. At Shaughnessy Seniors Community, seniors have the opportunity to participate in Fun & Fitness every morning if they are interested in it.


What we put inside our bodies also has an effect on our mental health as well. Eating whole foods, having a well-rounded diet, and ensuring that one’s body is getting essential nutrients can help older adults feel better overall. Choosing more vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in each meal is a great way to get all your nutrients in at once. In addition to the foods being consumed, it is important that vitamins and minerals are also being taken. Vitamin B and Zinc are also known to improve depressive moods. If a loved one has been feeling down persistently, perhaps they require more of these vitamins in their regimen. Many long-term care homes take common deficiencies into consideration and make sure to add these to their resident’s meals as well. Shaughnessy Seniors Community has a terrific dietician to ensure residents get the nutrition they need.

Social Connections

One of the biggest impacts on low moods in older adults is associated with loneliness and isolation. This can have an effect on anyone no matter the age; however, it is more common for seniors who have children that have moved away or are busy with their careers, or who have sadly lost partners and friends. To counter feelings of loneliness, it is important to find ways to join new social groups or activities in the community. Shaughnessy Seniors Community offers residents many engaging activities such as bingo, walking & talking, and art expression, where seniors can have fun with each other. 

Engaging the Brain

Small daily puzzles and activities are a great way to keep the mind engaged. Keeping the brain active is vital for prolonging brain function and memory while also preventing depression. There are many different ways this can be done, such as reading, writing, doing a crossword puzzle, or even playing games such as “I-Spy” can help with working memory. Having a sense of purpose along with daily goals to achieve are important for self esteem and mental well being. There are many different activities to choose from at long-term care homes, it is important to find one that makes your loved one excited. 

Practicing Positivity

Sometimes the most important thing to feel good, is to simply think about happy thoughts. This may be easier said than done at times; however, it is important to practice these patterns in order for them to become routine. Encouraging your loved one to practice words of affirmation and gratitude every morning is a great way to start their day and build into their routine. Encourage your loved one to say at least three things about themselves that make them feel proud, confident, or appreciative every day. 

If you’re looking for a long-term care home in the Lower Mainland, Shaughnessy Seniors Community offers personalized and high-quality nursing care to support your parent or loved one. Located in Port Coquitlam, our boutique-style residence is warm, inviting, and can provide the resources required to keep your loved one comfortable and happy despite age-related health problems. If you’d like to learn more about our facilities and care plans, you can always visit our website or reach out to a member of our team and we’d be happy to help.