2. Brainercise for Week 21 – Brain Stim, LLC

2. Brainercise for Week 21

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Remember, it is not important whether these exercises are easy or difficult.

Over the course of the program, the participant will engage in numerous cognitive processes which is what will keep the healthy areas of their brain active.

This is what can build and strengthen their cognitive reserve and increase their brain’s neuroplasticity to help slow dementia-related decline.


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There may be steps that they cannot complete depending on what area(s) of the brain have been damaged.

Use the Process-Focused Strategy Phrases to encourage them as much as possible and only complete the steps that they are unable to complete at all.

What matters is the participant attempts each of the steps to the best of their ability at this moment. 


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Complete the Seated Stretch exercises before beginning to increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

Click the link to view the Seated Stretch Instructions: https://brainstimforseniors.com/lessons/2-motion-seated-stretch-instructions/


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To relieve anxiety, also do the Just Breathe! exercise or one of the Mindfulness Moments exercises.

Click the link to view the Just Breathe! Instructions: https://brainstimforseniors.com/lessons/1-just-breathe-instructions/

Click the link to view the Mindfulness Moments Instructions: https://brainstimforseniors.com/lessons/3-mindfulness-moments-instructions/


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Complete the GIG of the Day Emotional Support Activities prior to beginning the Brainercise activity so everyone will be in a positive, happy state of mind.

Click the link to access the GIG of the Day Emotional Support Activities: https://brainstimforseniors.com/access-my-courses/emotional-support/


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Click here for information about the process to follow when doing the Brainercise Exercises: https://brainstimforseniors.com/lessons/5-about-the-cognitive-engagements-of-the-day/


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Before beginning the exercises, have the participant look back and forth to the right and then to the left a few times without moving the head.

Science suggests this movement increases concentration and problem-solving ability.


Brainercise 21a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pegboard

Tumble Tower Wooden Blocks

Instructions:

  • Use the blocks to line the outside of the pegboard.
  • Use the blocks to line the outermost area of the pegboard

Comments:


Brainercise 21b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Colorful Circle Gears

Instructions:

  • Pour the gears onto the table.
  • Sort the gears by color.
  • Connect all gears that are the same color.

Comments:


Brainercise 21c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Stencil

Colored Pencils

Notebook Paper

Instructions:

  • Trace each shape in your stencil using a different color for each shape.

Comments:

If the stencil only has one shape, use different colors to retrace that shape up to 10 times.


Brainercise 21d

Kit Supplies Needed:

2 Cones

Plastic Ball

Instructions:

  • Pick up one cone with your non-dominant hand and hold it with the open side up.
  • Place a ball in the open end of the cone.
  • Continue to hold the cone with the ball in it.
  • Pick up the other cone with your other hand and hold it the same way.
  • Now try to move the ball from then cone it is into the other cone without touching the cone with your hand.
  • Continue moving the ball from cone to cone as long as you can.

Comments:


Brainercise 21e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Small Clothespins

Colorful Circle Gears

Tower Game Wooden Blocks

Dice

Instructions:

  • Use the items to make a person.
  • Use as many of the items as possible.
  • Be as detailed as possible.

Comments:


Brainercise 21f

Nostalgia Exercise Instructions:

        • Listen to or sing the suggested Nostalgia Song or one of your choice as many times as you like and time allows.
        • What were you doing in life when this song was popular?
        • How does hearing this song now make you feel?


      Brainercise 21g

      Neuron Exercise Instructions:

              • Listen to the suggested Neuron Song or one of your choice.
              • While listening, focus on the lyrics (or melody).
              • Next, listen during the verses or main melody.
              • Try to sing along during the chorus (the part that repeats).
              • It does not matter if you sing the lyrics correctly or not.
              • Repeat the process as many times as time and preference allow.

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