2. Brainercise for Week 25 – Brain Stim, LLC

2. Brainercise for Week 25

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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 25a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Rubberbands

Instructions:

  • Close your eyes.
  • Think of a pet you’ve had or known about.
  • Open your eyes and use the bands to “construct” the pet you were thinking of.

Comments:


Brainercise 25b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Color Circles

Die

Instructions:

  • Using your left hand, lay the circles in order of your least favorite color to your most favorite color.
  • Roll the die.
  • Name the number you rolled minus 1 things that are that color.
  • Use all the colors.

Comments:

Change the math portion to make this more or less challenging.


Brainercise 25c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Dominoes

Instructions:

  • DIvide all the dominoes into 4 rows of 7 dominoes.
  • Start with the row to your left, put the dominoes that have a 5 to your right.
  • Put the dominoes that have a 4 to your left.
  • Next, add the dominoes that have an odd number to the stack on the right.
  • Add the remaining dominoes to the stack on the left.
  • Which stack is taller?

Comments:


Brainercise 25d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Baking Cups

Instructions:

  • Close your eyes and imagine you are in a field of flowers.
  • Open your eyes.
  • Use the baking cups to construct a flower you imagined.
  • Close your eyes again as you imagine the field of flowers again.
  • Describe what you see, smell, and feel.

Comments:


Brainercise 25e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Dry Erase Folder

Dry Erase Marker

Pipe Cleaners

Instructions:

  • Use the marker to draw a large face on the folder.
  • Use the pipe cleaners to make the hair.

Comments:


Brainercise 25f

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 25g

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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