2. Brainercise for Week 29 – Brain Stim, LLC

2. Brainercise for Week 29

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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 29a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pen

Notebook Paper

Instructions:

  • Put a dot in the center of the middle line of the paper.
  • Starting at the dot, scribble a design all over the paper without lifting your pen from the paper.
  • End the scribbled design at the dot.
  • Get a different colored pen.
  • Use your other hand and try to trace the design you drew. Start and end at the dot.

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Brainercise 29b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Tweezer

Cards

Instructions:

  • Stack the cards in a neat pile.
  • Hold the tweezers with your right hand.
  • Try to pick up one card at a time and put each card into as neat of a new pile as possible.
  • Try the exercise using your left hand.

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Brainercise 29c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Color Tiles

Instructions:

  • Spread the tiles on the table in front of you.
  • Stack the tiles one-by-one keeping all the like colors together.
  • If the stack topples over before you finish, do the following: try to stack the tiles in a verticle row while keeping your eyes closed.

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Brainercise 29d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Sponge or Ball

Instructions:

  • Hold an object in your left hand.
  • Straighten your left arm out in front of you and keep it there during the entire exercise.
  • Recite The Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Squeeze the object as you say every other word beginning with “I”.

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Brainercise 29e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Dominoes

Instructions:

  • Arrange all the dominoes so that each domino is touching another domino that is NOT a number match.

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Brainercise 29f

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 29g

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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