2. Brainercise for Week 9 – Brain Stim, LLC

2. Brainercise for Week 9

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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 9a

Kit Supplies Needed:

1 piece of Notebook Paper

Colored Pencils

Ink Pen

Instructions:

  • Draw a small circle in the middle of the paper with the pen that matches the color of your eyes.
  • Pick another pen color.
  • Draw small circles all the way around the first circle working counter-clockwise,
  • Pick another pen color.
  • Draw small circles around those circles working clockwise.
  • Continue the process until the paper is full of circles.
  • Color in every other row of circles with a colored pencil that most closely matches the color of the pen you used to draw the circles.

Comments:

Use a smaller piece of paper to make this more challenging.

Only use one piece of paper.


Brainercise 9b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Alphabet Letters

Instructions:

  • Lay 20 random letters in a row (face down if using tiles).
  • Pick every other one.
  • Put the letters that are not turned over back in a pile to the left.
  • Do you see a word within the letters?
  • Add the letters on the left back into the pile.
  • If using tiles, turn them over one at a time.
  • Make as many words as possible using all the letters.
  • You can make individual words or use a crossword format.
  • Words may share letters.
  • Blanks are wild if using tiles.

Comments:

AP: Use less or more letters to decrease or increase the difficulty level of the exercise.


Brainercise 9c

Kit Supplies Needed:

AP: Pick 10 random small Items from the Kit that touch won’t damage.

Instructions:

  • Close your eyes.
  • AP put one item at a time on the table.
  • Without opening your eyes, feel the item, and describe what you feel – texture, shape, hard/soft, etc.
  • Can you guess what the item is?
  • Repeat until each item from the pile is used.

Comments:


Brainercise 9d

Kit Supplies Needed:

1 Sponge

1 Ball

Instructions:

  • Toss the sponge back and forth with your AP.
  • Toss first with your dominant hand back and forth 10 times.
  • Toss with your non-dominant hand back and forth 9 times.
  • Next toss with your non-dominant hand and catch with the other.
  • Switch hands and repeat at least 10 times.

Comments:

Redo the activity using the ball instead.


Brainercise 9e

Kit Supplies Needed:

None

Instructions:

Name as many new words as you can by adding words, prefixes, or endings to these words:

  • man (postman/doorman/manly etc…)
  • shoe (horseshoe/shoehorn/shoeless…)
  • sea (seashore/seasick/overseas…)
  • book (bookend/Redbook/booked…)
  • day (today/Sunday/daylight…)

Comments:

AP: Don’t give the example unless it is necessary. It is likely words will be repeated since the words are not being written down for reference.


Brainercise 9f

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 9g

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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