2. Brainercise for Week 5 – Brain Stim, LLC

2. Brainercise for Week 5

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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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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 5a

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

  • Name 10 things you hope you never have to smell again.
  • Name 10 things that you love to smell.
  • Close your eyes and imagine you can smell their aromas.
  • For the things you love to smell, when was the last time you smelled them?
  • Where were you and who were you with?

Comments:


Brainercise 5b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pick up Sticks

Instructions:

  • Spread the sticks on the table.
  • Close your eyes and pick up one stick.
  • Open your eyes.
  • Name something that is the color you picked.
  • Repeat until all the sticks have been chosen.

Comments:

Other options:

  • Repeat but name something that would NOT be the color you picked.
  • Pick up any 2 or more sticks.
  • Name something that has all those colors in or on them.

Brainercise 5c

Kit Supplies Needed:

2 towels

Instructions:

  • Roll one towel as tightly as you can.
  • Hold your left hand up and spread your fingers open.
  • Using your right hand only, intertwine the towel between each finger on your left hand.
  • Squeeze the towel 9 times.
  • Bend your fingers as tightly around the towel as you can.
  • Pull the towel out with your right hand as you silently count to 6.
  • Repeat using the opposite hand.

Comments:

This may be difficult if arthritis or other joint issues are present. Do the best you can without harming yourself.


Brainercise 5d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Baking Cups

Ink Pen (see below for color)

Instructions:

  • Choose a pen that is a different color than the top baking cup
  • Without taking the stack of baking cups apart, use the pen to draw a line inside each crease of the baking cup
  • Throw away only the baking cup you drew in

Comments:

Make sure the stack remains intact. You will need these for another activity later. If you have more time or you want to make this a little more difficult, instruct the participant to draw a line between every other crease in the baking cup.


Brainercise 5e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Rubber bands

Instructions:

  • Extend your arm in front of you as far as you comfortably can
  • Dump all the bands on the table in a pile.
  • Using only your dominant hand pick out one rubber band.
  • Lay it as far to the right as you can reach comfortably.
  • Use your non-dominant hand pick up another rubber band.
  • Lay it as far to the left as you can reach comfortably.
  • Continue this process until you use all the bands you can.

Comments:

Repeat this process but switch hands in the directions.


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