3. Brainercise for Week 18 – Brain Stim, LLC

3. Brainercise for Week 18

TIP

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 18a

Kit Supplies Needed:

None

Instructions:

  • Try to name what these words have in common:

1. picnic – card – pool

2. earth – book – inch

3. onion – napkins – wedding

4. egg- safe- whip

5. eyes- eggs – laundry

6. blue – goose – black

7. swiss cheese – donut – bowling ball

8. tent – horseshoe – baseball

9. radio – car engine – piano

10. flag – tent – magnet

Comments:

Answers: 1. They’re all tables. 2. They’re all worms 3. They’re all rings. 4 They’re all cracked. 5. All haves whites. 6. They’re all berries. 7. They all have holes. 8. They’re all pitched. 9. They all need to be tuned. 10. They’re all poles.


Brainercise 18b

Kit Supplies Needed:

BrainBox Card

Instructions:

  • Study the details of the picture as long as you need.
  • Try to answer the questions on the back of the card without turning the card over.
  • Turn the card over as you look for the answers to the questions if you need to.

Brainercise 18c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Notebook Paper

Pens

Instructions:

  • Draw a picture of something that makes you happy
  • Answer the questions: WHO do you think of when you see the item you drew? WHAT is the item that makes you happy? WHEN was the last time you interacted with the item? WHERE were you the last time you interacted with the item? WHY does it make you happy?

Comments:


Brainercise 18d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pickup Sticks

Instructions:

  • Give the pickup sticks to your Activity Partner.
  • AP: use a few sticks to start a color pattern.
  • Try to continue the color pattern.

Comments:


Brainercise 18e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Cones

Geoboard

Instructions:

  • Turn the geoboard so the pegs are showing.
  • Put the cone that’s your favorite color in the bottom left corner.
  • Put a cone that is a color you think you’d see in the ocean in the top left corner.
  • Put a cone that is a color you think you’d see in the forest in the top right corner.
  • Put the remaining cone in the bottom right corner.
  • Where would you most likely see the color of the last cone?

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