3. Brainercise for Week 18 – Brain Stim, LLC

3. Brainercise for Week 18

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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 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 who 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 orange cone in the bottom left corner.
  • Put the red cone in the top left corner.
  • Put the green cone in the top right corner.
  • Put the blue cone in the bottom right corner.
  • Put the yellow cone to your non-dominant side.

Comments:


Brainercise 18f

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 18g

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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