3. Brainercise for Week 22 – Brain Stim, LLC

3. Brainercise for Week 22

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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 22a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pegboard

Rubberbands

Instructions:

  • Starting in the bottom right corner, lay a rubber band around each peg until all the pegs have been circled.

Comments:

The rubber bands are not being wrapped around the pegs in this exercise.


Brainercise 22b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Colored Blocks

Pen

Notebook Paper

Instructions:

  • Lay 4 blocks anywhere you want to on the paper.
  • Use the pen to trace each block.
  • Remove the blocks.
  • Connect each block to one another by drawing a line from one to the other.
  • What does your shape resemble?

Brainercise 22c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Cones

Instructions:

  • Line up the cones in any color you want.
  • Use the guide below to touch the cone.
  • Touch each cone as fast as you can.

Red: touch with your palm

Green: touch with your index finger

Blue: touch with your pinkie finger

Orange: touch with your thumb

Yellow: clap instead of touching

Comments:

AP: Call out the color and the instructions. Speed up as tolerated.


Brainercise 22d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Color Squares

Instructions:

  • Stack them in columns by color.
  • Make the columns as neat as possible.
  • Put them back in a mixed-up pile.
  • Restack them into 4 columns using alternating colors.

Comments:


Brainercise 22e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Mini Boggle

Instructions:

  • Shake the Boggle.
  • How many rows have at least 3 vowels in them?
  • How many rows have the letter “l”?
  • How many rows have a 3 letter word spelled correctly?
  • How many rows have no words spelled correctly?

Comments:

AP: Call out the letters if they can’t read them.


Brainercise 22f

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 22g

      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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