3. Brainercise for Week 26 – Brain Stim, LLC

3. Brainercise for Week 26

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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 26a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Popsicle Sticks

Instructions:

  • Spread the popsicle sticks out in front of you on the table.
  • As quickly as you can, sort them by color.
  • Only pick up one popsicle stick at a time.
  • Stack the like colors on top of each other.
  • Put the groups in this order: purple, blue, orange, red, yellow, green

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Brainercise 26b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Cones

Ball(s)

Instructions:

  • Line the cones up in a straight line on a table.
  • Roll a ball trying not to hit a cone the same color as the ball.
  • Roll a ball and try to hit the cone that is the same or as close to the color of the ball.
  • Roll a ball and try not to hit any cone.
  • Mix up the cones and redo the exercise.

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Brainercise 26c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Dominoes

Dry Erase Folder

Dry Erase Marker

Instructions:

  • Use the marker to write your first and last initial in block letters on the folder.
  • Use the dominoes to construct the initials.
  • Write the first and last initials of your family members, one at a time, on the folder in a very large block format.
  • Use the dominoes to cover the initials.

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Brainercise 26d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Ring

Peg Board

Instructions:

  • Try to balance the ring on the pegs without any part of the ring touching the bottom of the board.
  • Now try the same activity with your eyes closed.
  • Now try the same activity using only your non-dominant hand.
  • Now try this by holding the ring with only your thumb and ring finger.

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Brainercise 26e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Stencil

Notebook Paper

Pencil

Instructions:

  • Place the stencil on the notebook paper.
  • Use the pencil to trace the pattern inside the stencil.
  • Don’t move the stencil.
  • Choose a different colored pencil.
  • Use your other hand to redraw the shape inside the stencil.
  • Remove the stencil.
  • How similar are the two drawings>

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Brainercise 26f

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 26g

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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