3. Brainercise for Week 10 – Brain Stim, LLC

3. Brainercise for Week 10

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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 10a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Mini Boggle

Instructions:

  • Shake the game 4 times.
  • Count how many rows have the first letter upside down.
  • Give yourself 5 points for each one.
  • Do this 5 times and record your totals on the dry erase board.
  • Which turn had the most upside-down letters?

Comments: 

If time allows, count all the upside-down letters in each row.


Brainercise 10b

Kit Supplies Needed:

2 Dice

Instructions:

  • Roll both dice with your left hand.
  • Hold up your fingers to show the total of the 2 dice.
  • If the number is even and less than 5, use your left hand.
  • If the number is odd and less 5 or less, use your right hand.
  • Do this at least 10 times.

Comments:


Brainercise 10c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Towel

Instructions:

  • Use both hands to roll the towel up as tight as you can like a snake.
  • Use only your right hand to do it.
  • Use only your left hand to do it.

Comments:


Brainercise 10d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Wood Blocks

Instructions:

  • Pick up one block with your left hand and put it on the table to your right.
  • Pick up 2 blocks and stack them next to the single block.
  • Pick up 3 blocks and stack them next to the double stack.
  • Continue the pattern until you don’t have enough blocks to continue the pattern.

Comments:


Brainercise 10e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Ruler

5 Pipe cleaners

Instructions:

  • Count out 5 pipe cleaners and put the rest back in the kit.
  • Hold a pipe cleaner down on the top of the ruler with your thumb.
  • While holding the end down, wrap the pipe cleaner around the ruler.
  • Remove the pipe cleaner without straightening it out.
  • Repeat this process for all 5 pipe cleaners.
  • With your eyes closed, straighten out the pipe cleaners one at a time.

Comments:


Brainercise 10f

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 10g

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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