3. Brainercise for Week 2 Copy – Brain Stim, LLC

3. Brainercise for Week 2 Copy

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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 Brainercise 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: 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.


Reminder

The first 10 Brainercise exercises are designed to help you become familiar with the steps of the physical exercises in Breathing, Motion & Mindfulness as quickly as possible.

This is important because Brainercise Exercises have shown to be more effective when done in combination with these Emotional Support Activities and physical fitness routines.

The sooner you and the participant become comfortable doing these, the more likely you are to be committed to doing them throughout the program.


Brainercise Day 8 

Practice the 4, 7, 8 Controlled Breathing Technique

  • Inhale through the nose as you silently count to 4.

 

  • Hold the breath as you silently count to 7.

 

  • Exhale as you silently count to 8.

 

  • Repeat this exercise 3 times to quickly decompress.

 

  • Repeat this exercise 5 times if sleep is the goal.

 

After you have practiced the 4, 7, 8 Breathing Technique, enjoy the following Cognitive Engagement:

  • Name 4 types of aromas (scents).
  • If you won a “Lucky 7” jackpot today, what would you buy?
  • The Beatles recorded the hit song called “8 Days a Week”. Is there something you love(d) doing so much that you would have done it 8 days a week if you could have?

Brainercise Day 9 

Practice the Personal Hand Massage – Part 1

Each set of instructions is a different technique.

 

Apply an aromatherapy hand lotion if you want additional calming effects of these exercises.

 

Begin each Personal Hand Massage by rubbing your palms together briskly for 20 seconds to warm up your hands.


  • Pretend you are holding a sponge in each hand and squeeze as hard as you can.

 

  • Hold the squeeze as you count to 10 and then release your squeeze.

 

  • Repeat this exercise 5 times.

  • Grab your left thumb and squeeze it as tightly as possible without it hurting.

 

  • Hold this for 30 seconds.

 

  • Wiggle the thumb for 10 seconds to relax it. Massage the same thumb for 30 seconds making sure to rub the entire thumb.

 

  • Repeat steps 4-6 on the right thumb.

 

  • While making sure to alternate between the left and the right hands, repeat steps 4-6 using a different finger every time until you have massaged each finger on both hands.

  • End each Personal Hand Massage exercise by increasing the blood flow back to the heart.

 

  • Open your left hand but keep all the fingers touching.

 

  • With your right hand, start at the tips of the fingers and run your hand all the way down to the wrist. Repeat 10 times.

 

  • Switch hands and repeat.

 

  • Hold both hands up with fingers pointing up. Wiggle all the fingers at the same time for 20 seconds.

Brainercise Day 10 

Practice the Personal Hand Massage – Part 2

Each set of instructions is a different technique.

 

Apply an aromatherapy hand lotion if you want additional calming effects of these exercises.

 

Begin each Personal Hand Massage by rubbing your palms together briskly for 20 seconds to warm up your hands.


  • Hold the back of your left hand in the palm of your right hand and place your thumb on the left palm.

 

  • Using your right thumb, firmly rub your left palm using a circular motion for 30 seconds.

 

  • Rub between the thumb and the index finger for 30 seconds.

 

  • Switch hands and repeat.

  • Rub each joint – wrist and knuckles – for 10 seconds on your left hand.

 

  • Use your thumb and first 2 fingers.

 

  • Switch hands and repeat.

  • End the Personal Hand Massage exercise by increasing the blood flow back to the heart.

 

  • Open your left hand but keep all the fingers touching.

 

  • With your right hand, start at the tips of the fingers and run your hand all the way down to the wrist. Repeat 10 times.

 

  • Switch hands and repeat.

 

  • Hold both hands up with fingers pointing up. Wiggle all the fingers at the same time for 20 seconds.

Brainercise Day 11

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

1. AP: Read the story below in its entirety. Do not read the questions in parentheses at this time.

2. AP: Do not tell the participant they will be asked questions about the story.

3. AP: After reading the entire story, ask all the questions in parentheses exactly as they are written. Do not discuss their answers.

4. AP: Next, tell them they will be asked questions about the story and reread the entire story.

5. AP: Ask the same questions after reading the entire story. Do not discuss their answers.

6. AP: Finally, read each line of the story and ask each question immediately after reading each line.


Two boys went to the seashore. (How many boys went to the seashore?)


It was cold so they wore jean-jackets. (What did they wear because it was cold?)


They looked for sharks’ teethe and built a sandcastle. (What did they look for?)


They ate tuna fish sandwiches and barbeque potato chips for lunch. (What kind of sandwich did they eat?)


As the boys ate their sandwiches, a grey seagull flew down and ate their chips. (What did the seagull eat?)


Comments:

Lessons learned: We tend to concentrate more when we anticipate being questioned. We also remember details better when the information is given one piece at a time. Being given too many details at once can be confusing. Remember these as you go through the program!


Brainercise Day 12

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

  1. Act out 3 plays of a baseball game without using words.
  2. In the first act, you are the pitcher: show the emotion you would have as if you pitched a perfect game.
  3. In the second act, you are an outfielder: show emotion as if you caught a high fly ball that could have been a home run.
  4. In the third act you are a hitter: show emotion as if you strike-out.
  5. The next time you’re up to bat show emotion as if you hit a homerun on your last swing.

Comments:


Brainercise Day 13

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?

 


Cognitive Engagement Exercise Day 14

Neuron Exercise Instructions:

  • Listen to the 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 allows.

 

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