3. Brainercise for Week 2 – Brain Stim, LLC

3. Brainercise for Week 2

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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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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 2a

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

  • Name 4 emotions a person can feel.
  • Name a situation where each of those emotions would be appropriate.
  • Pick an emotion.
  • AP: Name a situation and ask whether the emotion that was picked would be appropriate or inappropriate for the situation.
  • Continue until all 4 emotions have been used.

Brainercise 2b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Bowls

Large Die

2 Balls

Instructions:

  • Line the bowls up in a row so the edges are touching.
  • Roll the die until you get a 4 or less.
  • The number you rolled will be the bowl you are tossing into.
  • If you get an even number, start with your left hand for the exercise.
  • If you get an odd number, start with your right hand to do the exercise.
  • You get up to (see die for number) attempts per turn.
  • Have a friendly competition with your AP to see who gets their ball into the bowls correctly the most number of times.
  • If you are keeping score, give yourself one point every time you get the ball in the correct bowl within the number of attempts your die indicates.
  • Deduct one point if you get the ball into the wrong bowl.

Brainercise 2c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Gloves

Color Gears

Instructions:

  • Put gloves on both hands.
  • Link all the gears together in any shape you want while wearing the gloves.

Brainercise 2d

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.

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