4. Brainercise for Week 15 – Brain Stim, LLC

4. Brainercise for Week 15

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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 15a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Eye Know Card

Instructions:

  • Look at the picture only.
  • Do you recognize what the picture is of?
  • Have you ever seen it in person?
  • What is a memory you have of it or what is something you know about what is in the picture?
  • Next, AP: If the item is familiar to the participant, ask the questions that are on the back
  • If the item is unfamiliar, use the information on the back as a learning tool.
  • Share one thing you remember or just learned about the item in the picture,

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Brainercise 15b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Baking Cups

Instructions:

  • While holding the cups firmly with your left fingers, rotate the cups clockwise with your right hand 5 times.
  • Hold the cups between your right thumb fingers and rotate the cups counter-clockwise 9 times.
  • As you rotate the cups think of how they feel between your fingers.
  • Does it remind you of anything?
  • Next, write your name on the dry erase folder in large letters.
  • Cover each letter with a cup:
  • For vowels, turn the baking cup right-side up.
  • For consonants, turn the cups upside down.
  • Restack the cups neatly.

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Brainercise 15c

Kit Supplies Needed:

None

Instructions:

  • Finish the famous phrase. The answer is in parentheses.
  • Discuss who said it and what the circumstances were if you know.
  1. “Good Greif… (Charlie Brown)!” – Lucy
  2. “Ask not what the country can do for you, (but what you can do for the country.)” – JFK
  3. “When you reach the end of your rope, (tie a knot in it and hang on.)” –Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. “Here’s looking at you, (kid).” – Humphrey Bogart in  Casablanca
  5. “Go ahead, make (my day.)” – Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact

Comments:

If you have more time, look up more information about the phrases.


Brainercise 15d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Alphabet Letters

Instructions:

  • Pick 10 random letters.
  • Line up 10 letters in front of you in the order they appear in the alphabet.
  • One by one, touch each letter with your pointer finger on your right hand.
  • As you touch the letter, name an adjective that starts with the letter.
  • If you can’t think of an adjective that starts with the letter, name one that has the letter in it.
  • Repeat but use 10 new tiles and name nouns. Repeat with 10 new tiles and name verbs.

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Brainercise 15e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Dry Erase Die

Dry Erase Marker

Popsicle Sticks

Instructions:

  • Pick your favorite color from the colors of the popsicle sticks.
  • Use the marker to write the first letter of each color on one side of the die.
  • Roll the die.
  • Pick up a stick that is NOT that color.
  • Name something that IS the color you rolled.
  • Put that stick to the side.
  • Continue until all the sticks from the color you choose at the beginning are all gone.

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