4. Brainercise for Week 19 – Brain Stim, LLC

4. Brainercise for Week 19

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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 19a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pens

Notebook Paper

Instructions:

  • Write your first name in print.
  • Write your last name in cursive.
  • Then write the first 2 letters of your name in cursive,.
  • Continue by writing the next two letters in print.
  • Continue the pattern until your full name is written.

Comments:


Brainercise 19b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Dry Erase Marker

Dry Erase Folder

Instructions:

  • Write a sentence of your choice on the folder.
  • Erase the first letter of each word in the sentence.
  • Pick any letter you choose.
  • Write the letter you chose where you erased the first letters of all the words in the sentence.
  • Now read the sentence as it is written.

Comments:


Brainercise 19c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Set Cards

Instructions:

  • Lay all five cards on the table with the Set logo up.
  • Turn two cards over. How many similarities do the two cards have?
  • Turn the cards back over.
  • Mix up the order.
  • Turn two cards over. How many differences do the two cards have?
  • Continue this process as long as time allows.

Comments:


Brainercise 19d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pens

Notebook Paper

Instructions:

  • Write 5 words of your choice on the paper.
  • Without looking at the words, try to spell each one backward.

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Brainercise 19e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Ball

Pen

Notebook Paper

Instructions:

  • Hold the ball on the paper and try to trace around it.
  • Put the ball in the center of the drawing and repeat the exercise 5 times.
  • See how the circle drawings match up.

Comments:


Brainercise 19f

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 19g

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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