4. Brainercise for Week 23 – Brain Stim, LLC

4. Brainercise for Week 23

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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 23a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Brain Paint Cards

Instructions:

  • AP: show the cards one at a time and ask them to follow these prompts:
  1. Say the name of the color of the card itself (the background color).
  2. Say the name of the color of the word that is written on the card (the word).
  3. Say the color of the text ( the color the words are written in).

Comments:


Brainercise 23b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Tumble Tower Wooden Blocks

Instructions:

  • Play Jenga but only use your non-dominant hands.

Comments:

To play Jenga, follow the instructions inside the box.


Brainercise 23c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pegboard

Plastic Ring

Instructions:

  • Put the ring inside the pegboard around some of the pegs.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Using touch. see if you can count the number of pegs that are NOT inside the ring.

Comments:


Brainercise 23d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Mini Boggle

Notebook Paper

Pen

Instructions:

  • Write your first name by putting each letter in your name on a different line of the paper.
  • AP: do the same.
  • Take turns shaking the Boggle with your left hand.
  • Give yourself 1 point for every row that starts with a letter that is in your name.
  • Mark the points next to the letters on the paper.
  • Total the points after each has taken 10 turns.

Comments:

Repeat using your full name if time allows.


Brainercise 23e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Colorful Gears

Instructions:

  • Design a flower by attaching gears together.
  • Design a flower by laying the gears on a flat surface.

Comments:


Brainercise 23f

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 23g

      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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