5. Brainercise for Week 16 – Brain Stim, LLC

5. Brainercise for Week 16

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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 16a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Cones

5 Colored Tabs

Instructions:

  • Line the cones up in the order of your favorite colors from left to right with your most favorite on the left.
  • Starting with the pink tab, stick ONE color tab on the top of each cone.
  • Continue using this order:  pink, orange, yellow, green.
  • Going from right to left, look at the cone, and say the color of the tab.
  • Next, look at the cones and say the color of the cone next to it.
  • Then look at the cone and say the color of the label on the cone next to it.
  • Finally, look at the label on each cone and say the color of the cone.
  • Throw away the 4 tabs after removing them in order of your favorite colors from least favorite to most favorite.

Comments:

This can be very difficult, even for someone without dementia. Make this a lighthearted activity and don’t get too serious about getting it “right”.


Brainercise 16b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Cards

Instructions:

  • Shuffle the deck.
  • Deal 7 cards all at once to your  AP.
  • Deal 7 cards to yourself.
  • Turn the top card in the deck over.
  • Starting with you, either take the card you turned over or pick a card from the deck.
  • Discard a card to the pile after you draw.
  • The object is to get all the red cards in your hand.

Comments:

Lay the cards in each hand on the table or play one hand together if the participant wants help.


Brainercise 16c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Geoboard

Small Rubberbands

Instructions:

  • Put the rubber bands in a pile on the table.
  • With your eyes closed pick up one rubber band and put it around one peg on the board.
  • Continue until you have put a band around every peg on the board.

Comments:

Do it with your eyes open if you need to.


Brainercise 16d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Dominoes

Dry Erase Folder

Dry Erase Marker

Instructions:

  • Draw a large shape of your choice that has straight lines on the dry erase folder using a dry erase marker.
  • Looking at the size and number of dominoes you have (use them all), do you think you will be able to:

1. Fill in the entire shape using the dominoes without going over the edges of your design?

2. Use the dominoes to cover the outline of the design with the edges touching?

3. Use the dominoes to cover the outline without allowing the edges of the dominoes to touch?

  • Next, do the steps mentioned in the questions.

Comments:

Have more time to spend? Change the number of dominoes and repeat the steps.


Brainercise 16e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Cones

Large Die

Instructions:

  • Line the cones up in any order you want.
  • Roll the dice.
  • Touch the cones one at a time working from right to left.
  • Start with the number “one” and count each time you touch a cone.
  • Continue counting until you get to the number you rolled.
  • INSTEAD of saying the number you rolled, say the color of the cone instead.

Comments:


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