5. Brainercise for Week 20 – Brain Stim, LLC

5. Brainercise for Week 20

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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 20a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Word Teasers Cards

Instructions:

  • Guess what the phrase means.
  • Try to use the saying in a sentence or give an example of how it can be used that’s different than what is on the card.
  • Did you ever use the saying?

Comments:


Brainercise 20b

Kit Supplies Needed:

None
Instructions:

  • Answer the questions and explain your answers:

Would you rather eat raw oysters every day or never get to drink your favorite drink again?

Would you rather be able to fly everywhere or be invisible?

Would you rather be ten inches taller or shorter?

Would you rather find a mouse or a snake in a cupboard?

Would you rather always lose at games or never play games again?

Would you rather fly a jet or steer a ship?

Would you rather sleep in an igloo or in a jungle?

Would you rather walk on stilts or ride a unicycle?

Would you rather be held in high esteem by one person you admire or by 10,000 people you don’t know?

Would you rather have to crawl everywhere or walk on your hands?

Comments:


Brainercise 20c

Kit Supplies Needed:

None

Instructions:

  • Use the following words to make up a story that is believable: goat, laundry, and king.
  • Now use the same words to tell a story that is not believable.

Comments:


Brainercise 20d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Color Circles

Large Clothes Pins

Mini Clothes Pins

Instructions:

  • Pin a large clothespin to the circle that is most unlike the color of the clothespin.
  • Pin a mini clothespin to the circle that is most like the color of the clothespin.

Comments:


Brainercise 20e

Kit Supplies Needed:

None

Instructions:

  • Say the ABC’s WITHOUT signing.
  • Try to say the ABC’s backward.

Comments:

Write them down if needed to say them backward.


Brainercise 20f

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 20g

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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