5. Brainercise for Week 24 – Brain Stim, LLC

5. Brainercise for Week 24

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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 24a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pegboard

Yarn

Scissors

Instructions:

  • Cut 5 pieces of yarn 6.5″ each.
  • Starting in the middle of the board lay one piece of yarn in the middle going from top to bottom.
  • Next lay a piece of yarn to the left.
  • Use your non-dominant hand to lay the next piece of yarn to the right.
  • Close your eyes and try to lay the last 2 pieces of yarn in the remaining open areas of the board.

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Brainercise 24b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Dominoes

Instructions:

  • Pick up the first domino and lay it down with the largest number on the left side.
  • Pick up another domino sand turn the domino so the largest number is again on the left side.
  • Stack that domino on top of the other domino.
  • Continue as long as time allows or until the stack topples over.

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Brainercise 24c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Color Circles

Instructions:

  • Stack the color circles with the rough side down.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Pick up one circle at a time.
  • Place the circle on top of your head with the rough side up.
  • If one falls off, try again.
  • Continue until all the circles are on your head.

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Brainercise 24d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Stencil

Pencil

Notebook Paper

Instructions:

  • AP: Lay the stencil on the table without showing what the design on the stencil is.
  • With your eyes closed or while not looking at the stencil. trace the stencil with your right index finger.
  • Can you tell what the picture is?
  • Look at the stencil. Did you guess right?
  • Now trace the design onto the paper using the pencil.
  • See if you can do it using your non-dominant hand.

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Brainercise 24e

Kit Supplies Needed:

Pickup Sticks

Instructions:

  • Pick 4 sticks of different colors and lay them on the table with space in between.
  • Pick one color and concentrate on where that color is in the group.
  • Close your eyes and try to pick up only that stick.
  • Mix up the sticks and start over.

Comments:

AP: Start with only 2 sticks to make it easier or add more colors to make this more challenging.


Brainercise 24f

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 24g

      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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