5. Brainercise for Week 28 – Brain Stim, LLC

5. Brainercise for Week 28

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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 28a

Kit Supplies Needed:

Mini Clothespins

Large Clothespins

Pipe cleaners

Instructions:

  • Stretch out 4 pipe cleaners as straight as possible.
  • Use your right hand to pin a mini clothespin to the right end of one pipe cleaner.
  • Use your left hand to pin a large clothespin to the left end of the same pipe cleaner.
  • Repeat until you have used all the clothespins and pipe cleaners.
  • Remove all the clothespins from the pipe cleaners.
  • Next, use any clothespins to secure all 4 pipe cleaners together any way you choose.

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Brainercise 28b

Kit Supplies Needed:

Index card

Instructions:

  • Start at the bottom of the card and fold along the bottom line of the card.
  • Fold along the next line is the opposite direction.
  • Continue until you have folded along every line of the card.

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Brainercise 28c

Kit Supplies Needed:

Wood Blocks

Instructions:

  • Play “Jenga” using only your non-dominant hand to remove the blocks.

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Brainercise 28d

Kit Supplies Needed:

Peg Board

Rubber Bands

Instructions:

  • Start at the bottom left corner and work clockwise.
  • Place one rubber band around each peg until you run out of rubber bands.
  • After you’re finished, remove the rubber bands one at a time going in the opposite direction.

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Brainercise 28e

Kit Supplies Needed:

1 Pipe Cleaner

Clothespins

Instructions:

  • Pin the clothespins on the pipe cleaner to divide in the following ways:

in half

into thirds

into fourths

into fifths

into six parts

into 7 equal parts

into eighths

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Brainercise 28f

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 28g

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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