5. Brainercise for Week 4 Copy – Brain Stim, LLC

5. Brainercise for Week 4 Copy

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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 Brainercise 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 4a

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

  • Spell first your name.
  • Using each of the letters in your first name pick an adjective that begins with that letter.
  • Does that adjective describe you?
  • Why or why not?

Comments:

Spell your last name and do the same thing. AP: Do the activity and ask them if the adjective describes you or not.


Brainercise 4b

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

  • Look around you.
  • Name all the colors that you see.
  • Which color/shade do you like the most? Why?
  • Which do you like the least? Why?

Comments:

Extra: Name the different shades of the colors you see.


Brainercise 4c

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

  • Sing Happy Birthday.
  • Resing it but make very other word silent.
  • Sing another familiar song.
  • Resing it but skip every other word beginning with the first word of the song.

Comments:

This should be a humorous exercise!


Brainercise 4d

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

  • Touch your right: ear with your left hand.
  • Clap once.
  • Then touch your left ear with your right hand.
  • Clap three times in between touching each area.

Here’s the routine: left hand to right ear -clap- right hand to left ear – clap 3 times – left hand to right ear -clap- right hand to left ear – clap 3 times…

Comments:

This should be a humorous exercise!


Brainercise 4e

Kit Supplies Needed:

none

Instructions:

  • Name the steps out-loud that you take to get ready for bed.
  • Act out the steps instead of saying them.

Comments:

AP: Encourage them to be as detailed as possible.


Brainercise 4f

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 4g

Neuron Exercise Instructions:

  • Listen to the 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 allows.

 

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