Our brains, just like our bodies need exercise!
‘Neurobics' is a type of exercise designed to stimulate the brain and enhance cognitive performance. Research indicates that people who pursue intellectual challenges live longer and maintain a sharper mind.
Intellectual activities can include reading, solving riddles and puzzles, playing chess, debating and learning a new language.
So, don't let routine take over the lives of your clients! Offer activities that require some conscious effort to stimulate cell growth.
Here are some ideas to be incorporated into your Activities Program.
Start a herb garden with clients; if a garden is not available you can use pots.
Assist clients to find a subject of interest and Google it.
Find someone to teach clients how to juggle.
Offer niche magazines; They may get clients out of their usual thinking patterns. Choose a subject they know nothing about e.g. Furniture, Fishing, Motor-Homes, Boats, Poultry. Encourage them to read and learn new things.
Invite a sign language teacher to visit and teach clients 40 or 50 words.
Have a group of clients write their names with their left hand (or vice-versa if left-handed). There will be a lot of laughter and laughter is a neurobic exercise.
Challenge clients to eat with chopsticks (not rice! You could try chopped fruit).
Audiobooks engage the imagination in a different way. Borrow audiobooks from your local library.
Try to increase the number of purposeful activities your clients engage in; crafts, creative arts, drawing, meditation, reading aloud.
Encourage the need to help each other to generate goodwill.
Have a group of clients choose 10 words and look up their etymology - meaning their linguistic origins.
Offer music from other countries such as Folk and Gypsy music, and other beats, rhythms and drums.
Challenge a group of clients to make a map of the facility they live in.
The most important thing about Neurobics is that it should be a fun time, to be enjoyed by all.
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