Exercise: As you know, exercise has many benefits, including boosting brain cell production, reducing depression, and strengthening muscles, which can contribute to a reduction in falls and injuries, thus helping your patients maintain their independence. Social Connections: Your patients will also have several opportunities to …
THE BRAINFLEX OPTIONS
1. The BrainFlex Workbook:
An Interactive Guide to Aging Well
The BrainFlex curriculum is appropriate for seniors who have a preventative mindset and simply want to be proactive, as well as those that may be in the early to moderate stages of dementia, and everyone in between.
(Those in the early to moderate stage of dementia will need verbal and visual cuing to benefit from the curriculum.)
Based on the concept of ‘brain plasticity, The BrainFlex workbook is an amazing ‘all in one’ workbook for seniors, and a wonderful resource for hired caregivers, (or home care agencies), senior living communities and families. The content provides interactive activities, recipes, exercises, and great conversation boosters too! It’s also fun for seniors to do by themselves, in their downtime or with a group of friends. The workbook goes well beyond the normal activities typically found in a ‘brain training’ workbook. (Click on the ‘Program Details’ tab for more information.)
•Interactive Nutrition Education
•Brain Training/Life-Long Learning
2. Online Classes
These online classes are available through BrainFlex Wellness Club.
Click on the ‘Program Details’ tab for more information.
Each month, classes correlate with one of the ‘BrainFlex’ workbooks. The online classes are a lot of fun; however, due to the platforms available, we’ve had to limit the number of participants to 10 per session.
For program rates click on the ‘Membership’ tab. If this option is of interest to you, simply email us via the ‘contact us’ tab and we will tell you how to get started.
The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 10:30-11:30:
These online classes are available at no cost, through the Maturing Minds Program. Free printable worksheets for these classes can be found under the ‘Maturing Minds’ tab.
KEY CONCEPTSThe BrainFlex® approach is based on four key concepts: Exercise/Meditation, Social Connections, Interactive Nutrition Education, Brain Training/Life-Long Learning. Research supports that applying these concepts together have the potential to slow physical and mental decline.
Brain Training/Life-Long LearningBrain Training utilizes memory, spatial awareness, reasoning skills, & multi-tasking exercises to help retrain your brain and process information, which can help seniors maintain independence in their daily lives. Life-long learning involves learning new information and skills in order to build cognitive reserves.
Interactive Nutrition EducationHealthy eating plays a key role in the brain’s cognitive ability & its resistance to cognitive decline. Each session includes one recipe on a colorful powerpoint with detailed nutritional information about the primary ingredients in the recipe and the benefits they provide to the brain and body.
Sitter-size: 20 minutes of fun and energetic sitter-size designed to strengthen the core, increase range of motion, reduce risk of falls, and strengthen muscles, along with cardio (to increase the oxygen and blood flow to the brain as well as to the other vital organs.)
Meditation: This time incorporates a variety of visualization techniques designed to reduce worry and anxiety, as well as a list of self-affirmations which members are encouraged to speak out loud. Members engage in breathing exercises designed to release stress while increasing oxygen levels in the brain and reducing cortisol levels.