Class Topic: Brain Plasticity
9:00 – Welcome Check-In Morning Coffee
9:30 – MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Today’s menu, activities, news and events, etc.
A New Look at Your Well-Being
10:00 – MORNING STRETCH
Hydration, Aromatherapy, Tapping, Gentle Stretching,
Diaphragmatic Breathing, Balance, Brain Integration Exercises, etc.
10:30 – MORNING MENTAL WARM-UPS
Word Game – All Answers Begin With “TRI”
Brain Game – How’s the Weather? – Trivia
Math Challenge – Mind Your Math
Word Game – Word Mining – Over-enthusiastically
11:30 – “MOVING FOR MEMORY”
12:00 – LUNCH
Afternoon Stretch – Breathe, Stretch, Stand, Walk
12:30 – TOPIC AND ACTIVITY
Topic Article – Brain Plasticity
Three Letter Challenge – Board Activity
Top Twelve Tech Terms – Board Activity
Put it in Reverse – Group Activity
1:30 – GUIDED RELAXATION
2:00 – CLASS DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
SAMPLE TOPIC ARTICLE – BRAIN PLASTICITY
Recent advances in neuroscience show that the brain has something called neuroplasticity.
This is the ability of the brain to form not only new connections between existing neurons in the
brain but also to generate new neurons throughout our lives.
For example, consider how people learn to speak again after a stroke, or walk again after an injury.
Creation of these new neural connections can be facilitated through increasing awareness,
focusing attention, and repetitive practice. But what actually happens physically?
Neuroplasticity works through three main processes: myelination, synaptic connection, and neurogenesis.
Myelination protects the neuron and speeds up the transmission of information.
Synaptic connection occurs when existing neurons that have never communicated
with each other before, literally start to connect with one another through the sending and
receiving of chemicals called neurotransmitters.
Neurogenesis occurs when completely new neural cells begin to grow not only in our body,
but also in our brain. Research has linked neurogenesis in our brains to learning new skills
and exercising ones that we have ignored.
With so much to gain, let’s get started growing our brain!
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