'Mental Aerobics' is a fun cognitive stimulation activity for superannuated adults. I designed Mental Aerobics in 1993 to help older adults believe in their own ability to think and problem solve. The goal is to raise the self-esteem of senior adults by demonstrating that they can continue to think creatively well into later life.
Mental Aerobics presents various types of brain games to be solved in a group setting. Those with an abundance of years are encouraged to believe in their abilities by their own successful performances. It has been used successfully in senior centers, a geriatric psychiatric unit in a hospital, dementia care communities, and retirement and assisted living communities.
This Session Guide will be useful for anyone working with older adults in a group setting, social workers, activity directors, program planners, Sunday School teachers. The Session Guide contains material for 8 sessions, plus resources and suggestions for many more fun sessions.
I have been using Mental Aerobics since 1993. It is gratifying to watch seniors come reluctantly into an initial session and gradually blossom into positive thinkers. There is no competition allowed, no timed activities, and almost all answers are acceptable. The idea is to think, not necessarily to come to a correct answer. Brains like to think!
The Session Guide contains modifications for most activities so they can be used with various levels of cognition. Some pages are left blank to make copying easier. The book itself is spiral bound so it opens flat. The price of $30 includes tax and shipping.