February 19th, 2018 – Saratoga Parkinson’s Support Group

Date: Monday, February 19th, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Woodlawn Commons Bldg,
Saratoga Room 2 nd Floor
At Wesley Health Care Center
156 Lawrence Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

This month our Speaker will be Kathy Johnson, Brain Training.
***See below for additional information***
All persons with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and
caregivers are welcome to attend. For additional info, please
call Bruce McClellan at 518-331- 9611.

Welcome to Brain Training
With Kathy Johnson

Monday through Friday
3:45 – 4:45; please come a little early
PNECC Nolan House (the older structure); buzz to get inside
24 Circular street, Saratoga Springs
Kathy: pyramidofpotential56@gmail.com; 518-885- 2007
Open to all! All ages, created to improve memory and attention
1. Come as often as you can; you cannot change the brain by only working on
it once in a while; practice at home in between sessions
2. Easy activities do not change the brain; neither do activities that are
frustrating. We work at a challenging level. Remember, hard is good!
3. The most important part of brain training is the two physical exercises,
Starfish and Slow Angels. Read more about them on the next page
4. Bring a water bottle daily to training. When you yawn or start to do worse,
5. When you find an activity that is especially challenging, cross walk – march
while touching opposite hand to opposite knee
6. Other things that improve memory and attention:
a. Aerobic exercise like walking and running
b. Social activities
c. Reducing and eliminating sugar – it inflames the brain
d. Stress reducing activities like yoga, meditation, walking in nature, etc.
e. Do these daily
7. Have Fun!! The brain finds engaging activities much more motivating than
those that are boring or too difficult. Feel free to ask Kathy how to modify
any activity to work for YOU

Starfish Exercise to integrate the Moro Reflex
May help with:
Visual problems, Light or auditory hypersensitivity, Anxiety, mood swings,
Difficulty accepting criticism, Dislike of change, Emotionally sensitive

1. Lie back on a chair, bean bag or sofa with pillow under back
2. Tilt head back, arms up and out, legs out wide
3. While breathing out, to the count of 5:
a. Bring arms in and crossed, right over left
b. Bring legs in at the same time, right over left
4. While breathing in, to the count of 5, bring arms and legs back out
5. While breathing out, to the count of five
a. Bring arms in and crossed, LEFT over Right
b. Bring legs in at the same time, LEFT over Right
6. Repeat step #4
7. Repeat entire cycle, steps 3 – 6, 2 more times

Slow Angels to integrate the Spinal Galant Reflex

May help with:
Bladder control, Poor concentration, Poor short term memory, Auditory
processing difficulties, Near focusing problems

1. Lie on back with legs closed and hands at the side.
2. Very slowly do the movements of a snow angel, by bringing the arms up
and opening the legs as wide as possible. Arms stay on the floor as much
as possible.
3. Now, for 30 seconds, close the legs and bring the arms to the starting
4. Every 15 seconds, take a second to readjust the arms and legs. This is a
difficult exercise because the arms move over twice as fast as the legs.
5. Repeat 2 more times.